In a triumphant comeback, Kris Statlander rejoined the ranks of AEW at Double or Nothing, bringing the locker room to life with a surge of exhilaration. As reported by PWInsider's Mike Johnson, the number of backstage personnel delighted by her return can be described as limitless.
After an almost year-long hiatus, Statlander grappled in her first match this past Sunday since last August, leaving an indelible impression. Her triumphant return was doubly rewarding as she not only bagged the TBS Championship but also concluded Jade Cargill's impressive 60-match winning spree.
The hiatus stemmed from an unfortunate ACL tear in her right leg that required her to stay off the mat for an extended period. This was a dejected déjà vu for Statlander, as a similar ACL tear in her left leg had sidelined her in 2020, leading to a year-long absence from television.
Statlander: Backstage Darling, Career Upswing
PWInsider's report further characterizes Statlander as an exceedingly cherished figure backstage. While recuperating from her recent injury, she remained involved in the promotion's backstage affairs.
Given her history of recurrent ACL injuries since her induction into the company in November 2019, it isn't surprising that her AEW career hasn't taken off as expected. However, there was buzz around a significant career advancement prior to her latest injury.
As we fast forward to the present, it is evident that her long absences have not in any way hindered her progress. Statlander's stunning victory over Cargill has won her the maiden championship in her AEW tenure. Fresh off a successful title defense against Nyla Rose on this past Wednesday's "Dynamite," Statlander is geared up to defend her title once more against Anna Jay.
This challenge will be presented this Friday night during a House Rules event, marking another pivotal milestone in Statlander's illustrious return.