Hulk Hogan addressed the WWE locker room before Extreme Rules where he had an apology in store for everyone following his reinstatement into the WWE Hall Of Fame. Hogan recently discussed those events on The Apter Chat where he described the process of getting him back into WWE once again.
Hogan said that Triple H kept tabs on him during his time away from WWE, partly thanks to Hogan's participation in the Boys & Girls Club Of America, who accepted him into their own Hall Of Fame in June.
"Triple H knew what I was doing with the Boys & Girls Club and there was a common bond there so he kept a good eye on what I was doing and I kept him aware of when I was doing appearances and what we had going.
So then we started talking about different things like Saudi Arabia and stuff like that. I said, 'man I'd really just love to talk to Vince.' I'd texted Vince back-and-forth on birthday and he texted me on New Years and stuff like this, but we never really good conversation. So all of a sudden, my phone rings and it's 'hey monster, how you doing?' So we talked and it was like, 'wow man,' we had been texting back and forth but I hadn't heard Vince's voice and it was just so good to hear his voice. He hasn't changed a bit, same old intense Vince and we talked and it was a great conversation"
They agreed to bring Hogan back, but Vince McMahon and Triple H wanted him to speak to the African American Superstars.
"No, I'm not gonna do it. I want to talk to everybody because what I did not only hurt the business. It hurt white, black, every athlete you have, Japanese, everyone who's involved in this business."
Hogan then addressed some members of the WWE locker room who didn't accept his apology in the way it was presented before Extreme Rules.
"A lot of people accepted my apology. A lot of them heard what they wanted to hear and a lot of the narrative that came out of the meeting was on point. A lot of the narrative was really different because I was surprised to see some people interpret what I said to say I was sorry I got caught on camera or whatever they interpreted it. I never said that.
I guess the media and people go with the most negative narrative they can come out of there. But that's pretty much what happened and that's how I got put back into the Hall Of Fame. I was on the way to the meeting and I was put in before I got there which is really, really cool."
Hogan opened up about those wrestlers who were unwilling to accept him back into the fold saying they don't understand the "brotherhood of wrestling," and they also don't know him very well.
"It is what it is. I said those words, it was totally unacceptable and I just really wanted to get in front of all the talent and apologize because I know I hurt this business. You know I just wanna move forward. I just hope the brotherhood can get back to the way it was because you know, when you're in the ring and somebody is bodyslamming somebody or piledriving somebody you protect your brother and you make sure physically that they're safe.