Two years ago, just as the pandemic began, he was fired from WWE after spending more than a decade in the company.
He joined Impact Wrestling after his no-compete clause expired with the company.
His signing was celebrated but he quickly became incapacitated by an injury that would keep his out for almost a whole year.
It happened only hours after signing a long-term agreement with the company.
He exclusively told the Silver Screen Beat this week: “I’m looking good, I’m jacked and I’m feeling good. “And then next thing you know, I got hurt injured – out for a whole damn year.
“I’m on my ass, you know, depressed, sad, mad, but you can’t let it consume you, because once it does, you know, it’s like life, life will beat you up and keep you on the ground if you let it.
“You got to get up, you got to fight that. I get fired, I get a chance. I get hurt. I’m out for a year.
“Now, however, I’m feeling good. I’m feeling like I can go, but still in the back of my mind there’s worry from the surgery.
“I’m not 100 per cent physically or mentally, but like, I feel like my 90% is better than most people’s hundreds.
“So I think it will be good and all right.
“But yeah, the last few years has been a roller coaster of emotions and figuring stuff out and clearing my mind – I feel like I’ve grown a lot over the past two years.”
Heath Slater (WWE) will face Impact Wrestling’s champion Moose Saturday. This is the West Virginia-native’s first major chance to win a world title.
It is actually a repetition of the match in 2020, where Heath sustained a long-term injury.
He also praised his wife Stephanie, and their two children, for helping him through the difficult times.
“I was in a recliner for two months doing nothing but watching ESPN 30 for 30 days and eating Pringles,”He laughed.
“My wife and kids make me happy and they made me come around and inspired me to get off my ass.
“And Impact could have easily dropped my contract, but we talked and they stuck by me 100%, and I’ll stick by them.
“I have the utmost respect for them as a company.”
His headline match against Moose now is all he has in his head.
They have been a rivalry for many years, dating back to 2020. The title will be up for grabs.
Heath will win his first major title at world heavyweight.
He has had a successful professional career.
During his time with WWE, he won five titles – four of which were tag team titles.
It is his association or stables with groups like Nexus and 3MB, that often makes him seem like someone who can’t be a success on his own.
He is determined to prove them wrong.
He said: “I have been comfortable in the stable role forever.
“I’ve been in more stables than probably anyone – I haven’t really had that singles run. But I’m read for it, and I know I can make it work.”
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