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Old 07-25-2015, 02:20 PM   #121
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I guess the WWE has also fired every single wrestler, writer, and Vince McMahon himself for every racist storyline over the last 40+ years.
That was brought up to WWE. WWE's response was something along the lines of that was scripted satire similar to any other tv show or movie, whereas the Hulkster's comments were not.
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Old 07-25-2015, 02:27 PM   #122
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I just think firing him and deleting him from their Hall of Fame is completely overboard considering people like Riley Cooper still plays football for the Eagles.


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Old 07-25-2015, 03:19 PM   #123
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I just think firing him and deleting him from their Hall of Fame is completely overboard considering people like Riley Cooper still plays football for the Eagles.

You've just compared Hulk Hogan (regarded by many as the Babe Ruth of Pro Wrestling) to Riley Cooper. In 3 years (if that), no one will care about Riley Cooper whereas Hogan is regarded as arguably the most popular wrestler in the history of the industry. Not to mention a mainstream entertainment icon as well. People who know nothing about pro wrestling know the name Hulk Hogan.


WWE is a publicly traded company and has stockholders to answer to. Their only recourse at the present time was to terminate Hogan.
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Old 07-25-2015, 03:20 PM   #124
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They could have just suspended him.


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Old 07-25-2015, 03:32 PM   #125
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They could have just suspended him.

Well, one thing about pro wrestling is you never say never. Plenty of performers have been fired by WWE and returned. Hogan included. Right now, WWE wants nothing to do with him, but that could definitely change. WWE can't say he's been suspended indefinitely. That wouldn't satisfy their shareholders, their sponsors, the USA Network and fans who were offended by his statements. Plus termination says that racism won't be tolerated. I wouldn't be surprised if one day he returned though.
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Old 07-25-2015, 03:33 PM   #126
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Well, one thing about pro wrestling is you never say never. Plenty of performers have been fired by WWE and returned. Hogan included. Right now, WWE wants nothing to do with him, but that could definitely change. WWE can't say he's been suspended indefinitely. That wouldn't satisfy their shareholders, their sponsors, the USA Network and fans who were offended by his statements. Plus termination says that racism won't be tolerated. I wouldn't be surprised if one day he returned though.

They should have him return as a black man. LOL


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Old 07-31-2015, 06:48 PM   #127
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Oh fuck...no....
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Old 07-31-2015, 07:23 PM   #128
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And if you remember this really depressing article from last year:

Ultimate Warrior: One-Third Of WrestleMania VI Competitors Now Dead | ThePostGame

Piper was also on the card at VI.
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Old 07-31-2015, 07:55 PM   #129
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Piper, along with Ricky Steamboat also wrestled at Wrestlemania 25. To date, that was the last time a wrestler who appeared at Wrestlemania 1 wrestled on a Wrestlemania.

Very sad stuff.
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Old 07-31-2015, 07:59 PM   #130
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RIP Hot Rod.

Easily the best promo man from the 1980's. Roddy, of course, headlined the very WrestleMania when he and Paul Orndorff faced the team of Hulk and Mr.T in the tag team Main Event. Roddy also had the displeasure of facing Mr.T again the next year at WM 2 in a boxing match. Roddy's best match at WM was when Bret "Hitman" Hart challenged him for his IC title (the only title he ever held in the WWF) at WM 8. Roddy lost, but wrestling fans were the winners that night because that was one of Roddy's best matches ever in the WWF.

Then there were the many episodes of Piper's Pit with the most famous one being when he legit nailed Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka in the head with a coconut. If there was anyone who knew how to draw heel heat, it was Piper. There will never be another one like him.
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"Fun" fact - this means that the earliest Wrestlemania card you can go back to and find a card where everyone is still alive is Wrestlemania 26.

...don't get into wrestling.
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Guess he's finally all out of bubblegum.


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Guess he's finally all out of bubblegum.
This actually made me laugh. Easily, Roddy's best movie role. He should have done more movies. He certainly had the charisma.
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This actually made me laugh. Easily, Roddy's best movie role. He should have done more movies. He certainly had the charisma.

Oh man. That fight scene. So good. And it influenced South Park's cripple fight.


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For me his passing is sadder than most wrestling losses over the years because Piper was one of the '80s guys that to me seemed so much larger than life due in part to his charisma and overall character. It' funny, when I started watching in '89 right before Wrestlemania 5 I'd see the WM 5 reports and they'd advertise him coming back and I remember thinking "I kind of know who he is" because I'd catch glimpses of him on tv in the mid '80s. When the wrestling bug bit me my mom told me stories about her, my dad, and her mom, going to the local San Bernardino wrestling arena on Saturday night's in the late '70s and catch guys like Piper, Andre The Giant. Gene Lebelle (who trained Piper) etc, on the Southern Cslifornia wrestling circuit before WWF took over everything by '85.

My dad told me about how obnoxious Piper was and he saw a wrestler get pissed off at Piper over something and he did a move that seemed like a shoot move (as we'd describe it today) where he stomped Piper's throat and Piper ended up puking in the ring. The San Bernardino arena was kind of legendary for the time, and when I was able to finally watch Piper's 1987 movie "Body Slam" it was actually kind of awesome to see the scenes in the movie shot at the San Bernardino arena. It must have been suggested by Piper as a nod to the area and maybe those days. My mom says Piper was hilarious and charming when he wasn't playing the heel and told a story about when she'd go backstage to meet the wrestlers and Piper asked her out on a date. Of course my dad was there...


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