New Day have released a statement in response to WWE’s controversial decision to reinstate Hulk Hogan to the Hall of Fame three years after firing him for racism. Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, was fired after being recorded using racial slurs, though WWE ended his three-year suspension claiming he was ‘learning from his mistake’.
And New Day – which comprises of Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods – say they are indifferent to the news but will not associate with Hogan until ‘genuine effort’ is made to change. Kofi Kingston, Big E and Xavier Woods released a lengthy statement on Tuesday in an open letter posted on Twitter, Kingston wrote: ‘To the WWE Universe and whoever else it may concern. This will be the only statement we will make regarding Hogan’s reinstatement into WWE. ‘We are writing this simply to provide an answer to the many who have bombarded us with questions on where we stand on the issue ‘we preface this statement by emphasizing that this is our own opinion and may not necessarily reflect the opinion of anyone else affected. How do we feel? Indifferent. We are not happy, sad or resentful. Who WWE puts into the HOF is totally and completely up to the company and from a career standpoint, there is no argument whether or not Hogan should have his place. ‘We have no problem with his re-induction in the slightest degree. It is impossible to even begin to mention the history of the business without mentioning his name and accolades. Hulk’s racist rant was captured in a sex tape which resurfaced when he sued Gawker. On a personal level, when someone makes racist and hateful comments about any race or group of people, especially to the degree Hogan made about our people, we find it difficult to simply forget, regardless of how long ago it was, or the situation in which those comments were made. ‘But we also do not respond with more feelings of hate.
Instead, we just do not associate with the people who convey or have conveyed this negative and hurtful mindset. This instance will be no different. Perhaps if we see him make a genuine effort to change, then maybe our opinion will change with him. Time will tell.’