With all the recent controversy surrounding estranged WWE Hall of Famer and legend Hulk Hogan, a fellow Hall of Famer may be replacing him on the reality series Tough Enough.
According to Wrestlezone, Bret “The Hitman” Hart could potentially replace Hogan as one of the three judges on Tough Enough, alongside Daniel Bryan and Paige. With Hogan gone, WWE could look to replace him with an equally experienced veteran who could judge the remaining cast on the show.
The report notes that several other names have been discussed to replace the “Immortal” one. Those names have included the “Nature Boy” (Ric Flair), The Miz, Chris Jericho, or using the coaches already on the show as rotating judges. But if Hart would be the one chosen to replace Hogan, the remaining contestants would be judged by one of the all-time greats.
At 58-years-old, Hart has accomplished nearly everything a professional wrestler can set out to do. A member of the legendary Hart family, Bret Hart’s lineage and past make him one of the best to ever lace up a pair of boots. Among his career highlights, Hart is a five-time WWE champion, two-time Intercontinental and Tag Team champion, one-time United States champion, 1991 and 1993 King of the Ring, 1994 co-winner of the Royal Rumble, and a 2006 WWE Hall of Fame inductee.
Therefore, Hart brings on of the most successful WWE careers in history to the show. But the reason why Hart is even rumored to replace Hogan should not be forgotten.
On Friday, it was reported that Hogan was fired by WWE after audio of him going on a racist tirade surfaced. It’s said that the transcript of some of his alleged comments is merely a small taste of what is yet to come. That is why WWE has done everything the company can to distance themselves from the Hulk Hogan brand. Among the action taken has been the removal of any mention of Hogan from the WWE website and WWEShop, the removal of Hogan’s inclusion in WWE 2K16, and potentially removing Hogan from the WWE Hall of Fame.
But despite the controversy, which, according to Forbes, has cost WWE $50 million, WWE still has to operate and function forward. Hart replacing Hogan on Tough Enough is likely just the first of many moves that WWE will make as they attempt to go into damage control with this whole situation.
An official announcement should be made prior to the next show, scheduled to air this upcoming Tuesday