The Undertaker opened up about the alleged neck “injury” Hulk Hogan claimed to have suffered during Undertaker’s Tombstone Piledriver at Survivor Series 1991.
In an interview with ESPN, The Undertaker stated that before their match, Hogan expressed concerns to Undertaker about taking his finishing move.
So I remember getting there about noon and Hogan was already there. So he goes ‘Hey kid, can I talk to you?’ So he’s telling me ‘Hey I’ve got this neck injury, and I’m really nervous about taking your finish.’
Undertaker reassured Hogan, saying:
And I was like ‘Hulk, believe me, I will protect you, I pride myself on not hurting people and I promise you I will have you so tight there’s no way possible that you’re going to hurt your neck.’
Despite these assurances, things took an unexpected turn during the match. Undertaker executed the Tombstone Piledriver as planned, only to hear Hogan yell out in pain. The young wrestler, devastated at the thought of injuring Hogan, felt mortified as he replayed the moment in his mind.
So we go into the finish, Flair comes down, slides the chair down, and I pick him up and when I tell you that I had the brother secure, he was secure. I give him the Tombstone and as soon as my knees hit I hear ‘You got me, brother.’ I was 24-25 years old. And I just crushed Hulk Hogan that’s what’s going through my head. They gave me this opportunity. They gave me the chance to run with the ball and I just hurt the golden goose. So I’m just devastated. mortified.
However, upon reviewing the footage later, Undertaker discovered that Hogan’s head never made contact with the mat. At the This Tuesday in Texas pay-per-view event, Undertaker confronted Hogan about the incident. Hogan attributed the perceived injury to The Undertaker having him secured so tightly that he had nowhere to move during the manoeuvre. Undertaker recalled their conversation, stating:
And I got to San Antonio, and I was like, ‘Terry I watched it back. Your head never hit.’ He’s like, ‘Well, Brother, what it 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.’ And at that point, I was like ‘Okay, I know what you’re all about.’ And that’s all I needed.
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