It is difficult to overcome an injury. Even after you have made the physical recovery, the mental recovery often remains. Such is the case with NXT Champion Finn Balor.
Balor recently spoke with the New York Post where he talked about not wanting to get hit in the face after suffering his broken jaw last year. Here is the quote:
“Obviously you wrestle for 20 years and you are worrying about your own performance and what you want to do and now all of sudden you’re worried about, oh I need to protect this extra injury. It’s not necessarily an injury, it’s more like a weakness. It’s not, oh he has a torn hamstring or something. You got plates in your jaw. You really don’t have any trust in how strong they are until they take an impact and then you go, hey, yeah that’s fine. So it’s getting over that first impact that’s kind of the block in your brain. Slowly getting over that. I’m sure I’ll be 100 percent on Sunday because I have no doubt Pete’s gonna hit me a couple times.”
Finn Balor suffered his broken jaw against Kyle O’Reilly at NXT TakeOver 31. While he was able to win the match and retain the NXT Championship, they did finish the match immediately after he suffered the injury.