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Sami Callihan On His Return From Injury, Making Changes To In-Ring Style Afterward

September 23, 2022 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Sami Callihan Image Credit: Impact Wrestling/FITE

Sami Callihan returned to Impact earlier this year following his leg break back in September of last year, and he recently discussed his recovery and more. Callihan spoke with Metro ahead of tonight’s Victory Road where he’s set to face Steve Maclin and Moose in Barbed Wire Massacre, and you can check out the highlights below:

On his recovery from injury: “I’m still rehabbing that man. I may have come back a little too early, I may have not. The pain wasn’t what bothered me – pain’s just pain, I can lock pain out of my head. It’s mental – it’s not being able to do what you’re used to, it’s relearning everything, it’s trying to get out of your own head and be able to be successful again. That injury, truth be told, could have ended my career if we’re gonna be honest about it. But it didn’t, and I’m extremely lucky…

“When you’re sitting at home, not able to move, not able to work out, sitting on a couch eating chipotle everyday – that does something to your psyche. Every single thing is gonna be running through your brain. What if I never get back to doing what I love? What if I never get back to being the Death Machine of old? I don’t think people realise how bad that injury really was.”

On being concerned about the injury repeating: “The thought of just coming down on that leg and it snapping. No matter what, the rest of my career that’s gonna be in my head. I felt that, I physically felt my bone and heard by bone snapped. That’s something you don’t just get out of your brain. No matter what I do, I think there’s always gonna be that little piece of my mind – but I think the more matches I get in, the more I get back, I’m gonna get that much more confident, that much more aggressive, that much more angry.”

On the Barbed Wire Massacre match: “Hey, this is just another typical Friday for the Death Machine! When you think about it, this is my wheelhouse! I don’t think these two guys really understand what they’re getting themselves into at the end of the day. What’s a bigger deal to me is I’m making history! After this match I’ll be in more Barbed Wire Massacres than any other wrestler in IMPACT history – and that’s something I’m putting on the resume!”

On making changes to his in-ring style following his return from injury: “The Death Machine ain’t gonna let that stuff slow him down any time soon. Am I diving anymore? Probably not! But I am kicking ass as always? Absolutely. Now, I get a chance to be back in the main event of IMPACT Wrestling. I get a chance to be a character in IMPACT Wrestling and live my dream. I wouldn’t take it any other way.”

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