Finn Balor had a significant injury going into WrestleMania prior to the head laceration he suffered during the Hell in a Cell match.
Balor posted on Instagram that he sustained a grade 2 calf tear on the March 10 edition of Friday Night SmackDown while teaming with Damian Priest & Dominik Mysterio against Legado del Fantasma.
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Balor returned to the ring two days later as a participant in a 20-man battle royal at the live event at Madison Square Garden in his last match before WrestleMania.
In the three-week period before the match with Edge, Balor stated he rehabbed the injury and made careful planning to deal with the calf tear, which usually has a recovery time of six to eight weeks.
During the Hell in a Cell match, Balor was cut on the top of his head by a ladder that required 14 staples and a temporary halt to the match before it resumed.
14 STAPLES pic.twitter.com/ZijOiVzCdd
— Finn Bálor (@FinnBalor) April 4, 2023
It was Balor’s first match at WrestleMania since 2019.