June 29, 2011 01:36:52 GMT
After Linda said on the 'Today' show she feared for her life around him, pro wrestling icon Hulk made a call to the 'Bubba the Love Sponge' radio show to claim his innocence.
Hulk Hogan is firing back at his ex-wife's allegations that he was violent during their marriage. After Linda Hogan opened up on the "Today" show that she was often physically abused by him, the wrestling legend phoned in to the "Bubba the Love Sponge Show" radio show to share his side of the story and claim his innocence.
On Tuesday, June 28, Hulk told the radio host that Linda's domestic violence claims are nothing but "delusional". Branding the abuse talk as a "total, blatant lie", he stressed, "Dude, I never laid a hand on her." The 57-year-old continued to say that there is "no reason" to defend himself against his ex, and blasted her for trying to exploit him.
Hulk explained, "If you step back and take a really good look at this - if you take the Hulk Hogan name out of her situation, her life, her career, the air she breathes... she's out of gas." He added, "She's still riding on the Hulk Hogan name. Just take her and put her in the same category with the Iron Sheik and the Ultimate Warrior. They all belong together."
Earlier on Tuesday, Linda sat down with Matt Lauer on "Today" to talk about her new book, "Wrestling the Hulk: My Life Against the Ropes", in which she details Hulk's alleged violent behavior. Asked by the anchor if he would apologize afterward, she replied, "He did not feel remorse, and to this day he's never apologized for any of actions."
"That is something that scared me. I did not want to be a statistic like Nicole Simpson," Linda admitted further. On why she never contacted the authorities, she explained, "I was afraid to say anything. Had I said something, the carpet would have been pulled up underneath his career. I don't know what my kids would have done. They were little at the time. It's a very scary position."