Hulk Hogan Reportedly Close to WWE Return

According to TMZ Sports, the WWE is currently working hard on getting Hulk Hogan's ass back in the ring. Both high ranking WWE officials, as well as the Hulkster, have been in touch, and the conversations between the two sides has reportedly been positive.

TMZ adds that, when the WWE made plans to hold an event in Saudi Arabia (which was held last week), a member of the royal family had mentioned Hogan by name, and asked if he could participate. Had you watched that event, you'd know that Hogan was not there. But the inquiry began a dialogue between Hogan and the WWE powers-that-be.

Hogan was previously axed from the company, back in 2015, after audio of him using the n-word surfaced. At the time, the WWE attempted to get out in front of that tape going public by terminating Hogan's contract, while also scrubbing nearly every mention of him from their website (his characters from the WWE 2K15 and 2K16 video games were also cut).

WWE is now open to bringing him back to the promotion, but TMZ reports they want to ensure it's done “the right way.” More specifically, TMZ says that those involved want to be sensitive to anyone who may've been offended by Hogan's rant, while also portraying Hulk as a changed man who's learned from his mistake(s). 

Sources told TMZ that WWE was paying attention to a speech Hogan gave to the Boys & Girls Club this week, where he tried to educate kids on not using the same language he had used. They were trying to gauge reaction to Hogan's speech, which was apparently received well.

Asked for a comment by TMZ, WWE mentioned that speech while also making sure the outlet knows that he isn't currently under contract with their organization.

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,” they said. “While he has taken many steps in the right direction since we parted ways, Hogan is not currently under contract to WWE.” 

Seems like something to monitor.

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It's been more than three years since Brock Lesnar said he was “closing the door” on his UFC career—but that door just keeps opening back up. Lesnar is returning to the UFC, the mixed martial arts organization's president, Dana White, revealed on FOX Sports Wednesday night.

“Yeah, Brock Lesnar is coming back,” White answered with a laugh when Daniel Cormier asked if the WWE star would return to the Octagon. “I don't know when, but he is.”

Lesnar has not fought in the UFC since July 2016, when he defeated Mark Hunt by unanimous decision. He took Hunt down four times.

For that fight, Lesnar received what was a UFC record purse at the time: $2.5 million. (Conor McGregor has since broken that record.) After the fight, however, Lesnar tested positive for a banned substance, an estrogen blocker. The Nevada State Athletic Commission fined him $250,000 and suspended him from competition for one year. 

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Lesnar “retired” for a second time in February 2017. Lesnar's return details haven't been finalized, but Ariel Helwani—perhaps the most plugged-in MMA journalist on the planet—reports that he's really coming back.

The 6-foot-3, 290-pound WWE star, who also had a cup of tea in the NFL, is one of the greatest athletes of this generation.

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Conor McGregor has plenty of free time on his hands right now. With no UFC bout on the docket and a rematch with Floyd Mayweather still just a pipe dream, he has been waiting in the wind for the right opportunity to come along. Could that opportunity present itself at WrestleMania in early April?

The idea of McGregor taking his talents to the WWE isn’t exactly new. People have been speculating about the possibility of McGregor making the jump to the WWE for years now, even though he hasn’t exactly shown a lot of love to pro wrestlers. Just last week, John Cena said McGregor would put him—and a bunch of other wrestlers—out of work if he ever decided to wrestle full time.

 

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But it sounds like McGregor might finally be ready to take the plunge into the world of pro wrestling—if you believe the latest betting odds. The online gambling website Oddschecker just announced that they’re giving McGregor 7/4 odds of appearing at WrestleMania 34. For those unfamiliar with betting odds, that isn’t exactly a slam dunk, but it is an indication that a WrestleMania appearance for McGregor is far from out of the question.

It would make all the sense in the world for McGregor to surprise everyone at WrestleMania. As we mentioned, he doesn’t have a whole lot else going on at the moment. Ronda Rousey will also be featured prominently at the event this year, which means a UFC takeover could be on deck.

But whether McGregor pops up or not, this latest rumor proves that the McGregor-to-the-WWE chatter is going to persist. And it’s starting to feel like it’s only a matter of time before he shows up at a WWE event.

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Heading into Super Bowl LII on Sunday night, there were many NFL fans who wondered if they were about to watch Tom Brady play in his final NFL game. Even though Brady has gone on the record and said he plans to play for a few more seasons—and even though he just won the NFL MVP award—Brady is 40 and on the back nine of his NFL career. So it wouldn’t have been a huge shock if he had come out and said he was retiring after the game.

What was shocking, though, was that it wasn’t Brady talking retirement following the Patriots’ 41-33 loss to the Eagles at Super Bowl LII. Instead, it was Rob Gronkowski contemplating his future. As Gronk licked his wounds after losing the biggest game of the season, the 28-year-old was asked about a tweet Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio sent out on Sunday. It indicated Gronk might call it quits after playing in his third Super Bowl.

To the surprise of many, Gronk didn’t immediately shoot the tweet down. Rather, he said he plans to spend time thinking about his future during the offseason before making any decisions about whether or not he will continue to play football.

“I don’t know how you heard that,” Gronkowski said, “but I mean, I’m definitely gonna look at my future. We’ll sit down in the next couple of weeks and see where I’m at.”

Gronkowski’s admission was stunning to many, but should we really be that surprised by it? It’s been seven years now since Gronk was able to play in a full NFL season. Since then, he’s sustained injuries to his arm, his knee, his back, and maybe most importantly, his head. He was questionable to even play in Super Bowl LII due to a concussion he sustained in the AFC Championship Game against the Jaguars. And while it was only—er, “only”—the first concussion Gronkowski has ever officially been diagnosed with, it stands to reason that it probably got him to thinking about his long-term health.

Gronk is one of the few NFL players who could conceivably become an even bigger star once he retires from the league. Some have suggested he would be a perfect fit for the WWE and could build his brand there while protecting his body better than he can as an NFL player.

But regardless of what Gronk ultimately decides to do this offseason, it seems apparent that he’s not going to play until he’s 40 like Brady. Hell, he might not even reach 30. And if he does decide to end his career prematurely, it shouldn’t come as a surprise after seeing some of the things he’s endured in past seasons.

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What It’s Like to Make Custom Sneakers for Kanye West, LeBron James, and Lonzo Ball

Custom sneakers have become common place these days. Everyone has them: athletes, celebrities, and artists. They're worn on NFL fields, on NBA courts, and shared across social media. To get a better scope of what it's like to make these shoes, Sole Collector's Full Size Run caught up with Mache, the custom sneaker guru to the stars.

During the episode, he talks about a pair of sneakers he gifted to Kanye West that, supposedly, Adidas didn't want him to wear in public, making custom sneakers for LeBron James and Lonzo Ball, and what it was like to make the cleats that Stefon Diggs wore when he made the legendary catch last weekend against the New Orleans Saints.

Mache also reveals a pair of “Free Meek Mill” cleats that will be worn by Jarius Wright this weekend as the Minnesota Vikings play the Philadelphia Eagles.

 

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