On Friday night’s Impact Wrestling Victory Road pay-per-view event, Sami Callihan is set to make his in-ring return in a Barbed Wire Massacre match against Moose and Steve Maclin. This will mark Callihan’s first match since suffering a leg break in September of 2021.
Prior to the match, Callihan spoke recently with Metro about his recovery, and more.
You can check out some highlights from the interview below:
On his road back 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 realize how bad that injury really was.”
Discussing a recurrence of the injury: “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 my 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.”
Speaking on the upcoming 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 how he’s adjusted his in-ring style: “The Death Machine ain’t gonna let that stuff slow him down any time soon. Am I diving anymore? Probably not! But am I 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.”