Colt Cabana has revealed that he almost died during an AEW Dynamite match.
Since the arrival of CM Punk in All Elite Wrestling, many fans have wondered what will happen with Colt Cabana.
Despite being a consistent fixture in the Dark Order stable, Cabana hadn’t been seen on AEW television since the March 8 episode of AEW Dark. He was subsequently moved to the ROH roster during that time with rumors circulating that CM Punk asked for the move, which Tony Khan denied.
Speaking on his Art of Wrestling podcast, the former ROH Tag Team Champion confirmed that his AEW contract did in fact expire.
“I did this podcast at AEW, a place where I’ve been contracted, I would say off and on, I was not contracted for two days, for the past almost three years.”
In regards to his return ROH World Title bout against Chris Jericho, Colt said:
“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 continued on to discuss his preparation ahead of the bout, saying:
“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.”
Discussing how he felt during the Jericho match, the ROH star said:
“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 realize is that I have essentially made a tourniquet in the bottom half of my body.”
Going into more details, Cabana stated:
“My blood flow is perfect, so essentially what I did was restrict everything. 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 asshole, 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.”
Noting how it was a big moment and that drove him to finishing the match, Colt said:
“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.”
Colt concluded by noting how the trainer reacted when he came backstage, saying:
“The eye’s 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.”
As previously reported, there is some reported skepticism among those within AEW to Tony Khan’s CM Punk and Colt Cabana claims.
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