Kris Statlander made her return on AEW television after being on the shelf for almost a year due to injury. She returned on the 31st of March 2021 edition of Dynamite which saw Orange Cassidy and Chuck Taylor face off against Miro and Kip Sabian in am Arcade Anarchy match.
During the match, Statlander emerged from a ringside claw machine, pushing the plexiglass out of the machine straight into Penelope Ford’s face. It seems Statlander was worried she would mess up her return.
While speaking to Aubrey Edwards and Tony Schiavone on the AEW Unrestricted podcast, Statlander revealed that due to wearing a kneebrace, she was concerned that it would be difficult for her to climb out of the claw machine. She was worried about falling on her face similar to what the Shockmaster did in his WCW debut.
“Then, I was worried that I was going to Shockmaster myself getting out of the claw machine because it’s pretty hard to get over there. So I was like, great, I’m going to make my big return– because my leg can’t bend all the way with a brace on, so I was like if my foot gets stuck and I f*cking eat sh*t, oh god’. Like I was so worried that I was going to face plant but they told me that they were going to put a step in there for me and that I would be able to grab onto the top.”
“It was hot in there too. I was in there before they did entrances. I was in there the entire match. So, suffering. There would be times where Penelope would walk over to me, ‘Hey, do you hear the you suck chant, they’re talking about you.’ Then she would walk away.”
Since her return to AEW, Statlander has been partnered up with the Best Friends and Orange Cassidy, even though the partnership might not have happened in the first place. We will have to see what is next in store for Kris Statlander.
h/t Fightful for the quotes.