Transcript for Hulk Hogan reflects on Gawker lawsuit
Cc1 Test message So, WrestleMania 33 is kicking off in Orlando this weekend as wrestling legend hulk hogan marks a big anniversary. It's been a year since the professional wrestler won his lawsuit against the bankrupt website Gawker for posting a portion of secretly recorded sex tapes. He is now revealing why it was the most important fight of his life. ABC's Linzie Janis has more. Hogan. Reporter: Cutting the ribbon on his new store and a new chapter in his life. At my lowest the fans were with me no matter what. Reporter: It's those loyal fans that inspired him to open hogan's beach shop in Orlando this week. Selling everything from beach gear to memorabilia from his storied career. I slammed Andre the giant with these boots on. Look at this. Reporter: It's a far cry from where he was a year ago slamming media giant Gawker in a Florida courtroom. A jury awarding him $140 million after the gossip website posted a secretly recorded sex tape. Hogan now calling it the most important fight of his life. This was a test of faith. It's real easy to be positive and happy when you got a bunch of money and things that go your way. It's a test of faith when you're all the way down and getting kicked. Reporter: Since the trial it's been revealed that paypalco founder Peter Thiel bankrolled his legal costs. Hogan declined to cuss the matter. Gawker declaring bankruptcy within months of the verdict. Hogan now expected to get just 31 million of the $140 million. It was never about the money. It was never about winning or losing. I just wanted that jury to believe me. Reporter: You did this for a greater good. There are a lot of people that thanked me, you know, especially a lot of celebs to put an end to Gawker and the stuff that they were doing to different people and to move on and make things better for everybody. Reporter: Hogan sharing his thoughts on Gawker's founder. I got nothing but love for Nick Denton. I understand where he was at. Hopefully he can raise up and get out of there. I don't hate anybody. It's that simple. Reporter: As for getting back into the WWE hall of fame, hogan was removed from the organization after he was caught making racist comments on another secretly recorded tape. Comments he apologized for publicly. If it's meant to be, it's meant to be. To make peace to make things correct in the wrestling world, that would be a pretty cool ending. God, I'd love to drop that leg on Vince Mcmahon one more time. Reporter: For "Good morning America," Linzie Janis, ABC news, Orlando.
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