Arguably, Hulk Hogan’s greatest WWE rival was “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. So naturally Piper would have a lot to say regarding Hogan’s recent fall from grace and TMZ Sports was lucky enough to get it all on video.
Piper has been fairly outspoken on Hogan’s mess ever since the first transcript of Hogan using racial slurs was released earlier in the week. Piper has never been a guy to mince words nor has he been afraid to embrace controversy. As a matter of a fact, Piper is currently involved in his own controversy with Stone Cold Steve Austin over a podcast. Needless to say, Piper has an opinion and isn’t afraid to give it.
Piper feels that we should all move on. Piper says we should get over it. Piper says that it was impossible to be racist in the pro wrestling business. Coming from a man who painted half of his body in black-face during a feud with an African American Wrestler, I wouldn’t expect much less.
Check out the video for yourself courtesy of TMZ Sports. A much more coherent performance than his appearance earlier in the week on the Rich Eisen Show.
Hulk Hogan isn’t making it easy. Transcripts released throughout the week featured the WWE icon using slurs and homophobic language. Unfortunately, it has gotten to the point that even his biggest fans are struggling to root for their childhood hero.
I have never been one to demonize a public figure over language. Yet I am still looking for a path of clarity and forgiveness for the Hulkster. I can’t find it and that path becomes murkier and murkier daily. Thanks for the memories as a 13-year old kid cheering on the Hulk in 1984 at the Spectrum, but what there is no excuse for your behavior.
We all know the story by now. Hogan is caught on tape using F and N-words that I don’t care to reprint in this blog. Hogan also claims in a conversation meant to be private, that he is a racist…little albeit but he does make that claim. As much as I hate to see a guy lose a 30-plus year legacy, the language and point of view he owned on that tape are just strong to forgive.
What excuse can you logically make for the guy? I have seen several, some even coming out of his own ..click here to read more
I have some great news for you NFL fans. NFL training camps are starting to get underway. The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Minnesota Vikings have already gotten started, as they’re playing against each other in the Pro Football Hall of Fame game on August 9, 2015. Many other teams are starting to open up camps in preparation for the upcoming 2015-16 season. I’m very excited about the upcoming season, as I am sure my readers are as well.
The defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots have opened camp on July 23, 2015 for the rookies, and today, July 29, 2015, for the veterans. Well, unless you have been living under a rock, as you already know, the Patriots enter camp with a huge uncertainty at the QB position, thanks to a six month long saga called “Deflategate.” The Patriots were accused of tampering with footballs in the 2014-15 AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts. The Patriots were fined $1,000,000 and lost 2 draft picks. QB Tom Brady was suspended 4 games for “being generally aware” that Equipment Manager James McNally and John Jamstremski were deflating the footballs and for not cooperating with Investigator Ted Wells. Yesterday, on July 28th, ..click here to read more
Fifteen years ago Monday, professional wrestling lost its story teller. Gordon Solie passed away, leaving behind a legacy that has been unmatched and a hole in the business of reporting professional wrestling. With all fairness to Jim Ross, no one can touch the subtle tones of Solie’s match calling and his interview skills from the desk at Championship Wrestling from Florida.
My friend and fellow Camel Clutch Blog writer Tom Clark said last month that when Dusty Rhodes died, he lost his second father. For me, as a sports writer and someone who was in awe growing up of sportscasters and play-by-play commentators, Solie was the teacher I never knew I had.
As a small child (I think six years old), my brother and I could not wait until noon on a Saturday when we could watch CWF with my dad. It was one of my first memories of watching “sports” as a family. Solie was at the announcers’ desk with Jerry Brisco and Barbara Clary and the wrestlers who came out – Dusty Rhodes, Bugsy McGraw, Terry Funk – they were larger than life heroes of mine.
Solie made me a fan instantly and I have loved the business ever since.
It’s that time of the year again folks, the dark period of sports that is an endless ESPN news cycle of football suspensions, NBA title victory tours, coaching hires, free agency, and off-season shenanigans. That’s right everyone, it’s baseball season or better known to wrestling fans as the “Post-WrestleMania” period.
Growing up during the Attitude and Invasion Eras, I always looked forward to the Post-Wrestlemania time. It was a time for excitement as storylines were refreshed, long title reigns began, and small titles changed hands. The faces that lost their matches at Mania almost always had a comeback, and the heels generally found their comeuppance or turned on the jets, launching more diabolical schemes to bring the faces to their knees (although Big Evil dragging Hogan behind his bike does seem a bit less diabolical given this weekend’s events). Yes, the typical lineup of Backlash, Judgment Day, King of the Ring, and Vengeance all were key elements of formulating an exciting time in the wrestling world for building to our mid-year climax that is SummerSlam, and overall, it was a fun time to be a wrestling fan. In essence, the “Post-Wrestlemania” period is like the 1st episode of the next ..click here to read more
One WWE Hall of Famer may be out of WWE 2K16, but a recent Hall of Famer is coming in. A new video showcases a new member of the roster making his WWE video game debut.
