AEW has seen a few stars go out of action with injuries or other illnesses. Kenny Omega’s recent diverticulitis situation is proof that anyone can go out in a moment’s notice. Fans of Red Velvet certainly missed seeing her on television, but that absence was far too long.
On the November 8th episode of AEW Dynamite, Red Velvet marked her return to competition, engaging in a singles match against Julia Hart. This bout represented Velvet’s first in-ring appearance since February 1st on AEW Dynamite, where she faced Jade Cargill in a contest for the AEW TBS Title.
Despite the outcome of the match with Cargill, Velvet emphasized the importance of maintaining a positive mindset upon her return, expressing her contentment at merely making it back to the ring.
While speaking to Elijah Burke on Pope’s Point of View, Red Velvet went into detail regarding her injury. She thought that there was something wrong, but she didn’t realize the injury was real until she got in the ring with Jade Cargill.
“In June (2022), I suffered a hip injury after my match with Stat. I was gone from June all the way to November. We really couldn’t figure out what it was. There was no surgery for that. I just ended up doing PRP, getting rehab on it, and I was fine. I was back in November, had a couple of matches, and then February 2023, I suffered a knee injury, not during my match with Jade, I think the issue was a little before that. I felt a change in my knee, possibly after my first match with Billie Starkz.”
“We’re wrestlers, so if something feels tweaked, you give it a couple of days, and nothing was crazy about it until my match with Jade when I did a simple Thesz press, and as soon as I got up, I just knew something in my knee was stuck. It was stuck, wasn’t straightening, but the adrenaline was out of this world. I had just converted to wearing pants and I had two knee pads on top, my kickpads, and pants, which I think held my knee together. Had I been wearing shorts, I think my knee could have possibly exploded or tore fully.”
“Nobody really knew, I tore my medial and lateral meniscus. I tore my meniscus in 2018, and I retore it this time when I did the Thesz press, it was apparently already torn because of the impact, the tear came out. I was getting stuff in my joint where the knee bends. There was no getting around that but having to go in, cutting it off, and all that. That put me on the shelf for nine months,”
Following her return, Red Velvet continued her wrestling journey and participated in another match on the December 15th episode of AEW Rampage. Unfortunately, the outcome was not in her favor as she faced off against Anna Jay, resulting in a loss.
Despite these recent challenges, Red Velvet’s resilience and dedication to the sport are evident, and fans await her future appearances in the AEW ring with anticipation. Her journey in the promotion showcases the ups and downs that come with professional wrestling, with each match contributing to her growth and experience in the ever-evolving world of AEW.
We will have to see what the future holds for Red Velvet, but she is back in the ring, and seems very happy about that.
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