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AEW’s Tony Khan discusses why he won’t work with Hulk Hogan

Tony Khan doesn’t work with racists.

Tony Khan is not a fan of Hulk Hogan. The President and CEO of All Elite Wrestling revealed earlier this week that he has banned the Hulkster from all AEW events and refuses to work with him in any capacity.

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As it turns out, Hogan’s ex-wife Linda Hogan isn’t welcome in AEW either.

The former wife of the WWE Hall of Famer reacted on Twitter to the protests and riots that have been ongoing since the murder of George Floyd, saying: “Watching the looting. It’s all Afro Americans, not sure how robbing and stealing set the record straight but if they want to be heard they need to be civilized.”

Tony Khan responded to Linda Hogan’s tweet with the following: “You’ve now joined your husband as being banned from all AEW shows. Congratulations.”

Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported that Khan has been telling a number of people in the industry that he’d never use Hogan in AEW, long before the events surrounded George Floyd’s murder, due to the racist comments Hogan made on a recording that was leaked in 2015.

“What he said on the tape, long before George Floyd, I’ve told people I can’t work with Hulk Hogan,” said Khan. “How can I look my Black friends, football players, employees in the face or myself in the mirror after the things he said and has never given an adequate apology for. He can’t blame what he said on tape on the dangers of social media.”

Previously, for all intensive purposes Hogan was excommunicated from from WWE due to the racist comments he made in a tape that was leaked to the internet in 2015. Matel stopped producing his action figure and all of his merchandise was pulled from Target, Toys R’ Us, and Walmart.

Three years after the event WWE reinstated Hogan to their Hall of Fame and Hogan addressed the WWE locker room backstage at Extreme Rules 2018, apologizing specifically to the African American talent, including New Day and Titus O’Neil. Hogan appear again on WWE live programming in 2019 for the first time since his removal to honor the late great “Mean” Gene Okerlund.

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