Alex Reynolds was the subject of some concern when he suffered a spot on AEW Dynamite that left him laid out in the ring. He appeared to be unconscious for about a minute before he was dragged back to his corner by Blade. According to him, he wasn’t knocked out and it was all part of the show.
During AEW Unrestricted, Reynolds walked everyone through that scary spot. He claims that he wasn’t knocked out. He was awake the entire time and remembers everything. He knew where he was, and did a “self-check” on himself. He also said that Blade dragging him to the corner was all part of the plan.
“I was lying in the middle of the ring waiting for Private Party to hit the combination splash/leg drop off the top rope, and I got kinda rocked. It is what it is, but what many people online don’t know — obviously, because they weren’t in the situation — I wasn’t knocked out. I was awake the whole time and remember everything. I knew where I was, knew what was going on in the match. I literally did a self-check with myself. The big thing everyone was complaining about was Blade dragging me to the corner. That was all planned. What people aren’t understanding is that I just took a double team move off the top rope. In order to win the match, you have to be legal. So, Blade just drags me to the corner so he could become legal and try to win the match.”
“People were upset, but I was just laying there and selling this move, but I was also rocked and just making sure I was OK. I’ve been wrestling long enough to know I’m pretty sure I could continue. John looked at me like, ‘Are you okay?’ And I was like ‘Yeah, I think I’m OK.’ While I was on the ground, I was like, ‘OK, I can do this.’ And then once I stood up, I was like, ‘Oh no.’ That’s the thing – that’s when everybody realized I was hurt. It’s chaotic. I’ll be honest, the worst part of it was the feedback I was getting on social media. That was the hardest thing. The doctors and everybody – once they knew I was hurt and once I knew I was hurt, it was like, ‘Hey, I’m done. Get me out of here.’ People sit back and watch it with the knowledge that I was already hurt. So they’re like, ‘They handled it wrong.’ And I’m like ‘No, they handled it perfectly.’ Thankfully, I’m OK, cleared, and ready to go.’ It was a little scary, and my wife was a little traumatized by it.”
This was certainly a scary spot that concerned a lot of fans. It also created a lot of headlines and drew attention to how attentive AEW referees are regarding all the action in the ring.
It is also interesting that Alex Reynolds got some time off from the ring after that scary spot. Perhaps that was all part of the plan as well.
Thanks to 411 Mania for the quote