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Hulk Hogan reinstated into WWE Hall of Fame after three-year suspension

For The Baltimore Sun

WWE announced Sunday that Hulk Hogan has been reinstated into its Hall of Fame.

“After a three-year suspension, Hulk Hogan has been reinstated into the WWE Hall of Fame,” the WWE said in a statement. “This second chance follows Hogan’s numerous public apologies and volunteering to work with young people, where he is helping them learn from his mistake. These efforts led to a recent induction into the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Alumni Hall of Fame.”

The suspension started in 2015 after a sex tape involving Hogan was released with Hogan using racist language about African-Americans, including using the N-word several times. Hogan, who was a judge on “Tough Enough” at the time, was immediately removed from television, and all references of him on the WWE Hall of Fame website were removed.

Over the past few months, rumors of Hogan's return to WWE television had ramped up, some fueled by Hogan himself. WWE had previously released a statement, saying, “We have had discussions with Terry Bollea (aka Hulk Hogan) about how he can help others learn from his mistakes. However, he is not under any contract with WWE.”

Now that he's back in the WWE Hall of Fame, Hogan’s return to television might not be far behind.

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