When I heard that Hulk Hogan was having "Hail Mary" back surgery just over 10 days ago, I was highly sceptical that the procedure would work and expected him to soon be back in the hospital in pain. Unfortunately that seems to have come to almost immediate fruition, as TMZ.com reported that Hogan had to readmit himself into the hospital the day after the surgery to insert a spinal cord stimulator in his back, as he was in so much excruciating pain still.
If that wasn't bad enough, Hogan gave a bleak, doped up interview from his hospital bed to his radio friend Bubba The Love Sponge. The low points were:
- Admitting that his doctors have tried everything they know to fix his back over the last ten years including using human growth hormone, but his condition has continued to deteriorate.
- Losing count of the number of back surgeries he's had, initially claiming this was the sixth back surgery he's had before remembering this was his eighth surgery.
- Saying that "he's probably being a bit of a puss right now".
- Joking that he's now one of the guys who ended up in pain with nothing.
- Admitting that he's worried about dying given the heavy amounts of narcotics that he has to take for his pain.
- Claiming that he's in the worst pain that he's ever been in and that Bubba smuggling in some morphine "wouldn't even touch it bro".
- Agreeing with Bubba that the stimulator's battery with a lifetime of 20-25 years would probably outlast him.
The Hogan situation is interesting because his showing himself looking so hurt with the recent back hospitalizations would seem to work against a heel turn. There are those in the company noting just how strongly they go on television with his hospitalization that there is more here than meets the eye, not that he doesn’t have a bad back, but perhaps some of this is an angle. Now why you would want to portray Hogan as being so hurt for his return when the goal is for him to be a heel, well, that does seem to make no sense. Hogan is still on the schedule to wrestle on 10/10 in the Hogan & Jeff Jarrett & Samoa Joe vs. Kevin Nash & Sting & Pope match. If there’s a long-planned out angle here, Hogan may have to be on the apron even if his back isn’t ready, and again there are people skeptical of what is and isn’t real on that injury. I mean, he’s got a bad back, has had it for years, but is all the stuff he’s making sure gets out something that will end up being part of a storyline?