Injured WWE SmackDown Star Criticizes Indifferent Fans

Australian wrestler Grayson Waller reveals major injury and recovery.

by Atia Mukhtar
Injured WWE SmackDown Star Criticizes Indifferent Fans

Following his jump from NXT to SmackDown during the WWE Draft, Grayson Waller has yet to perform in the ring on the new platform. The unexpected hiatus has been clarified; the Australian wrestling sensation suffered a leg injury during his last fight.

In April 2023, Grayson Waller squared off against Carmelo Hayes at Spring Breakin' for the NXT Championship. Regrettably, Waller didn't secure the title and was left with a broken leg—an unintended fulfillment of the show's name.

He made this public via a social media video, where he spoke openly about his condition and expressed his dissatisfaction with fans who appeared indifferent to his plight. "During my final match against Carmelo Hayes on NXT, I fractured my leg, a clean break of the fibula.

Despite the excruciating pain, I persevered, driven by my spirit as a true warrior from Southwestern Sydney, and came close to becoming the NXT champion," he began. Two weeks later, despite limping on crutches and barely able to walk, Waller emerged as SmackDown's top pick in the WWE Draft.

Waller Shines Despite Injury

Unfazed by his injury, Waller took center stage week after week on Fox, enthralling millions with his unique charm and charisma. He pointed out, "Even with one leg, Grayson Waller offers more value than 99% of wrestlers with both legs intact." Waller then reminded fans of his segments alongside top-tier talents such as AJ Styles, Charlotte Flair, Asuka, and the next Tag Team champions Pretty Deadly.

This Friday, he anticipates featuring the industry's biggest star, Logan Paul. However, Waller dismissed claims that he has become merely a talk show host, arguing that his skills in the ring surpass his talents on the microphone.

He cryptically promised a return to action soon, without specifying a date. In a disheartening revelation, Waller lamented the fans' lack of empathy towards his journey to recovery, expressing his frustration at the criticism he's received for not wrestling.

"I don’t owe a thing to social media skeptics," he declared. Waller acknowledged his pain, recovery efforts, and his determination to return stronger than ever. Yet, the indifference of the online community and fans left him disillusioned.

He concluded, "The good news is you will get an answer very, very soon. But it's going to be on my terms, because that is the Grayson Waller Effect." Thus, Waller's anticipated return continues to intrigue, shrouded in suspense and fueled by his resolve.

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