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Hulk Hogan, Donald Trump & The Hypocrisy Of WWE Hall Of Fame

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On Friday, we covered a petition that was established by WWE fans to scrub Donald Trump from the company’s Hall of Fame in light of controversial and offensive comments he’s made as part of his campaign to win the Republican Party nomination for President of the United States. In that coverage, we polled 263 readers and asked their opinion. 57% voted that WWE should remove Trump from their Hall of Fame website, with 27% voting no and 16% being unaware he was inducted in the first place. Below is that poll:

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Should @WWE remove @realDonaldTrump from their Hall of Fame website?

— Richard Gray (@wnwdotcom) December 11, 2015

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— Richard Gray (@wnwdotcom)

Should @WWE remove @realDonaldTrump from their Hall of Fame website?

— Richard Gray (@wnwdotcom) December 11, 2015

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It’s probably safe to assume the WWE Hall of Fame “celebrity wing” doesn’t mean much to Donald Trump but that’s not the issue. The issue with the WWE Hall of Fame is the lack of consistency regarding who is in and who is out.

Earlier this year, audio of Hulk Hoganunleashing a racist tirade a few years ago leaked online. Hours before the leak, WWE completely scrubbed Hogan from their official website, including the removal of his Hall of Fame profile.

WWE defended their decision to part ways with Hogan with this statement:

“WWE terminated its contract with Terry Bollea (aka Hulk Hogan). WWE is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide.”

On September 1, 2015 Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter for the death of his girlfriend in May 1983. WWE reacted accordingly, completely scrubbing him from their Hall of Fame section. They issued a statement, not acknowledging the scrub, but expressing sympathy for the victim. That statement is below:

“WWE expresses its continued sympathy to the Argentino family for their loss. Ultimately this legal matter will be decided by our judicial system.”

The irony here is that Mike Tyson, honored here on, was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2012, despite being convicted of rape on February 10, 1992. While Tyson appealed the verdict, it was denied. He served six years in prison and was on probation for four years. Due to the conviction, he is a tier II registered sex offender under federal law.

The hypocrisy of the WWE Hall of Fame is obvious. They scrub the names that get into trouble or could possibly shed them in a negative light, while looking the other way on the names where the public fails to make the connection. While I realize Donald Trump and Mike Tyson are “celebrity inductees” and they probably don’t even appreciate the honor, what does it say that the performers that earn WWE’s highest honor have to play by another set of rules?

I’m not defending Hogan or Snuka either. Clearly, there are issues and they shouldn’t be swept under the rug. But it shows just how petty WWE is by completely removing their honor when people like Donald Trump and Mike Tyson continue to be celebrated.

WWE should set forth a set of guidelines, explaining just exactly what disqualifies someone from being in their Hall of Fame, otherwise they shouldn’t pick and choose who is to be deleted after induction just for the sake of public image. It devalues the honor and makes it more of a promotional event that doesn’t hold any true significance.

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