Hulk Hogan is returning to the WWE next week.
The 60-year-old star, who hasn't been on WWE television since December 2007, is set to make his re-debut on the flagship show Monday Night Raw before appearing on WWE Raw Backstage Pass on Monday, and will also host the special anniversary of WrestleMania 30 in New Orleans in April.
Confirming the news to WWE.com, the multi-time world champion, who first competed at the very first event in 1985, said, "Words cannot express how excited I am to be back in the WWE family. I only have one question for the WWE Universe: Whatcha you gonna do when Hulkamania runs wild as the host of WrestleMania 30? [sic]"
"We are thrilled that Hulk Hogan has returned home to WWE. It's fitting to have him help us celebrate 30 years of 'WrestleMania' and usher in a new era with the launch of WWE Network," added WWE Chairman Vince McMahon.
Linda Hogan was sickened by Hulk Hogan's sex tape.
The 53-year-old former reality TV star - who split from the retired wrestler in 2007 after 24 years of marriage - admits she wasn't shocked that her ex-husband cheated on her with her friend Heather Clem but was disgusted that she only found out about it from the leaked recording.
"I knew something was going on behind my back, I just didn't know it was so close to home. I was at her wedding! That tape was sickening. Watching them do that behind my back turned my stomach," she said.
The mother-of-two - who shares daughter Brooke, 24, and son Nick, 22, with her 59-year-old ex - says the affair which happened shortly before their split clarified a lot of issues in their marriage: "He couldn't even look me in the eye sometimes during our relationship, and I bet he thought I was too busy to notice his lies."
Hulk Hogan has settled his lawsuit against Bubba the Love Sponge.
The wrestler has dropped charges against his former best friend over his leaked sex tape, but is still suing Bubba's ex-wife Heather Clem - who stars in the saucy video alongside Hulk - and website host Gawker Media for allegedly violating his privacy.
Bubba - real name Todd Alan Clem - released an apology letter on Monday in which he revoked his previous statement that Hulk leaked the tape for publicity and was aware he was being filmed, TMZ is reporting. The radio DJ announced, "It is my belief that Hulk is not involved, and has not ever been involved, in trying to release the video, or exploit it, or otherwise gain from the video's release in any way."
He added he is now "committed to helping Hulk and his attorneys find whoever is responsible for the release of the tape."
Hulk Hogan's sex tape will remain on Gawker. The former wrestler has lost his bid for a temporary restraining order against the website - which is currently showing a one minute and 40 second snippet of his intimate encounter with Heather Clem - but a hearing on his request for an injunction will take place on November 8.
According to E! News, U.S. District Court Judge James D. Whittemore said, "Upon consideration, Plaintiff has failed to show that immediate and irreparable injury, loss or damage will result before Defendants can be heard in opposition."
Hulk, whose real name is Terry Bollea, is seeking $100 million in damages from Gawker as well as unspecified damages from his former best friend Bubba the Love Sponge and Bubba's ex-wife Heather for recording him without permission.
The "TNA IMPACT Wrestling" star's lawyer said the actions of those involved in leaking the tape were "illegal, outrageous, and exceeded the bounds of human decency." The lawyers were also calling for any copies of the tape to be handed over to them to be destroyed forever.
Bubba the Love Sponge has implied that Hulk Hogan leaked his own sex tape.
The DJ lashed out at his former best friend - who can be seen cavorting with Bubba's estranged wife Heather Clem in the video - and thinks the "self-centred" wrestler could have released the footage for publicity.
Speaking on his radio show, Bubba - who is believed to feature at the end of the tape bragging about how he could sell the footage - said, "I'm gonna be honest with you, I have not seen the tape... including me supposedly bragging and being a horse's ass. At the end of the day, I can't even comment on the validity... [Hulk] could have had something to do with the leak of it."
Hulk is suing Bubba and Heather for $100 million, claiming they filmed him without his consent. However, Bubba issued a reminder to Hulk live on air, saying, "Nobody put a gun to your head" and insisted it was consensual.
Hulk Hogan's sex tape was reportedly leaked by an unhappy ex-employee of his best friend Bubba the Love Sponge.
