Posted by TNA Wrestling News Staff on Jan 15, 2013
Hulk Hogan: ‘I Lost A $50 Million Match With John Cena’

Hulk Hogan: ‘I Lost A $50 Million Match With John Cena’

TMZ reports that Hulk Hogan claims he lost out on a match with John Cena thanks to being tricked into having multiple back surgeries in 2009 that were useless and hurt his career.

Hogan filed a $50 million lawsuit against the Laser Spine Institute of Florida. While he didn’t explain why he’s suing for that amount of money, his legal team says it’s because of a “phase out contract” that was ruined by the bad surgeries.

They say the contract outlined a match between Hogan and Cena, which was supposed to be Hogan’s final match. Due to the surgeries, it never happened. The contract, along with other appearance opportunities, were worth $50 million.

Here is the full article from

It was supposed to be the wrestling match to end all wrestling matches — Hulk Hogan vs. John Cena in a battle royale — but it was all dashed to pieces thanks to some bogus back surgery … according to Hulk Hogan … and it cost him $50 MILLION.

TMZ broke the story … Hulk filed a $50 million lawsuit against the Laser Spine Institute of Florida — claiming its doctors duped him into undergoing multiple procedures in 2009 that were completely useless and damaged his career.

Hulk doesn’t explain why he’s suing for $50 million in the lawsuit — but Hulk’s legal team (headed by Wil Florin) tells TMZ, the reason for the massive sum is a lucrative “phase out contract” that was torpedoed by the bad surgeries.

According to Hulk’s team, the contract outlined a blowout match between Hulk and Cena — a match that was supposed to be Hulk’s career ender — but thanks to the surgeries, it never happened.

Hulk’s claiming the contract — along with subsequent appearance opportunities — was worth $50 million.

LSI has yet to comment on the litigation.

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31 Responses to “Hulk Hogan: ‘I Lost A $50 Million Match With John Cena’”

  1. Peckar says:

    I am not going to touch this…

  2. tna24 says:

    really 50 million that hard to believe. even if it was like 4 year ago cena would had to carry hulk in that match. i think he just talking out of his butt about the 50 million

  3. Mr. Excitement says:

    Hogan's desperate for money. That's it.

  4. tna24 says:

    on a side note people want to talk about how the knockouts are in bad shape. but as of yesterday wwe divas are in bad shape too, since one left wwe yesterday. so as of right now i believe they only have like 6 divas

    • Philly_Cheese says:

      It's because those running TNA right now are the same who think like VKM… They believe women aren't good wrestlers and that they're incapable of drawing because they're women. Unfortunately women in the wrestling industry get treated like shit.

    • ariesstormjoe says:

      i dont think the tna knockouts are in such bad shape. i think they are hampered by the time constraints and because of that the ones that are irregularly used will lose as their contracts expire. plus it looks like tna will be signing the blossoms and possibly the alpha female in the coming weeks.

      whereas wwe have 4 hours 15 mins each week (taking out adverts) between raw and sd. and they still can only give the divas only a couple of matches of about 5 mins. tna will need another show to be able to show tag teams, x division, knockouts, tv title effectively imo.

    • rawuncutnxrated says:

      How did this become about the WWE divas. Yea, I know Hogan is like a diva but shit, none of their women are that old or ugly.

      If Hogan could have sex w/ The Love Stooge's heifer than he would have had no problems wrestling Cena.

  5. Philly_Cheese says:

    Unless he manages to get someone from WWE to verify that this match would've happened then he might have something.

    Didn't he sign with TNA in 2009? How exactly did he plan on having a match with Cena in WWE while working for TNA?

    Although lets face it, he probably only signed with TNA because WWE wanted nothing to do with him…

    • Dante_Cross says:

      I was thinking the same thing. He went to TNA onl because he couldn't get that match with Cena. So lets say he didnt have that surgery and went on to face Cena. Think about where TNA would be now. Go on, think of the progress.

