AEW star Kris Statlander was out of action for nine months following an ACL tear she suffered on AEW Dynamite in June of 2020, and she has spoken about how she struggled to get surgery.
Speaking with Chris Denker on the Into The Danger Zone podcast, Statlander detailed her struggles of suffering the injury during the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, as it led to her being unable to get surgery for two months.
“It was just such a nightmare, because usually, it’s like, alright. We go in. We get the MRI. We get surgery right away. It took two months for me to get my surgery. It was just a very dark time for me, and I think there was like four months straight that I cried every single day because I was like, ‘What do I even do this for? What’s happening?’ And then I got to come back and I was like, ‘Oh. I’m good now.’ It was a struggle. It was awful. I would never wish that upon anybody.”
Statlander made her return to AEW television last March, where she aided the Best Friends (Orange Cassidy & Chuck Taylor) in Arcade Anarchy against Miro & Kip Sabian, officially joining the group shortly after.
Statlander and the rest of the Best Friends were invited to join New Japan Pro Wrestling’s CHAOS stable last November. Rocky Romero invited them to join the group at the behest of leader Kazuchika Okada.
Statlander revealed that, even though Romero extended the invite to them, and later also Trent Beretta’s mom Sue, she’s unsure if they are considered official members of the group.
“They say we are. Rocky says that we are. But we don’t know if Rocky actually asked anybody at New Japan, for real.”
Statlander recently wrestled on AEW Rampage’s Holiday Bash show, where she defeated ‘Legit’ Leyla Hirsch. Chris Denker himself also recently made his first strides in the professional wrestling landscape, serving as a manager for the new DEADLOCK Pro Wrestling promotion.
transcription via Wrestling Inc.