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Hulk Hogan Recalls How Laser Spine Put Him Out Of The Wrestling Game

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On this day in 2001, the World Wrestling Federation aired another LIVE episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF RAW IS WAR’.

It was broadcasted from the First Union Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and featured matches, interviews & segments, on the road to the ‘WWF SummerSlam 2001’ PPV.

Here’s the card:

1. Chris Jericho vs. Tazz

2. Rob Van Dam vs. Tajiri

3. Matt Hardy & Lita vs. Hurricane Helms & Torrie Wilson

4. WCW World Heavyweight Title: Kurt Angle vs. Booker T

5. Lance Storm & Kanyon vs. Edge & Christian

6. WWF World Light-Heavyweight Title & WCW World Cruiserweight Title: X-Pac vs. Billy Kidman

7. Tables Match: The Undertaker & Kane vs. The Dudley Boyz

• Hulk Hogan Recalls How Laser Spine Put Him Out Of The Wrestling Game

During a recent appearance on the Steve Austin Show podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan talked about the surgeries he underwent during his wrestling career and how it resulted in his career coming to an end.

Below is what Hogan said:

“Everybody talks about that fake wrestling and the crazy word they all say, but you do get hurt, you know that. The woe is me story is that I started having my knees scoped many years ago. Right knee four times with a scope, left knee four times with a scope. Then I finally had them both replaced then I had both hips replaced. Then I went in for one back surgery and it turned into having nine back surgeries.

I actually wrestled The Rock with a knee replacement and a hip replacement and then when I had the other knee and hip done and I kept going, I was still wrestling.

As soon as they cut on my back it was game over, you know I was hoping that if they cut on my back one time then I’d have the fusion like Shawn Michaels and I could keep going, but the doctors who wanted me to have the fusion said ‘try everything else first.’

So I went to a place called Laser Spine — they cut on me 6 times and they basically took me out of the game they cut so much bone away and things went awry after the first six surgeries and then the last three surgeries — after they told my new wife Jennifer that I’d never walk again after the sixth surgery it took three more 12 hour surgeries to get up on my feet and rolling again, I was down for about a year and a half.

All that being said I’m pretty darn cool, I can’t wrestle again, but I’m pretty cool other than this darn arthritis is kicking in and I’m gonna be 66 years old in a week. I still work out with weights, I use small weights.”

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