One could be forgiven for thinking Hulk Hogan’s leg drop was a weak move that couldn’t hurt a fly. After all, Hogan’s leg usually barely made contact with his opponent chest or neck. A casual fan did not need a cheesy TV special to reveal that a bent knee at the supposed point of impact would minimize the damage done by such a move.
But none of this means that the leg drop never hurt anyone. In fact, Hogan himself was eventually seriously injured by the move. In a typical Hogan leg drop, the Hulkster jumped high into the air and landed squarely on his pelvic bone, compressing his spine. Hulk was essentially giving himself an atomic drop night after night for decades.
By the time he was 55, the damage to his spine had caught up with Hogan, having eight back surgeries between 2009 and 2013.
Any aspiring wrestlers still not convinced by the early retirements of Edge and Daniel Bryan should take heed of Hulk Hogan’s example: choose your move set wisely.