Hulk Hogan Recalls Nearly Being Pulled From WrestleMania IX Due To Serious Jet Skiing Accident

Hulkamania recently ran wild on "After The Bell with Corey Graves."

During Hulk Hogan's recent in-depth interview with the veteran member of the WWE broadcast team, "The Hulkster" spoke about his jet ski accident that resulted in a serious eye injury and nearly being pulled from WrestleMania IX back in 1993.

Featured below are some of the highlights of the new interview with the pro wrestling legend from the official WWE podcast.

On how he hurt his eye jet skiing back in 1993: "I get home to Clearwater, nobody’s home, so what do I do? ‘Hey guys, come on over.’ You know. Ellis Edwards, and Brutus [Beefcake] and [Randy Savage], so here we go. I used to keep four Sea-Doos behind my house, and there’s a crazy storm coming in, and here we go, taking out on those jet skis. Now I had these Sea-Doos, and all the sudden, I switched from one of my jet skis to this other guy’s jet ski that he had. I don’t remember what kind it was, but it was a quicker jet ski, and it had trim tabs on it, so you could make the front end come up, or the front end go down. And as we’re going through the Clearwater pass, we’re jumping these crazy waves in this storm. And Brutus takes off, going straight ahead, Macho [Man] takes off going straight ahead, and Ellis is kinda sticking with me. And so as I jump this wave, I get thrown over the front of the ski. And I got a life jacket on, so as I go into the water, I try to duck down underwater, but that damn life jacket brought me back up. And the jet ski hit me in the face."

On how badly he was hurt: "My whole eye is just blasted open, my orbital socket is broken because that 600-pound jet ski hit me right in the face,” said Hogan. I get to the emergency room, I get all stitched up, I have this two-hour operation trying to fix my orbital socket. Jimmy Hart comes over, ‘Oh my god, oh my god, baby, baby, oh my god, Vince is gonna kill you.’"

On Vince McMahon not wanting him to wrestle at WrestleMania IX that year as a result: "I go to [Las] Vegas, Vince sees me and he goes, ‘You’re not wrestling, that’s it. And I said, ‘BS, if I pass a physical, I’m gonna wrestle.’ So I actually wrestled, my eye socket was completely shattered. I wrestled the tag match with I.R.S. and Ted [DiBiase], they didn’t touch my face, and then I got to wrestle Yokozuna."

Check out the complete episode of the "After The Bell with Corey Graves" podcast featuring the complete Hulk Hogan interview at H/T to for transcribing the above quotes.


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