Ivar of The Viking Raiders has discussed his road to recovery from a broken neck that kept him out of action for seven months.
Ivar sustained the serious injury during a match on the September 20, 2020 episode of Monday Night Raw, diving out of the ring onto The Hurt Business.
The 37-year-old returned to the red brand last Monday and, along with tag-team partner Erik, have beaten Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin twice over the last two weeks.
Ivar said, in a video posted to WWE's YouTube channel: "I ended up breaking my neck when I dove out of the ring. With the neck, and my injury specifically, because it's such a traumatic blow to my spinal cord it was hard to get any kind of clearance of idea from the doctor as to when would be the time. It was a range, depending on how I heal. Once you have the fusion surgery in your neck, you have to wait for it to fuse and heal.
"It was rough and mentally it was rough. As soon as I got the chance to go to the Performance Center and rehab, things got easier mentally. I was able to help with training classes, help the young guys, and in helping them learn, I was learning. Mentally, that helped because I feel like I evolved.
"I fought really hard to get cleared enough that I could get in the ring early with no physicality, just to work on cardio. That helped accelerate my healing process."