Colt Cabana Reveals He Almost Died In AEW Return Match With Chris Jericho
Colt Cabana took on Chris Jericho on November 2 AEW Dynamite
After several months of absence from AEW TV, Colt Cabana made his return to All Elite Wrestling on November 2, taking on Ring of Honor World Champion Chris Jericho in singles action.
Jericho triumphed over Cabana, but as Cabana revealed on the Art of Wrestling podcast, he not only lost the match, but could have also lost his life too:
"A couple of weeks ago, I wrestled Chris Jericho. I wanted to share the story of how I almost died wrestling Chris Jericho. I'm not telling this story to make an excuse, nobody would have known, everyone complimented me on my match and I'm appreciative for that. It's a fun story and in 20 years I will laugh about it. In the moment, I did not laugh," Cabana began.
"In my laundry room is my wrestling gear, I wash my kneepads and singlet, I don't dry them, I hang dry them. Of course, I wash my wrestling socks. I don't know where my wrestling socks went, they went somewhere. I like long black wrestling socks so there isn't a gap between my boots and kneepads. I don't want airy skin, so I like long socks. Before I wrestled Jericho, I had to go out and buy new socks."
Unfortunately for Cabana, he bought compression socks:
"I wrestled Chris Jericho. That match, there were many emotions, there was a lot of tension going into it. My anxiety was high, tensions were high, the building was hot. As I go to wrestle Jericho, I put on my compression socks, kneepads, and boots. What I don't realise is that I have essentially made a tourniquet in the bottom half of my body,” said Cabana.
Compression socks are often used by hospitals to prevent blood clots in inactive patients, as the socks help increase circulation.
"My blood flow is perfect, so essentially what I did was restrict everything," continued Cabana. "I remember vividly thinking, 'I can't feel my legs. I guess it's just the nerves'. It was nerves and anxiety, but it was also compression socks. By the time I did the moonsault to the outside and had to run into the ring to give Jericho a flying a**hole, I had nothing left in my body. I attributed it to the night of wrestling, but no, it was because I cut off the supply of blood to my own legs, causing high blood pressure and low oxygen. I knew I was on live TV and it was big moment for me, I figured a way to do it to Jericho knowing the match would come to an end very quickly, it did, I could not move as I made my way back to the trainer's room asking for electrolytes and the trainer being like, 'We're not sure what's going on.' I ripped my singlet off, I couldn't breathe, I had a headache, I felt lightheaded."
Cabana then revealed to AEW’s medical team that he was wearing compression socks:
"The eyes of the trainers were like, 'what?' I was asked to lay back for the next two hours while ice was put all over my body. I was educated as to why you should not professionally wrestle in front of 10,000 people and almost a million people at home in compression socks," Cabana stated.