The TNA IMPACT Wrestling star has been left devastated after X-rated footage of him and Heather Clem - the estranged wife of Bubba - surfaced online, and it has now been claimed an unpaid former Sirius XM Radio staff member working with the grappler's close pal was responsible for the release of the tape.
While working at the radio station, Bubba is said to have shared the sex tape with his "outraged" former employee, who is now thought to have released it as "payback" for Bubba quitting his job as a host at the station in December 2010 to return to terrestrial radio. A source told RadarOnline.com, "Even though Bubba knew how much the Hulk sex tape would be worth, he didn't stab his friend in the back and he's not the one who released it. It's a former employee of Bubba's who was outraged when he left Sirius to go back to terrestrial radio. He wanted payback."
Hulk Hogan's sex tape has leaked online.
A nearly two-minute clip of the wrestling legend with a mystery brunette, taken from a security camera, has appeared on the internet. In the clip, the 59-year-old grappler - famous for boasting of his "24 inch python" arms - stands by a bed while the woman is spread across it naked. Off camera an unknown man says, "You guys do your thing. I'll be in the office if you need me."
Hulk and the woman - alleged to be Heather Clem, the ex-wife of his best friend, radio DJ Bubba the Love Sponge - can then be seen briefly engaging in sex acts, before Hulk is interrupted and goes to answer his phone as he believes it maybe his son, Nick. They then resume relations and at one point Hulk says, "You got a rubber? I want you to climb on top of me," and the lady duly obliges.
Afterwards, the TNA IMPACT star can be seen getting dressed, but before leaving tells his conquest, "You're a hot commodity."
The woman in Hulk Hogan's sex tape is embarrassed about sleeping with the wrestling legend.
A nearly two-minute clip of Hulk with a busty brunette - alleged to be Heather Clem, the ex-wife of his best friend, radio DJ Bubba the Love Sponge - has leaked online and friends of Heather claim she is distraught their romp has been made public.
"Heather is completely devastated the sex tape has appeared in public and doesn't want to talk about it. She thinks it puts her in a bad light - it's not as if Hulk's a hunk and it's a pretty embarrassing moment. Heather didn't want her friends and family knowing that she had sex with Hulk Hogan - he's very corny. It was a private moment, and wasn't meant to be shared with anyone else," a source said.
She is also said to be horrified that the video makes her look like "a piece of meat."
The 58-year-old wrestling legend admits he went "crazy" and was "running wild" with more than one love interest for four months around the time the tape was created, which he thinks must have been about five years ago after he split from wife Linda Hogan in 2007.
The footage is alleged to show the IMPACT Wrestling star involved in sexual relations with a mystery brunette woman.
"It wasn't just one brunette I was running wild for a few months. I don't even remember people's names much less girls. Why would someone hold onto this for at least five years?" Hulk - who uses the wrestling catchphrase "whatcha gonna do when Hulkamania runs wild over you" - told TMZ.com.
Hulk - real name Terry Bollea - has branded the tape, which is currently being offered for sale to porn companies - an "outrageous invasion of privacy" and claims it was "secretly filmed."
Hulk Hogan claims a sex tape allegedly featuring him and a mystery brunette was "secretly filmed."
The legendary wrestler is furious about the recording - which is currently being offered for sale to porn companies - and has branded it an "outrageous invasion of privacy." According to TMZ.com, the footage shows the 58-year-old WWE champion - real name Terry Bollea - getting intimate with an unidentified brown-haired woman who is not thought to be his blonde wife Jennifer McDaniel or ex-wife Linda Hogan.
However, it is not know when the tape was made. "Terry Bollea is appalled at the unauthorized release of a secretly filmed video. (Hulk) neither approved of the filming nor the release of the same. It is clearly an outrageous invasion of privacy and breach of trust if it is genuine. We will take all necessary steps to enforce both civil and criminal liability," his lawyer David Houston, told TMZ.
Steve Hirch, the founder of adult company Vivid Entertainment, claims he was offered the recording for a price, although the person offering the sale has not been identified.
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