Usually we don’t do wrestling stories here. It’s not a sport. Of course, we’re all truly in the entertainment business, not the sports media business, cuz the sports media business doesn’t really exist; it’s all about ratings, numbers, viewers, page views, “infotainment” etc.
And wrestling probably embodies this best. Especially the WWF turned WWE. Notice it’s called World Wrestling “Entertainment.” It’s expected to be drama, gossip, and soap opera silliness, and now it’s spilling over to the legal and entertainment media worlds. And this story is too unique to just pass up doing a post on.
Hulk Hogan is currently embroiled in a bitter divorce (is there any other kind?) with ex-wife Linda Bollea.
And whatcha gonna do when possible defamation suits reign down on you?
“After the four-year crazy divorce I thought I’d heard everything I could hear in the courtroom,” he told Us Weekly, laughing. “Then, all of a sudden she says I abused her, that I was violent. She told everybody that I was a homosexual.” (Linda leveled her claims in both a shocking memoir and interviews promoting the book.
Clarified Hogan about Linda’s charge that he had a sexual relationship with fellow wrestler Brutus Beefcake: “If any of that was true, I would admit it, and I was a homosexual I would embrace it. It’s just so crazy to hear, so I have a real problem with it….If you’re going to say I’m something that I’m not to try to ruin my career and my livelihood….I have to answer her back.”
Wait, wait wait, hold on- a man who gets sweaty grappling with other men for a living might have had homosexual relations?? SHOCKING! Especially when one of them (Beefcake) always dressed up like a Chippendales dancer in tights; and these tights had fishnet cut-outs in order to show more skin. And sometimes a boa on top of it all.
Wow! VERY SURPRISED that a man like that could possibly be gay. Just did NOT see that one coming at all.
Terry Bolea (that’s Hulk’s real name) is obviously in the middle of a he said, she said war with his ex, and I’m not even going to try and speculate who’s lying and who’s telling the truth. I’m just proud that Hulk answered the accusations without using any gay slurs or gay-bashing. In the wrestling world, that type of talk is sometimes par for the course, and Bolea didn’t pander to the lowest common denominator.
As you can see from the pic above, Hogan and Beefcake have been a tag team before. They worked together- there’s nothing sexual in that above sentence; none.
But I’m shocked that this is the first rumor we’ve ever heard of homosexual relations among WWF/WWE personality, the activity itself really is inherently gay, if you look at it more closely. And it is pretty funny that “Brutus Beefcake” is a trending term on the internet today.
For some 80s retro, here’s Beefcake’s entrance music
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