Hulk Hogan is one of the most recognizable stars in professional wrestling, making himself into a household name in the 1980’s and appearing in cartoons, starring in movies, and helping WWE to new heights with the advent of WrestleMania.
However, the star’s legacy has been tainted over the years, largely due to his participation in a sex tape he says was made without his permission.
In 2006, Hogan was filmed having sex with Heather Clem, who was married to his longtime friend Bubba the Love Sponge. Clem was known to have an alternative lifestyle, and Hogan claims he was simply stopping by the house to say hello when she tempted him into sleeping with her with the understanding that her husband was ok with the situation.
Hogan didn’t know that the encounter was captured on film, and in 2012, Gawker published a short clip of the video on its website. Matters were made worse for Hogan when it was revealed in 2015 that Hulk Hogan used explicit racist language on the tape, and Hogan was subsequently suspended from the WWE Hall of Fame until he was reinstated in 2018.
Hogan sued the media organization, and in March of 2016, he was awarded $115 million in compensatory damages and $25 million in punitive damages. Gawker was forced to declare bankruptcy, and in November of 2016, the company reached a $31 million settlement with Hogan.
Hulk Hogan’s Sex Tape Scandal Will Be Profiled On TNT’s Rich & Shameless
Now, it has been revealed that Hogan’s sex tape scandal will feature on season two of TNT’s docuseries Rich & Shameless. An IMDB description of the episode reads as follows:
The story of American icon and world-famous wrestler, Hulk Hogan. He had it all… fans, money, a loving family, even his own TV show… but when an infamous sex tape was leaked to the media it changed his life forever. This film uncovers the scandal beyond the ring, the man vs the legend and his ultimate fight for privacy.
An official trailer for the upcoming season can be viewed below.
The episode featuring Hogan is set to air on TNT on May 17th.
In a March 2022 interview, Hogan reflected on what he thinks his eventual legacy will be.