Rich Swann

Rich Swann Says Doctors Told Him He May Never Wrestle Again

Rich Swann recently appeared as a guest during a recent edition of the Busted Open Radio program on Sirius-XM.

During the discussion, Swann revealed that prior to having surgery, his injuries were so bad that doctors told him he may never wrestle again.

Featured below are some of the highlights of the new Busted Open Radio interview with Rich Swann.

On how badly he was injured prior to his surgery: “After I broke everything; it was my ankle, my foot, my fibula, my L5, L6, after that was demolished, I got into the car with a buddy and we drove to Dallas because we had two more shows before that. I waited and was like, ‘hopefully this is just a bad sprain’ even though I saw my foot turned sideways and it was hanging. I waited a couple of days and I finally went to the hospital. They told me I definitely need surgery, but they weren’t doing any surgeries due to COVID. I get home a week later in Orlando and get surgery. Then, they saw my back was fractured as well. They’re telling me my fibula is broken and the bone is poking right at the skin. It also went through the skin. My right side of the ankle was lodged up into my shin, the left side was lodged up into the calf. The top of my foot was peeled off.”

On how doctors said he may never wrestle again: “Once I started going to the doctor after the surgery and they saw how severe it was and I started showing videos of my work, he looked at me and said, ‘Bud, I don’t think you’re gonna be doing this.’ We started getting more serious and he said I might have to think about another profession and I might not be walking, I might have a limp for the rest of my life.”

Check out the complete Rich Swann interview at

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