Wrestling is fraught with danger and injuries are commonplace for the men and women who put their bodies on the line, but for Sean Waltman, one injury in his career stands out more than most.
Whether known as The 1-2-3 Kid, Syxx, or X-Pac, Sean Waltman is a two-time WWE Hall Of Famer, being inducted as both a member of D-Generation X and the nWo. A multiple-time WWF Tag Team Champion, Waltman helped pave the way for light heavyweight wrestlers to break through in the WWF in the early and mid-nineties.
Speaking to Chris Van Vliet on his Insight podcast about the highs and lows of his career, Waltman shared a story of when the bottom nearly fell out altogether…literally.
Waltman recalled, amazingly without wincing:
“I missed a bronco buster in Jerry Lynn’s retirement match. I’ve done the move a million times, but the turnbuckle was exposed a bit. The threads of the turnbuckle literally ripped my a**hole. I had to have surgery, I was bleeding out. After the match, I knew I was bleeding. You can see me say ‘I tore my f*cking a**hole.’ But there was an afterparty, it was Jerry’s retirement.”
“I just put some sweats on over my gear. The gear held everything together. During the afterparty, I sprung a leak. I’m like ‘uh oh.’ When I took everything off, the bathroom was covered in blood. I called an ambulance and I started getting dizzy. It was a serious loss of blood. I had to have emergency sphincter-plasty surgery. I’m cracking jokes and they are like don’t do that because it is hard to perform surgery when you are laughing.”
Thankfully Sean Waltman recovered from his turnbuckle trouble and has continued wrestling on the independent scene for several years afterwards.
The former European Champion has also recently discussed one match he hated the most from his career. In this case, rather than incredible pain it was more a case of incredible embarrassment as he found himself powdered and diapered at the end of it.