Los Angeles - Hulk Hogan was "overwhelmed" to be handed a $140m pay out after his sex tape was posted online.
The 62-year-old professional wrestler received $115m in a civil case against Gawker and a further $25m in punitive damages from the website after they published footage of the star having sex with his then-friend's wife Heather Clem.
Of the ruling, he said: "I tried to not snort again, just ... water just came pouring out of my eyes. I just started shaking. I couldn't hear anything except the judge going, 'Yes' to that or 'Yes' to this or 'Yes' for damages. I don't remember what they said.
"But it was just so overwhelming when I knew that we had won and people believed me. It was just - gosh, it was a moment. It was a moment."
And Hulk - whose real name is Terry Bollea - spoke of the tumultuous journey to success in the courtroom.
He told Good Morning America: "Gawker was hoping that, financially, I wouldn't be able to stay in the game with them, and I'd quit or tap out or something. I felt like I had this monster on my shoulders no matter where I went."
TOMORROW on @GMA: @LinzieJanis, one-on-one with @HulkHogan in his first interview since his Gawker trial verdict. pic.twitter.com/LKW1n0nKU9— Good Morning America (@GMA) March 22, 2016
TOMORROW on @GMA: @LinzieJanis, one-on-one with @HulkHogan in his first interview since his Gawker trial verdict. pic.twitter.com/LKW1n0nKU9
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