It has been four months since NXT Champion Finn Balor was sidelined with a broken jaw. He has since been able to return to the ring but he has now revealed that he is still dealing with the effects of his injury.
Speaking with the New York Post, Balor said the bottom part of his face still has no feeling. He does note that other than that he feels 100%. Here is the quote:
“Still in pain, still very reluctant to get any type of strike to the face, which was actually something that led to the arm injury in the match versus Kyle [O’Reilly] the second one. I was protecting the jaw so much I actually weakened my arm. One thing that still hasn’t come back is the feeling in my bottom lip. It’s still numb. It’s like I’ve been to the dentist and you get that shot. Pretty much my bottom lip down to my chin I’ve still got no feeling, but the doctors are a little hopeful that might come back in a couple of months. They say nerves take a little longer to heal. Sometimes you’ll see me out there now if I’m doing a promo licking my bottom lip more or I’ll be rubbing it a little bit. It still feels like there’s Novocain in there and it’s numb. It gets dry a lot. But apart from that, no, I feel 100 percent.”
Finn Balor suffered the injury in his NXT Championship match with Kyle O’Reilly at NXT TakeOver 31. Balor was able to retain his title but went right to the finish after he suffered the injury.
Balor will defend the title against Pete Dunne this Sunday at NXT TakeOver Vengeance Day.