Arnold Schwarzenegger will be making his WWE video game debut as the Terminator. Yes, the Terminator will be a WWE pre-order special character for 2K16. If they decide to go with a WCW classic mode, maybe you’ll have the opportunity to book a Terminator vs. RoboCop battle for the cruiserweight title?
I haven’t played WWE video games in well over a decade, but this one looks pretty cool. Best of all may be this promotional video WWE 2K posted on their YouTube channel, recreating a scene from the Terminator with WWE superstars. Of course, all sense of logic is lost when you see Daniel Bryan sitting at the bar.
WWE 2K16 hits the shelves October 27 in North America.
For fans of North America’s top-tier soccer league, 2015 has been a memorable year for a lot of reasons. We’re seeing incredible growth in the 20-year-old league, but there are still things to fix. Here are three things that show how far MLS has come – and three reasons to stay reasonable about its prospects.
Three Reasons to Celebrate Progress:
The 2015 league expansion
The addition of NYCFC and Orlando City Soccer Club this year has not been without its drama (more on that later), but it’s hard to say that they were anything but an overall success. Both teams are attracting crowds, with NYCFC out-drawing their 20-year-old neighbors, the Red Bulls, and Orlando City routinely filling a large and attractive stadium. In fact, the most attended match of the year so far was the Orlando City-NYCFC showdown, where 62,358 fans showed up. That game helped fuel an attendance surge early on. In the first two months of the season, MLS attendance was up 11% compared to last year. Expect similar overall numbers for the year.
Mel Gibson has never had his name legally changed to Martin Riggs nor has he been known to stagger about Hollywood neighborhoods brandishing a prop LAPD badge shouting, “hey, where’s the bad guys?” Thus, socially just and conscientious action film fans can still watch Lethal Weapon and feel somewhat okay about it. It was Mel Gibson, the actor, who shocked the world with his raging misogyny and anti-Semitism, not the hero cop character from the movie. On the night of November 17, 2006, Michael Richards was not introduced as Kramer, nor was he sporting a lobster-print Hawaiian shirt and a wild, wavy, 6-inch-high hairdo when he took the stage at the Laugh Factory to unleash some seemingly deep-seated anger and hate-speak upon its unsuspecting patrons. This makes it easier for Seinfeld fans to push the incident to the back of their consciousness as they routinely tune in to its nightly reruns. For wrestling fans though, and more specifically, for a diehard sect of them who refer to themselves as “Hulkamaniacs,” things are a little more complicated.
Hulk Hogan is the most recent celebrity to join the ever-growing racist-rant list… more dreadful a list for a celeb to ..click here to read more
Hours prior to comments Hulk Hogan made about being a racist hit the Internet, the WWE swiftly distanced itself from the icon. Rumors swirl that more of the cord may be cut, including the WWE Hall of Fame.
The WWE wasted no time reacting to a leaked conversation featuring its most recognizable legend in company history. While word of this alleged tape of Hogan using racial slurs including admitting to being a racist has been rumored for years, the WWE never appeared to be that concerned. That changed once the National Enquirer announced a D-Day of sorts and announced that it would be finally releasing comments from that tape to the public. It was immediately Code Red in Stamford as the company moved faster than an Ultimate Warrior vs. Andre the Giant match to let the world know that Hogan was no longer associated with the company.
The company started first by removing all merchandise of Hulk from the website. The company also removed his name as a search term and further, removed Hulk from the Hall of Fame page. This is where things got real interesting, because while many understood the immediate drastic reaction, insinuating that Hogan would ..click here to read more
Someone said to me the other day that he preferred the current role of Triple H to that of his father-in-law, none other than Vince McMahon, or the “Mr. McMahon” character he created at the height of the Attitude Era.
What? Excuse me? Are you serious?
Honestly, I was floored by the comment, especially since this person is quite knowledgeable about wrestling and has been a fan more than 40 years and watches Raw and every other wrestling program on weekly television as if it life and death.
Yes, I have told him he needs a hobby other than living and dying by what new promo Paul Heyman cuts on a weekly basis.
This being Triple H’s birthday (it’s also Dolph Ziggler’s, and there is some irony in that, but I’ll save it for another blog), the subject of which boss may not be worth a conversation, or it could be worth hours of point and counterpoint. Personally, it could be somewhere in the middle and here is why.
The WWF/E was not the first wrestling promotion to use its owner as part of the growing soap opera that brought thousands to turnstiles over the years. But the company may have been the best at ..click here to read more