Former WWE diva, Summer Rae is set to make her great comeback this year at the Royal Rumble, after a five year absence. Prior to her hiatus, Rae was one of the promotion’s most prominent stars for over half a decade.

Rae recently made an appearance on “The Sessions with Renee Pacquette,” where she discussed the circumstances leading up to her exit from WWE in 2017. The star listed out the different injuries that led to her exit.

I had a bone spur in my vertebrae in my neck, my C4, and then I had thoracic outlet syndrome.

While the bone spur, Rae clarified, was not much of an obstacle, she revealed that “thoracic outlet syndrome is horrible.” The star stated that she would experience shooting pains every time she flexed her hand


Rae was unable to lift weights heavier than five to ten pounds. When asked if her injuries were caused by wrestling, Rae stated that that was likely the case.

The bone spurs are from constantly doing this (wrestling). You can only do so much. And the nerve damage probably comes from compressed nerves. I probably could’ve gotten more PT during it, I probably should’ve been treated once a week.

Ultimately, Rae’s injuries proved to be too much to overcome, and she ended up spending a year out of the ring. Following this hiatus, she was released from her WWE contract.

It is definitely disheartening to hear what wrestlers have to endure to entertain their fans. However, it is great to see Rae return to the ring despite the challenges she has faced.

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Abhishek Kar

Abhishek Kar is a freelance writer and a full-time pop culture enthusiast from India. In his spare time, Kar likes to paint.

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