One of the most horrifying injuries of 2020 came in NXT with Ridge Holland. Shortly after Holland attacked Adam Cole at NXT TakeOver 31, Holland suffered a devastating leg injury.
He has not wrestled since suffering the injury on the October 7 episode of NXT. Now, Holland has spoken to Alex McCarthy of talkSPORT about his injury. Here is the quote:
“Pretty freak incident. On my left leg, I fractured and dislocated my ankle, and then on my right leg, I dislocated the kneecap and ruptured my patella tendons. Kind of a buy one, get one free on injuries! But, it’s coming on well. The WWE medical staff are top-notch and they’ve got me well on the road to recovery.”
He continued, “They were all very concerned and just wanted the best for me. They made sure I got the best medical care and reassured me that everything is going to be fine. From my personal standpoint, mentally, as soon that happened and I was on the stretcher I was already thinking about ‘OK, let’s get ready to come back. What can I do to get back and be better than ever?’
“Everyone was really helpful from the doctors to the trainers to Triple H. It’s just a really good support system and it’s nice to know people care.”
Ridge Holland also provided an update on the timetable for his return. Doctors have told him it will be 6-9 months before he can get back to work.
“It’s early days yet, but the doctor has said six to nine months, so I’m just taking it day-by-day and see how the knee and ankle feels. If I look too far in the future I’ll probably take my focus on what needs to be done today. So yeah, we’ll see how it goes.”
Holland was in line for a main event push prior to his injury. It remains to be seen what will come of his push when he returns.