Injured WWE star Finn Balor was the guest on the most recent episode of “The Ross Report” hosted by Jim Ross, and below are some interview highlights. You can listen to the full interview at this link.
On How He is Currently Feeling:
I am finally feeling like myself for the first time in seven days, so the smile is back. Going through the scans, it showed that I had a pretty good Labrum tear. When they went into the scope, I guess the tear was at 180 degrees was bigger than they expected, plus there was some bicep issues, so there was actually some bone bones in there. They were kind enough to give me some of those broken bones in a jar, which I have on my mantle piece right now, it’s kind of a decoration.
On WWE’s Handling of His Surgery in Alabama:
This is the first time I’ve been to Alabama I believe. The way WWE treated this situation has just blown me away, honestly. I only found out on Monday that I was going to need surgery. I think by 9pm they set it up that I was going to be operated on the next day, so I had to check out of the hotel at 3am, we had a 5am flight to Birmingham, Alabama and we were at the hospital by, I want to say 9am, to be prepped for the surgery. My hats off to WWE for doing a great job to make sure that I was going to get the best treatment, but also the most prompt.
On His Rehabilitation Regimen:
I guess the biggest adjustment is that I have to sleep in a La-Z-Boy Chair for the next six weeks, so this sling they have me in, they have my arm at an angle for my body, so I have to sleep sort of semi-upright for the next six weeks, make sure everything is right, then I will do two sessions of rehab at the Performance Center. Over there, we have an incredible medical team so I will be with them in the morning, rest for lunch, and get back in the afternoon, which I will be doing for the next four weeks and then reassess. I will probably head out back to Birmingham and do some stuff out there at their rehabilitation facility. The original diagnosis was 4 to 6 months, but when they found the extra problems in there, they said it was going to be a hard fix now. You know, I can try to shave some extra time off but I’m not going to. If I am ready before 6 months, I’m going to make sure that when the time 6 months is there I am going to be better than ever.
On Rehabilitation Feeling Like A Full Time Job:
We were busy working on the road, but with rehab, I’m going to be just as busy, and reluctant to take days off. If I can do this 7 days a week I am going to be doing it.
On Seth Rollins Being a Dangerous Performer:
Well, people are entitled to their opinions, but as far as my opinion goes, I have been hurt a lot of time working, and it’s never been with Seth Rollins. Obviously, if you work a lot, you are going to get hurt. Occasionally, this just happened coincidently, and I just so happened to be working with Seth, so as far as I’m concerned Seth is one of, if not the best performer we have in this business. I feel that all the flack he gets is totally unwarranted. Any kind of slack he gets for being unsafe is really ridiculous.
On Whether He Still Follows New Japan:
I have not watched a New Japan match since I left several years ago. It’s funny because I am so focused on what I am doing right now, and with the rehabilitation, I don’t want to be distracted by different styles, or what was the past. Don’t get me wrong, I love my time in New Japan. I still have a lot of friends there. The work there is incredible, but it’s not something I want to be influenced by right now, so I think going back to watch it, it will set me back.
On this same podcast, JR also interviews Ricky Morton and Matt Sydal separately, which are also a good listen. Please subscribe to the Ross Report on iTunes.