Hulk Hogan: I Was Scared To Call Vince With Bad News
Suing surgeons in mid-January 2013 who operated on his back (between February 2009 and August 2010) for 'unnecessary surgery which damaged his already injured back further', Hulk Hogan feels that staff of the Laser Spine Institute (LSI) in Tampa, Florida carried out needless operations which cost him $50 million in loss of earnings.
In a statement released around that time, Hogan linked the earnings loss with potential money-making matches in WWE and beyond, against the likes of John Cena and other top names. Stating the comments were taken "out of context", Hogan, in this exclusive snippet from his tell-all interview in Issue 90 of Fighting Spirit Magazine, explains the real details behind the elusive match with Cena.
"It was part of a 25-year deal (with WWE)", Hogan said. I was filming Hogan Knows Best, and Vince McMahon and I started negotiating. It was at a time when I was coming back for the one-off shows with Shawn (Michaels) and Randy (Orton)."
"But it's wrong about Cena - that was just part of the whole thing where I would show up once in a while and wrestle. It was one of those times where Vince and I were in love one day, and fighting the next. We were negotiating a 25-year deal, and part of it was me wrestling Cena in Orlando at Wrestlemania. I called Vince and said, 'I'm good to go'. I'd just had my first back surgery, and everything was supposed to be perfect, but just before I was due on TV, my back went. I was scared to call Vince, but when I did, I was like, 'Dude, my back has gone out again'. After more surgeries, instead of a morphine pump to ease the pain, they inserted a battery (into my back) that was made by NASA for the space shuttle, and lasts forever".
It's clear Hogan feared the botched surgeries had ended his career, and the wrestling icon obviously finds it difficult to even walk to the ring on TNA broadcasts at times. Fans have debated whether or not Hogan will ever wrestle again, never mind return to WWE. For the good of his health, many feel it'd be for the best if he let his incredible legacy do the talking for him.
The six-page interview with Hulk Hogan is in Issue 90 of FSM, available now from WH Smiths and Easons in the UK and Ireland, and for iPhone/iPad and Android via www.FightingSpiritMagazine.co.uk. 40% discounts are also available on some subscriptions, also via our website.