One of the biggest happenings in the world of wrestling recently was the reinstatement of Hulk Hogan into the WWE Hall of Fame. Back in July 24, 2015, Hogan’s sex tape became public and it was revealed that Hulk Hogan had made racist comments. This was followed by one of the most unceremonious splits wherein all reference to Hogan was removed from the WWE website. Hogan’s merchandise was no longer available for sale and even the Hulkster’s character was removed from the WWE 2K15 game. While some considered this an overreaction, many felt that Hogan would never be fully forgiven. One of those people was Mark Henry and when asked about Hogan’s reinstatement, Henry said that it was a 50-50 split when it came to black wrestlers welcoming this decision.
According to TMZ Sports, Henry was quoted as saying “No, no, it’s 50/50. I’ve talked to guys that were like ‘the hell with him.’ And then I had guys that were like ‘if [Hogan] is willing to make a change, and try to help out and go speak up and be part of the answer rather than a part of the problem, then it’s all good.’ ”
Last year when Henry was asked about the same, he had said that the only way Hogan would ever be accepted was if he went up to each black wrestler and apologized personally.
Even now Henry is of the opinion that he doesn’t mind forgiving Hogan as he believes that this whole experience is something that can be a learning experience and used as a teaching experience for others. He believes that rather than condemning Hogan forever, this can be used as an avenue to show that people can still be forgiven if they try. He was further quoted as saying
“I think it’s good in a lot of ways because there’s always a learnable moment, a teachable moment. It teaches forgiveness and teaches us that we can step up from adversity. It also shows that in a time with so much racial divide with government and different things, different social groups, that there are some people that actually have an affinity and care, and want to redeem themselves. I hope that he can do that.”
Henry also felt that Hogan is making a genuine effort to redeem himself.
“I do. I genuinely feel like he wants to clear his name. He sees people that used to respect him, but they look at him different. It hurts, but he brought that on himself. He’s trying his best to clear that up. I don’t know if it’s from—some people are going to say he’s missing those big checks, so he wants to rectify that situation—that’s always going to be a factor. We always want to keep our buying power up, but I don’t think that’s the case with him. I think if he did some appearances where he helped raise money to go to some of these organizations that need help in the inner cities, urban sectors, then I think that people would be less likely to it to be a ploy for him to make more money.”
Mark Henry has always been one of those people who commands a lot of respect backstage. This endorsement should help Hogan a lot in redeeming himself.