Kris Statlander recently made her return to AEW Dynamite during the Arcade Anarchy match. She helped Best Friends defeat Miro and Kip Sabian and ultimately joined the group.
Now, she has opened up about her recovery and has presented a theory regarding how she got hurt. Speaking on AEW Unrestricted, Kris Statlander said her injury may have been caused by how light she hit her opponent. Here is the quote, courtesy of Wrestling Inc.:
“My theory is that it was the most gentle one that I’ve ever done because if you’ve seen the ones I do before, I just kind of haul ass through it because I’m so long that I’m afraid that my feet are going to hit the rope, so I just go as hard as I can. But the way that it was set up to do it in this match, it was just get in on one side of the ring, run across and go as opposed to get up, hit the ropes and then go. So I think because I didn’t have as much momentum going into it, it was a little bit more gentle, but it wasn’t on the the diving through the ropes part.”
“It was the way my foot landed somehow where I think I had tucked my toes under, and I don’t know. It didn’t feel like it was like over tracking forward. It didn’t feel like anything was wrong. It didn’t hurt really. I just felt kind of a [Statlander makes an air sound effect] in my knee. It’s so hard to explain. I didn’t hear a large pop. It really did not hurt. I know everyone that was there kind of watched me walk to the back afterwards, so they were probably like, ‘Oh, it’s probably not so bad,’ but after the MRI, Doc [Sampson] said it was hanging on by a thread, which means in order for it to have been torn that bad, I must have had a pre-existing condition or something, which I’ve never had any problems.”
“So I had no idea. So I really don’t know exactly how it happened. It wasn’t like I got hit in the knee. I feel like I didn’t land weird. The angle that we have of it, from the side, you can kind of see the way I land. I’ve seen people land so much worse than the way I did and then have nothing.”
The injury itself took place during the June 10, 2020 episode of Dynamite. It occurred during Statlander and Hikaru Shida’s tag match against Nyla Rose and Penelope Ford.