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Bull Nakano Reveals She Was Hospitalised With Liver Disease Last Year

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Former WWE Women’s Champion Bull Nakano has described in some detail how she was hospitalised in 2020 with liver disease after years of abusing alcohol.

Japanese wrestling legend Bull Nakano competed in what was the World Wrestling Federation between 1994 and 1995. During her time in the promotion, Nakano competed at SummerSlam 1994 and captured the WWF Women’s Championship inside the Tokyo Dome from Alundra Blayze, holding the title for 5 months before losing it back to Blayze on Raw.

Now some unsettling news about Bull Nakano’s health has come out after the star gave an interview with Oricon News in Japan. According to Nakano, she was hospitalised with cirrhosis of the liver in July 2020 after suffering symptoms including hair loss, flaky skin, and her stomach swelling with ascites.

The news report accompanying the interview shines a light on how bad Nakano’s drinking issues were while she was wrestling, saying:

“When she was an active wrestler, it was normal for her to drink unreasonably, such as emptying three 750ml bottles of shochu in a day.”

Bull Nakano went on to explain how she ended up in the hospital:

“I was actually told a long time ago that I would have to be hospitalized for treatment. However, I couldn’t stay in the hospital for a long time due to my work, so I stopped going to the hospital. Eventually, though, I started coughing up excrement and had to wear diapers at work.”

Nakano then goes on to explain how since stopping drinking her health has markedly improved:

“Until now, I couldn’t imagine a life without drinking. But after I was hospitalized and didn’t drink for about two months, I didn’t have the desire to drink anymore even after I left the hospital. Quitting drinking made my body healthier and I was able to live a more regular life. I can make good use of my time from morning to night, and that’s just a good thing.”

Bull Nakano continued, noting that she didn’t consider herself an alcoholic and reveals that her drinking began when she was underage and alludes that it had a lot to do with her wrestling training:

“I thought to myself, ‘If I continue like this, I will become an alcoholic.’ There was not a day that went by that I didn’t drink, and I had no intention of quitting, so if I hadn’t had cirrhosis of the liver, I would still be drinking. I quit drinking when my health deteriorated, but I still love to drink… (laughs). (laughs) Even if I had become an alcoholic, I probably wouldn’t have known it myself.”

I was underage when I started, so I couldn’t drink, but there were times in my life when I was forced to drink, and there were also times when I was forced to drink because I was under pressure, so that’s how I was trained and became stronger.”

Credit Reddit user nsm1 for the translation of the article.