WWE great The Undertaker revealed that he thought he had hurt the promotion’s ‘golden goose’ when Hulk Hogan claimed that he hurt his neck during Survivor Series PPV in 1991.
Within a year of making his debut, The Undertaker went on to win the WWE Championship at the Survivor Series in 1991. He took down one of the biggest names of WWE — the Hulk Hogan to claim the title.
The Undertaker and Hulk Hogan were involved in a see-saw battle that thrilled the fans. However, the former finished off the match with his signature Tombstone Piledriver after Rick Flair slid in a chair.
The Hulk Hogan had claimed that The Undertaker had hurt his neck during the match following which a rematch was held after just 6 days of his title win. At ‘This Tuesday’, The Undertaker lost his title only to reclaim it in 1997.
The Undertaker, in a recent conversation with ESPN, revealed how he was feeling devastated about injuring Hulk Hogan but that he later realised that The Hulkster faked the injury.
“Hogan claims that I hurt him on the tombstone during the PPV. So I’m thinking to myself, like I didn’t find out until Tuesday. I knew there was going to be another PPV, but I didn’t know I was going to drop the belt back, or what was going on. That came up out of nowhere. But I kind of figured, oh, ok, maybe it’s because he’s telling everybody I hurt him, and ya know, Hulk was still the golden goose at the time. So I’m thinking, OK, they’re gonna take this off of me because they can’t trust me or whatnot. It really wasn’t explained to me what the reasoning was behind it,” The Undertaker said.
“So we go into the finish, Flair comes down, slides the chair down, 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.’ I’m like, how? I’m, what, I was 24, 25 years old, and I just crushed Hulk Hogan, right? That’s what’s going through my head. Like they gave me this opportunity, they gave me this chance to run with the ball, and I hurt the golden goose.
“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.
“I’m going in to check on him, but here come the paramedics, so I go behind a wall with Shane. Me and Shane are behind the wall, and I’m having to listen to, ‘Can you feel this, can you do that?’ Then I hear, ‘Somebody get my wife and kids on the phone.'”
The Undertaker also revealed that he Shane McMahon also told him that Hulk Hogan’s neck did not hit the apron during the Tombstone.
“I don’t know what the hell is going on other than the fact that I just hurt the golden goose. Shane’s right there telling me, he’s like, ‘Mark, his head wasn’t anywhere close to touching that mat.’ And I’m like, ‘No man, I hurt him.’ I couldn’t put a thought together, I just thought I killed him. And we didn’t have access back then to watch things back right away like we do now. So I didn’t see it until Tuesday in Texas.”