Former WWE Women’s Champion Bull Nakano has openly discussed her alcoholism, and how it led to her being hospitalised in 2020.
Known as a Japanese wrestling legend, Bull Nakano was part of what was the World Wrestling Federation at the time between 1994 and 1995. Nakano ended up winning the Women’s Championship from Alundra Blayze during a show at the Tokyo Dome, holding it for a total of five months before losing it back to the same competitor.
During an interview with Oricon News in Japan, Bull Nakano has revealed some unnerving news about her health in recent years. The star claims she was hospitalised with cirrhosis of the liver in July 2020 after suffering symptoms including hair loss, flaky skin, and her stomach swelling with ascites.
The news report gives an insight into the likely cause of the condition, stating what her daily alcohol intake looked like.
When she was an active wrestler, it was normal for her to drink unreasonably, such as emptying three 750ml bottles of shochu in a day.
Bull Nakano went on to give the reasons why she ended up in hospital.
I was actually told a long time ago that I would have to be hospitalized for treatment. However, I couldn’t stay in the hospital for a long time due to my work, so I stopped going to the hospital. Eventually, though, I started coughing up excrement and had to wear diapers at work.
She went on to explain that since she has quit drinking, she has seen a dramatic improvement in her health.
Until now, I couldn’t imagine a life without drinking. But after I was hospitalized and didn’t drink for about two months, I didn’t have the desire to drink anymore even after I left the hospital. Quitting drinking made my body healthier and I was able to live a more regular life. I can make good use of my time from morning to night, and that’s just a good thing.
Bull Nakano also discussed how her alcohol use stemmed a lot to her wrestling training, and she started drinking when she was under age.
I thought to myself, ‘If I continue like this, I will become an alcoholic.’ There was not a day that went by that I didn’t drink, and I had no intention of quitting, so if I hadn’t had cirrhosis of the liver, I would still be drinking. I quit drinking when my health deteriorated, but I still love to drink… (laughs). (laughs) Even if I had become an alcoholic, I probably wouldn’t have known it myself.
I was underage when I started, so I couldn’t drink, but there were times in my life when I was forced to drink, and there were also times when I was forced to drink because I was under pressure, so that’s how I was trained and became stronger.
Unfortunately, there are plenty of cases of wrestlers now owning up to the problems caused by various addictions, including Duke ‘The Dumpster’ Droese who talked about battling drug addiction when he appeared at WrestleMania.
With thanks to Reddit user nsm1 for the translation of the article.