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Figure Four Weekly: Hogan takes first step towards WWE return

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Nearly three years after being fired from the company, Hulk Hogan's return to WWE took a major step forward on Sunday.

After Hogan was spotted flying into Cleveland -- which was apparently a failed attempt to avoid him being seen coming to Pittsburgh, where WWE's Extreme Rules pay-per-view was being held -- WWE announced on Sunday afternoon that Hogan had been reinstated into their Hall of Fame.

"After a three-year suspension, Hulk Hogan has been reinstated into the WWE Hall of Fame," WWE wrote in a statement. "This second chance follows Hogan's numerous public apologies and volunteering to work with young people, where he is helping them learn from his mistake. These efforts led to a recent induction into the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Alumni Hall of Fame.

Hogan was fired from WWE in July 2015 when the details of a leaked racist rant, which included him using the n-word multiple times and admitting to being "racist, to a point," from the previous decade were made public.

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