TNA News: Hulk Hogan recalls how back problems cost him a WrestleMania match against John Cena, details the surgical procedures he's undergone on his back

Posted in: TNA News
Jan 31, 2013 - 09:26 AM

TNA legend Hulk Hogan explained to Bang Showbiz how his back problems cost him a match against John Cena. "The people who worked on my back, Laser Spine, said I didn't need a fusion," Hogan said. "So they cut on my back one time and I felt pretty good after a couple of weeks. I called (WWE owner) Vince McMahon and said, 'Man I'm good to go, let's do this deal.' So we started planning, then suddenly I was like, 'Ah, ah, my back!' That put the deal on hold. Then they cut on me six more times and they kept cutting more bone away, until I had to have a spinal cord stimulator put in my back."

Hogan also recalled why he chose to go through the Laser Spine Institute, which he is now suing for over $50 million. "Everybody else said I needed a fusion," Hogan said. "When they're asking you if you're ready for a fusion, they say make sure you've done every option - rested, trained, proper nutrition. Then if you can't eat, you can't sleep, you can't work, if you can't have sex, if you can't even function in life, then fusion is your only option. The Laser Spine people came along and said, 'You don't need a fusion.' I thought I'd found heaven on earth ... But after the surgeries I was in so much pain that I finally went and got the fusion." Read the full interview at

Powell's POV: Hogan added that LSI "cut so much bone away the new doctors didn't know if they could piece it together but they did and I'm OK now." I don't know how many surgeons Hogan met with before he went to LSI, but it seems like people who hope to avoid surgeries can usually find one surgeon who tells them what they want to hear.

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