Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Rant #636: The Incredible Hulk
It is incredible how Hulk Hogan's name constantly is in the news.
While 30 years ago, it was for all the right reasons--he was the top wrestler in the world, and his popularity helped bring professional wrestling to a new level--today, it is for all the wrong reasons.
The latest one is that the Hulkster--Terry Bollea on his birth certificate--is suing his ex-wife for defamation.
Evidently, Hulk's ex-wife claims in a memoir and in interviews to promote that tome that not only did he brutally attack her while they were married, but that he had an affair with another person.
And the other person just happens to be ex-wrestler Brutus Beefcake.
She claims the Hulkster had his Beefcake and ate it too, I guess.
Of course, Hogan says that this is nothing but a pack of lies from a vindictive ex-spouse.
"If any of that was true, I would admit it, and I was a homosexual I would embrace it," he is reported to have said in news reports. "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."
The Hulkster has been happily married to his current wife--who looks just like his former wife, but much younger, of course--for a year now, but his divorce has been anything but amicable.
Both sides have leveled various charges against the other over the past several months, and it doesn't appear as if it is going to stop anytime soon.
So much for amicable divorces! I can tell you from personal experience that there isn't any such thing. Both sides can appear to be pleasant toward each other, but let's face it, there had to be something to divide the two, and you just know that there is something kicking inside of at least one of them that makes the prospect of a "happy" divorce completely impossible.
Are the charges true? At this point, it really doesn't make any difference whether they are true or not. It is pretty much all water under the bridge.
Hulk and his ex are divorced, they have each seemingly moved on with their lives--his ex is dating a guy who is probably less than half her age--and that should be that.
But his ex keeps on bringing things up, negative things about the Hulkster.
Again, who knows if they are true, but I see a very vindictive ex-wife here.
They have two children to parent. That should be their focus, and not this nonsense.
But I can tell you, again from personal experience, that the nonsense seems to always creep into whatever happens in the family that is rocked by divorce.
And what of Brutus Beefcake? What does he have to say about this mess that he has been drawn into?
Nobody has heard from him at all at this point in time. Maybe the former "Barber" has taken the best tack in this whole thing.
Just don't say anything.
Posted by Larry at 3:57 AM