10 Craziest Things About Hulk Hogan’s Sex Tape Scandal

The tale of that leaked in 2012 video – featuring the former pro wrestler’s sexcapades with his best friend’s wife

– has taken a number of bizarre, occasionally icky turns, the least of which is a $100 million lawsuit.

Here, the most eyebrow-raising takeaways from Hulk’s X-rated film debut. Hulk is angry. Hulk Hogan—the former pro wrestler, former reality TV star, forever rocker of an epic bleach-blond handlebar mustache—can now add Star You Never Wanted to See Having Sex on Camera to his résumé.

A snippet of a six-year-old tape of him fornicating with his best friend’s ex-wife was released Oct. 4 2012 by Gawker, but Hogan is no Kardashian, it seems. Apparently uninterested in profiting off the tape’s release, Hogan is suing Gawker, his friend, and the ex-wife/sex partner, claiming he did not know he was being recorded. From Gawker, he’s seeking a hulk-size $100 million in damages.

In the nearly two weeks since a Not Safe For Work (Not Safe For Eyes?) edit of the tape was first posted, the scandal has gotten as absurd as a Hulk Hogan haircut. Behold: the 10 most bizarre takeaways from the tape, the lawsuits, and the media fight that has ensued from Hogan’s big porno debut.

1. The woman is his best friend’s then-wife, and that friend’s name is Bubba the Love Sponge.

The woman doing the horizontal wrestle with the six-time World Heavyweight Champion is Heather Clem, who was then married to Hulk Hogan’s then-best friend, Todd Alan Clem. Mr. Clem is better known to the world as Bubba the Love Sponge, a radio host with his own show on Cox Radio and online at RadioIO, and yes, he has legally changed his name to that moniker.

Hogan says Love Sponge gave him permission to have sex with his wife some years ago, when Hogan was still married to then-spouse Linda. Love Sponge even makes a cameo on the sex tape. He’s heard off-camera giving his blessing to the deed about to commence: “You guys do your thing. I’ll be in the office if you need me.”