Kris Statlander talked about the severity of the injury and potential recovery time in one of the episodes of AEW Dark. "I did a big boot which I don't really do that often, but I decided to do it that day," Statlander recalled on AEW's Road to West Virginia YouTube special, as quoted by Wrestling Inc.
"When I landed, my knee buckled on me. After getting an MRI, [it was revealed] I had a completely torn ACL. My lateral meniscus is torn, and there is lateral impaction fractures in my tibia and femoral heads, so tiny little cracks that are more of a bruise, but still [I] technically have a broken leg." "I've had a similar injury with my left leg, so my good knee went bad," Statlander continued.
"But what's weird is that with the first one, I was in so much pain and couldn't walk. But with this one, I didn't really have as much pain. It was uncomfortable at first but after about 24-36 hours, I was able to walk around on it fine.
Little to no swelling. So, we were really hoping for the best, and it turned out to be the worse."
Kris Statlander and her recovery
Statlander hopes for a speedy recovery and expects to be able to return in six months. "So, recovery time is about 6-8 months," Statlander confirmed.
"Once we had the MRI, we were hoping it'd just be a meniscus tear; that would have kept me out for 3 months at the most. But now that we know the ACL is torn, it could be 6-8 months. Hopefully closer to 6, considering I know what I have to do.
I've done this before. What is most important for her is that she tries to stay positive in difficult moments. "I came back bigger and stronger the last time, and I'm going to use this opportunity to do that one more time — because fall down two times, get up three," Kris Statlander said. "I'm just trying to stay positive, gotta make the jokes — it's the only way to do it."