Hulk Hogan and The Undertaker are two of the biggest names in WWE history, and they crossed paths on one of wrestling’s biggest stages.
At Survivor Series 1991, the Dead Man collided with the Hulkster one year after making his first appearance for Vince McMahon’s company at the same event – but it wasn’t the first time they had done battle in the squared circle.
Four months earlier, Hogan and ‘Taker’s first ever match was featured on the Hulkamania 6 VHS compilation, and that bout ended with the Phenom getting pinned.
It wasn’t a clean with for the Hulkster though, as a botched interference from Paul Bearer cost Undertaker the match as the then-WWE Champion rolled him up for the three count.
The two stars would face off again that November at Survivor Series, and ‘Taker has since claimed that Hogan faked a neck injury after losing their title match.
It seems the legendary star had some concerns about taking the Tombestone Piledriver during the match, and while the Dead Man gave him reassurances, Hulk – who was apparently scheming ‘from the get go’ – insisted the move went wrong and left him hurt.
‘I pick him up, and when I tell you I had the brother secure, he was secure. Boom, I give him the tombstone, as soon as my knees hit, I hear, “Ohhh, you got me, brother,”’ ‘Taker told ESPN, adding he thought he ‘killed him’.
‘So I’m devastated, mortified, right? So they get Hogan out of the ring, and I get the belt, and Paul Bearer and I are doing our stuff. ‘I go backstage, and I’m asking, where’s Hulk at? “Oh, he’s laying on Vince’s office’s floor.” So I go in there and he’s laying out on the floor, “Ohhhh,” carrying on.’
However, despite Hogan’s claims, many other wrestlers – including Shane McMahon – insisted his head ‘wasn’t anywhere close to touching that mat’, which suggested Taker hadn’t done anything wrong.
Regardless, he dropped the title back to Hogan just days later, despite seeing the footage himself which proved the Hall of Famer’s ‘head never got anywhere close’ to hitting the canvas.
Undertaker confronted Hogan – whose real name is Terry Bollea – about the incident and claims the story changed, which told what the wrestling icon was ‘all about’.
He said: ‘I was like, “Terry, I watched it back, your head never hit.” ‘He’s like, “Well, brother, what it was was you had me so tight, that when we came down, I had nowhere to move, and that’s what jammed my neck because I couldn’t move at all. It was too tight.”
‘At that point, I was like, OK. Then I knew. I was like, OK, I kinda realised, “I know what you’re all about”, and that’s all I needed.’
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