Kris Statlander was wrestling a match with Hikaru Shida in June 2020, against Penelope Ford and Nyla Rose, when she hit Kip Sabian with a suicide dive. It’s a move that I have no doubt Kris Statlander has performed hundreds of times before without incident, but this time she landed awkwardly and you instantly knew something was wrong.
After that episode of AEW Dynamite went off the air, Kris Statlander confirmed our – and no doubt, her – worst fears when she tweeted out the following;
Since the news is out. I told you I’d dive on Kip again and dammit I did. But in doing so, I ended up with a high grade tear in my ACL. Yes I need surgery. Yes I’ll be out of the ring for a while. I’ll do my best to still show up on your TVs as much as I can.”
It would be nine very long months before we’d see Kris Statlander back on our screens, and it seems that it wasn’t the easiest of roads for her to travel. And that’s putting it mildly. Talking to Chris Denker on his Into the Danger Zone podcast she said;
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.”
Having never been in that sort of situation, I can’t possibly imagine what it must be like for a professional athlete to have to go through something as serious as a high-grade ACL tear – or any injury that could become a career-ender – but like many of you, I’ve had enough dark times to know what it’s like to not be able to see any light at the end of the tunnel.
Thankfully, Kris Statlander is now fully fit and raring to go, and she can do it back in the AEW fold where she belongs. Good to have you home, Galaxy’s Greatest Alien.
Since the news is out. I told you I’d dive on Kip again and dammit I did. But in doing so, I ended up with a high grade tear in my ACL. Yes I need surgery. Yes I’ll be out of the ring for a while. I’ll do my best to still show up on your TVs as much as I can. @AEWrestling 👽💚 https://t.co/oVS495nwok
— Kris Statlander (@callmekrisstat) June 14, 2020