Some people questioned whether J.B. Mauney would regret having competed at the World Finals.
In stunning fashion, the two-time World Champion bull rider returned to competition more than two months earlier than expected.
Yet, as one would expect, the 30-year-old from North Carolina surprised no one and yet everyone at the same time when he rode his first bull in the opening round.
Unfortunately, he struggled the rest of the week in Las Vegas.
Physically he just wasn’t himself.
But regret still isn’t something he’s familiar with.
“No sir,” said Mauney, who has had a month to recover, relax and contemplate where he’s at in terms of preparing for the 2018 season.
“I can live with trying, but I can’t live with thinking what if. And, yeah, it was a good test."
Mauney underwent surgery to his right shoulder on July 18.
Four days earlier, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, he completely tore his entire rotator cuff clean off the bone as well as tearing his labrum, bicep and even broke his shoulder.
Some people – many of the same ones who thought he would regret returning too soon – had initially wondered if it was a career-ending surgery.
Six hours and 13 anchors later, Dr. Tandy Freeman had completely rebuilt Mauney’s shoulder.
He was expected to miss a full six months.