When an individual is involved in professional wrestling for three decades, it is almost inevitable that their body pays for it at some point.
A fact future WWE Hall of Famer William Regal discovered this week after requiring neck surgery - the aftermath of which he shared with his fans in a fairly graphic photo that can be seen below.
Rather than seek sympathy, though, the British veteran downplayed the issue in a series of tweets, seemingly more concerned with his hair than the operation.
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A laminectomy, the procedure Regal underwent, removes a section of the vertebra that covers the spinal cord in an attempt to relieve pain and pressure on the area.
The calcium deposits that were removed are likely a product of the 47-year-old's tireless work in the wrestling ring since his debut back in 1983. Indeed, the issue is often a result of previous sporting injuries.
But, in messages that show a different side to his infamous British snob character during his in-ring days, Regal made it clear he didn't want the sympathy of the WWE Universe:
Hopefully, despite looking brutal, the surgery will heal fairly quickly and allow the Blackpool native to get back to his prominent role in NXT.
Indeed, with the WWE heading to the UK soon for a tour, you would think there would be plans for Regal to be involved. Whether that is possible so soon after the operation remains unclear.
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