WWE Video – Finn Balor talks shoulder injury being even worse than initially believed, six months of rehab, more

By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor

Finn Balor WWE Universal champion - August 22, 2016 Raw (Photo credit Ben Tucker)

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Finn Balor’s Rollercoaster Week

  • Sunday: Win the Universal Title at Summerslam to become the first-ever Universal champion.
  • Monday Morning: Find out the nagging shoulder injury is a lot worse than believed.
  • Monday Night: Relinquish the Universal Title as part of an injury angle write-off
  • Tuesday Morning: Report to Alabama for surgery.
  • Tuesday: Find out the injury is even worse than initially believed.
  • Wednesday Morning: Begin the rehab process that will take “at least six months.”
  • Next: Report back to Orlando, Florida to begin extensive physical therapy trying to return to WWE around the Royal Rumble or WrestleMania in 2017.

WWE released a video update from Balor beginning his rehab process and talking dejectedly about the big international tours and PPVs that he will be missing over the next six months.

“It’s been a long day,” Balor summed up after his first day of rehab. “It was agony. Any hopes of being back in four months are crushed. It’s going to be at least six months of rehabilitation. don’t really know how I’m going to cope with being out of the ring for that long.”

“I don’t really know how I’m going to cope with being out of the ring for that long,” Balor added. “My friends tell me the first month is the hardest, then you’ll kind of slip into the routine and enjoy the time off. Right now, I’m thinking about the amount of work I’m going to miss.”

Overall, Balor said it’s been a “startling realization” that it’s a very serious shoulder injury and it’s going to be a “really tough first couple of months and long road back.”

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