What, Why, Explain. Wrestling superstar Hulk Hogan tweeted a cryptic message about a "storm" on Friday, July 24, as the WWE confirmed that it had terminated its contract with Hogan after all mentions of the wrestler mysteriously vanished from its website.
"WWE terminated its contract with Terry Bollea (aka Hulk Hogan)," the organization told Us Weekly in a statement on Friday. "WWE is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide."
In the wake of his termination, alleged audio and video of Hogan supposedly using racial slurs in a 2012 sex tape has apparently been obtained by RadarOnline.
TMZ also claimed on Friday that it has seen the alleged evidence, which supposedly features Hogan discussing how his daughter Brooke was dating an African-American guy. A rep for WWE told the site that it fired Hogan — perhaps the most well-known name on its list of hall of famers — after it received a transcript of his comments in the supposed sex tape.
Prior to the astonishing announcement, Hogan blasted a telling tweet in the late hours of Thursday night.
In the storm I release control,God and his Universe will sail me where he wants me to be,one love. HH
— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) July 24, 2015
Though the "storm" he's currently alluding to remains an unconfirmed mystery, Hogan was scrubbed from the WWE's Superstars page. He's no longer included as a WWE hall of fame member or alumnus. The 61-year-old star has also been removed from the list of judges featured on WWE's reality series, Tough Enough. Hogan's merchandise has also been pulled from the organization's official online store.
Most telling of all was that his biography page comes up with a message that reads, "You are not authorized to access this page."
Hogan's attorney told TMZ that the wrestling personality was not fired, but personally chose to step down from the WWE on Thursday evening.
Prior to the hullabaloo, Hogan gave a fond shout-out to his longtime organization that afternoon via Facebook. "The future of the WWE," he wrote alongside a snap of a group of kids mimicking the WWE's numerous personalities including Hogan, Dusty Rhodes, Ultimate Warrior, and more.
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