Legendary wrestler and reality TV-star Hulk Hogan has been the victim of theft, after a ‘heavyset’ woman stole one of his shoes.
The thief got her hands on an $5,500 autographed wrestling shoe, once worn by Hogan, at his own shop in Clearwater Beach, Florida.
The woman and three friends visited Hogan’s Beach Shop late Sunday afternoon, and took the shoe while staff were distracted.
However, it was not until Tuesday that staff noticed that the expensive piece of Hulk Hogan memorabilia was missing and reported it to the police after checking CCTV.
A police report states that four white females, possibly from Michigan on spring break, came into Hogan’s Beach Shop on Sunday just after 5pm.
A few minutes later, a large statue of Hogan fell over outside, and while store workers were temporarily distracted ‘a heavyset white female in her 50’s’ helped herself to the shoe, Clearwater Police say.
Hogan, 60, recently announced his return to WWE after more than six years absence.
He appeared on WWE Raw Backstage Pass last month, and will also host the special anniversary of WrestleMania 30 in New Orleans in April.
Confirming the news to WWE.com, the multi-time world champion, who first competed at the very first event in 1985, said: ‘Words cannot express how excited I am to be back in the WWE family.
‘I only have one question for the WWE Universe: “Whatcha you gonna do when Hulkamania runs wild as the host of ‘WrestleMania 30’?” (sic)’
WWE Chairman Vince McMahon added: ‘We are thrilled that Hulk Hogan has returned home to WWE.
‘It’s fitting to have him help us celebrate 30 years of WrestleMania and usher in a new era with the launch of WWE Network.’
By Sara Malm