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WWE wrestler Finn Balor knows adversity well.

He's currently recuperating, healing from major shoulder surgery. But, by comparison, it may not be the worst injury he's ever had.

Certainly not the scariest.

recently talked about how he nearly lost a leg during his early professional wrestling days in Japan.

Here's what he told

“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. 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 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.”

The Demon King has come a long way.

Balor, in August, won the Universal Championship, defeating Seth Rollins at Summerslam. During the match, however, Balor suffered a shoulder tear after Rollins threw him into the ringside barricade. Balor finished the match, but gave up the title the next night on Monday Night Raw.

Balor might return in time for in January, 2017.


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