TNA News HOGAN NEWS: Hulk Hogan details how the claimed John Cena WrestleMania dream match fell apart
Jan 31, 2013 - 3:11:30 AM
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By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor
In a statement to celebrity news distributor BANG Showbiz, Hulk Hogan talked more about his $50 million lawsuit against Laser Spine Institute and trying to put together a dream WrestleMania match against John Cena in 2009. According to Hogan's timeline, the claimed match would have taken place four years ago at WrestleMania 25 in Houston.
- February 2009: Hogan says Laser Spine began their treatments to fix his back, which he initially thought was "heaven on earth."
"So, they cut on my back one time and I felt pretty good after a couple of weeks. I called Vince McMahon and said, 'Man I'm good to go, let's do this deal,'" Hogan says.
- February 2009: WWE begins running WrestleMania retrospective videos on Raw TV. The spots mainly focus on Hogan's role in top WrestleMania moments, which was a way to "re-introduce" Hogan, who had not appeared on WWE television in over one year.
"So we started planning," Hogan says about talking to McMahon about facing Cena, "then suddenly I was like, 'Ah, ah, my back!' That put the deal on hold."
The claimed "deal" to face Cena at WrestleMania is the basis of Hogan's $50 million lawsuit against Laser Spine.
- Feb. to March 2009: WWE's WrestleMania plans for Cena shifted around as the Hogan issue played itself out. Initially, Cena was to face Edge for a top title. Then, it shifted to Edge vs. Big Show for the World Title without Cena in the mix. During this, the TV focus was on Cena trying to be "one of the greatest" following Bruno Sammartino, Hogan, and 2009 WWE Hall of Famer "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.
Then, one month before WrestleMania, the storyline shifted to Cena "blackmailing" authority figure Vickie Guerrero into creating a three-way match for the World Title - Edge vs. Show vs. Cena. This follows the timeline of the Hogan-Cena "deal" being scrapped.
Said Hogan, "They (Laser Spine) 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. The stimulator has wires that go up your back and stops the pain. They put that in my back because my body was twisting like 'The Exorcist.' I couldn't pull my head around front, my body was all contorted."
- WM Season and post-Mania Season: There were no more Hulk Hogan references on WWE television after the focus on Cena trying to be "one of the greatest" leading up to WM29, where Cena won the World Title. The next Hogan reference on WWE television came in Summer 2009 when WWE began pushing a WCW DVD release.
- October 2009: Hogan signed with TNA Wrestling, half-a-year removed from the attempted WrestleMania dream match with John Cena.
- January 2010: Hogan debuted on TNA television.
- August 2010: Hogan ended his treatment from Laser Spine.
Hogan summed up his feelings on Laser Spine and his condition today after receiving new treatment from other doctors: "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. The doctors looked at me and went, 'Oh my God! What did they do to you?' They'd cut so much bone away the new doctors didn't know if they could piece it together, but they did and I'm okay now."
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