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Hulk Hogan dreams of WWE return

Hulk Hogan dreams of WWE return

Hulk Hogan is desperate to return to WWE to make amends.

The legendary wrestler, who was forced to resign in July after a controversial audio clip leaked of him using a racial slur in a 2007 sex tape, dreams of returning to the ring and salvaging his legacy.

The 62-year-old star said: "This business has been my life. It's been my heartbeat. I want to be 80 years old and still connected to this business. It's all I've ever known. I dream about wrestling. I watch it over and over again. So for my whole life to be taken away from me? Like I never existed? Like Hulk Hogan's never been a wrestler? I just can't believe everything I worked for my whole life is gone."

Hogan, whose first marriage was falling apart when he was secretly recorded making the comment, admits he was in a dark place at the time and hopes people will eventually forgive him for making a mistake.

He told Sports Illustrated's Extra Mustard: "Yes, I said it. I'm accountable for it, and I'm so sorry. But the real people who know me, they know I'm not a racist. I've got a lot of support from the African-American community. Most people know who I am, and I'm just so sorry I was in a situation where I was venting and I was mad.

"I don't use the word, ever, except for in that moment of anger, so I wish WWE went to the source instead of the symptoms. I could have explained I've tried every day since then to be a better man.

"A lot of people make mistakes. If we were all judged by our weakest moment, it would be a sad world."

The star is disappointed he never got the chance to apologize or discuss the incident with WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon directly.

He said: "The only place for me to be would be the WWE. That's where my home is. I thought I'd go step-by-step, crawling uphill with WWE, to explain how wrong I was, but that opportunity wasn't there.

"I'd love to sit down and connect with Vince. If I had a chance to work with Vince and help people, we could help fix a lot of things together."