In the world of professional wrestling, there are often times freak injuries that often occur. It has been the case where they could end careers. In a recent interview with Screen Greek, Finn Balor revealed a crazy story about nearly losing a leg.
I got a kick in the shin and I remember after the match going “Damn. Did I get kicked in the shin?” and I couldn’t remember, Balor said (props to Screen Greek for the transcription). Things happen in a match and the shin was sore. I went to bed woke up the next and shin was worse.
I showed it to the doctor and he said it was just a bad bang. Went to the trainer’s room, taped it all up. The trainer actually taped it up. The doctor saw it and the trainer saw it. Came back after the match and the masseuse was taking the tape off and I go “Man. This doesn’t feel normal. It’s really sore.” He just said “Nah, its nothing, just a kick. You’ll be fine tomorrow.”
I wake up the next day and I’m at the dojo and put my feet out of the bed and couldn’t put them on the floor. I think man this is some weird kick aftereffect I’m getting. Strong stuff.
So I’m downstairs in the Dojo and Fale [Simitaitoko] walks in and I’m in shorts thinking “Man. My shin. What the hell has happened to my shin?” and Fale goes “Oh man. You need to go to the hospital right away. I had that exact same thing in Mexico.”
He’s one of the very few people who spoke English in New Japan at the time, so he talks to one of the young Japanese boys and told them to take me to the hospital. There’s’ communication going on between the young boy and all these doctors and then this doctor is someone from somewhere that can speak English and he says:
“Okay this is what has happened. You’ve got a very serious infection in your leg. It’s eating into your bone. If you had waited one more day we would have had to amputate your leg.”
So I get checked into the hospital, I end up staying there for 10 days. This was before iPhones and before Skype, so I couldn’t even get in touch with my family. It was really a weird time. People kind of go ‘oh you just got injured’ when really I was fighting in the hospital to save my leg. That was probably the worst injury but at the same time, it wasn’t a lot to deal with because I got better in 10 days and was back wrestling in a couple weeks. That was a really crazy injury.
This could be a life-altering situation that could have gone completely disastrous. Luckily, Balor was able to get to the hospital early enough to avoid it from getting any worse. It was something that escalated quickly because of the type injury he had suffered.
What this story should do is raise the awareness around the professional wrestling world. With more attention to the medical care of an injury, a situation like this could be avoided in the future. This is just something that can be looked back upon as a learning experience.