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WWE responds to reported talks with Hulk Hogan


Following a TMZ report about Hulk Hogan nearing a return to the company, WWE has again commented on his status.

TMZ Sports reported today that high-ranking WWE officials and Hogan have been in contact and both sides want to make sure his return is done "the right way." TMZ also noted that WWE was paying close attention to Hogan's induction speech at the Boys & Girls Club's alumni Hall of Fame ceremony earlier this week, where he spoke about having the chance to help kids not make the same mistakes he's made.

WWE issued a statement about the story: "WWE applauds the work Hulk Hogan is doing with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to turn what was a negative into a positive by helping young people learn from his mistake. While he has taken many steps in the right direction since we parted ways, Hogan is not currently under contract to WWE."

Though he didn't end up working the show, TMZ wrote that a member of the Saudi royal family asked for Hogan to participate in last week's Greatest Royal Rumble event. That apparently led to more talks between the sides.

PWInsider reported in March that WWE and Hogan had been talking about him making a return in some form, with the company replying that they've had discussions with him about how he can help others learn from his mistakes. WWE stated that Hogan wasn't scheduled for any of their upcoming events after HBO invited him to the premiere of their Andre the Giant documentary.

Hogan was fired from WWE in July 2015 due to a leaked racist rant where he used the n-word multiple times.