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Banged up Kevin Nash details the toll pro wrestling takes on the body

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By most standards, Kevin Nash was a fairly safe worker in pro wrestling, mostly out of necessity considering he towers some seven feet in the air from a standing position. Still, he's in bad shape at just 54-years-old (he'll be 55 on July 9), and in a recent interview with the Miami Herald he detailed as much.

"My wife, my son and I went on a European vacation. Three or four days walking around London. Three or four days walking around Paris. Three or four days walking around Munich. My knees were so swollen. My ankle has been operated on. It's got a plate, screws in it. My body just couldn't take walking eight to 10 miles a day. What are you gonna do? Now that you've got the time and you've got the funds to see the world with your family, you don't have a body that can participate in anything. ... When you get to be 45, 50, it takes you two hours to get out of bed. We call it the bump card. Your body only has so many bumps in it. I was never a high-flier. I was 340 pounds. I was falling seven feet. You knock me off my feet. I'm seven feet tall. That's my drop, seven feet with 340 pounds of weight going down. That's equivalent of getting rear ended at 30 miles an hour in a car. You do that 12 times a night, 300 days a year, 10 years in a row. [Recently] I got up. Gees, it took me an hour to get out of bed. Just to pick your head up off the pillow, it's miserable. It's a slow process to get moving everyday."

There's a whole lot more to it, so check out the rest by clicking here.

In the extended interview, he brings up the Money in the Bank pay-per-view (PPV) we were treated to last weekend that included some ridiculous spots like Seth Rollins taking a superplex from Dean Ambrose from the top of a tall ladder. Rollins also took a back body drop on a ladder bridged between another ladder and the ropes.

He won the match, taking the briefcase that guarantees him a WWE world heavyweight championship match at any time over the next year, but his body paid a heavy price.

Nash's tale serves as a reminder that we shouldn't take this for granted.

Neither should they.

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