      • Philly_Cheese says:

        I honestly don't think he would've had that match with Cena either way. We're talking about a company who won't let people like Foley, Flair, and Nash wrestle because of their age and health conditions. Fact is all three are in better health condition than Hogan even before his back problems, and somehow he assumes he's be able to wrestle if he had the proper back surgery?

        WWE wouldn't have let him wrestle even if he was in near perfect health condition, simply because of his age.

  6. The Truth says:

    Oh now this is bullshit.

  7. lowridingallday says:

    I was obsessed with this man during NWO era….now….this man is scum…..a scumbag….just like 90% of the people on this site

  8. dcxboxx says:

    yes but that was after the fact. he was supposed to win the title from cena havea short run as a final run and i guess be part of wwe in long run as an on air role or whatever with prob some occasional special attraction match deal like foley. the cena hogan match was reported back in 09 actually

    • Philly_Cheese says:

      Again, this is all what Hogan said would've happened… What he says in interviews in 2009 and the reality are two different stories. Also how exactly did he expect to make 50 million in 2009 when as of 2008 his net worth was close to half that?…

      • dcxboxx says:

        wouldnt have just been 2009 though.

        • Philly_Cheese says:

          Um states in the article he had back surgery in 2009, how can they be responsible for anything prior to that? He also signed to TNA in October of 2009… Fact is by law he can only sue between the points of lost wages. He cannot go into court and say "WWE would've paid me more if my back wasn't messed up". He can only sue for lost wages during a point he was unemployed which was 2008 to 2009.

          The idea he has that he would've somehow made 50 million in one year is just absurd, even Cena doesn't come close to clearing that much a year.

          • tnadude says:

            So, if RG3 is permanently injured and can't play football anymore, you really think he would lose his ability to sue if he took a job making French Fries at the local McDonald's?

            Yeah – I get it – the NFL has contracts that deal with this in place already. But my point is that you CAN sue if it changes what you CAN do. If he headlining in TNA, then maybe no dice.

            But this is quite different.

            I should add though that $50million made laugh out loud. $2-$3 million could be possible though.

  9. hangers says:

    Lol, Rock carried the old man through their match, i would think vs Cena would have been the same..

  10. Matt Hardy says:

    Hulk is turning into a regular Dewey, Cheatem and Howe.

  11. lowridingallday says:

    Hogan….I hope you read this…trust me when I say this….you vs. Cena would NEVER have happened….you would’ve been boo’d out of the ring…give it up already…

  12. Laker says:

    What is it with him suing people when most of incidents happened years ago.

  13. DJBIGCG says:

    Looks like hogan isn't making any money in tna, since he is suing about the porno he did and now this

  14. Dirk1n says:

    Hogan would have to hand that over to Linda, wouldn't he?

  15. annil8or4321 says:

    50 million? hes rounding up way too much

  16. LAwrestling112 says:

    Ok so do guys purposely mis read what was reported just for the sake of just talking smack??? It clearly states in the report that a combination of the match with cena coupled with other deals, and the unneccesary back surgeries aka MEDICAL MALPRACTICE….The malpractice lawsuit alone can warrant as much as 10million dollars…especially if they can prove that the procedures themselves were high risk and life threatening…Corporate entitiies get sued low millions for someone slipping and falling on their property accidently….this is for MULTIPLE ill advised SURGERIES. The contract for the Cena match and other engagements are the icining on the cake with this lawsuit, not the bread and butter of it….and if he can prove any complications and negative side effects form the procedures as well….Trust me his team of lawyers didnt file a lawsuit they couldnt back up with some plausible evidence or support to back it

    • Philly_Cheese says:

      Um he's been filing lawsuits left and right for a while now, he's lost almost all of them. The only time he's come close to winning a lawsuit is in a settlement… Fact is he cannot warrant the shear amount of money under the claim he would've made that much if it wasn't for the back surgeries. Unless WWE actively says "yeah he would've gotten a contract if not for his back" then he might have something. He was never signed to WWE and never had anything official. Without some kind of written proof or testimony from someone at WWE he has nothing.

  17. hangers says:

    His back was fine for the sex tape, no money from Gawker so move on to the next target for Hulk, watch out Dixie, be nice to the old man or you may be next…

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