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'Gutted' Finn Balor on 'agonizing' rehab: 'Any hopes of being back in four months I think are crushed'

It looks like Finn Balor is going to give plenty of updates on his road to recovery following successful -- although more serious than first thought -- shoulder surgery. This first update is a sad one, as the now former Universal champion is having a hard time dealing with the reality of his situation.

"Today was probably one of the longest days of my entire life. It turned out the surgery was a lot more complicated than was first anticipated.

"It's been a long day. I was in and out of it for the first 12 hours with the meds. At 9 a.m. they pulled me out of bed and brought me down to the rehabilitation clinic where they kinda pulled it around and done some mobilization work, which was agony. Took two hours lunch, did more mobilization work. Any hopes of being back in four months I think are crushed. It's going to be at least six months of rehabilitation.

"Never in my life has six months felt like such a long time. I don't really know how I'm going to cope with being out of the ring for that long. My friends tell me the first month is the hardest and 'you'll kind of slip into the routine and you might enjoy the time off' but right now I'm pretty gutted about the amount of work I'm going to miss. There are a lot of trips going off to Peru, Mexico, China, not to mention all the WWE PPVs, six month worth of PPVs, so it's kind of been a startling realization that this is a very serious injury and it's going to be a really, really tough first couple of months.

"It's going to be a long road back, maybe 180-190 days. Today is day one. I'm really hoping that it gets better because if every day is like today it's going to be pretty tough. I'll get home to Orlando and I'll report back to you guys from there. Balor Club out."

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