IMPACT Wrestling's Heath Details The Injuries That Kept Him Out For A Year
Heath returned to IMPACT Wrestling at the end of September
Heath has opened up about the different injuries that have kept him out of action in IMPACT Wrestling over the last year.
The former Heath Slater was injured at Bound For Glory 2020, not long after signing a contract with IMPACT, and ended up missing almost a year of action, returning to television at the end of September.
Initially thought to be only out of action with a sports hernia, it transpired that Heath needed multiple surgeries, all of which were conducted in one major operation in March.
Speaking to WrestleZone, he said: "It felt wonderful being back because it’s been a long road this past year, with how the world is today and with me having five surgeries at once. So, it was a rollercoaster of hell for me this year, but hard work pays off and I’m just blessed and glad that I have a good support team that helped me through everything or I would’ve lost my damn mind.
"I got hurt at Bound For Glory then next thing you know, I went to [TriStar Skyline Medical Center], went there and they just told me that I had a hernia, like ‘Oh, you just have a hernia, you’ll be back in a month.’ I’m like, ‘OK shoot, that’s easy.’ But them just saying that’s a hernia, well then why’s my leg turning every color of the rainbow and black and brown and purple? My whole left leg looked like it got frostbite and was about to fall off. They told me to take a month off, so I was just chilling at the house for a month, but it just kept getting worse so I went to a hernia specialist.
"The hernia specialist said ‘your rectus muscle is ripped also.’ He also said ‘your hernia is a sports hernia and I don’t fix those, you need to find a hernia doctor that would fix it.’ He didn’t even do any scans or anything, so that was a wash for me and then I went to another doctor and with all this COVID stuff going on, it takes even longer for you to get in and on top of that it was around Halloween, then Thanksgiving then Christmas then New Years, so there was just a lot of sh-t going on.
"I had two different types [of hernia] on my pubic bone, rectus muscle completely gone and still don’t have it, the abductor muscle had to get re-sutured back, and then I have three pieces of mesh in my lower abdomen wall just to hold my sh-t together."