Zoey Stark's triumphant return to WWE programming in July 2022 not only marked her comeback to the ring but also a chance at the coveted "WWE NXT" Women's Championship. However, prior to this remarkable resurgence, Stark had endured a grueling nine-month hiatus, diligently rehabbing a severe ACL and meniscus injury.
Remarkably, during this period, she also took on a role as a backstage producer for "NXT," an unexpected turn of events that would ultimately shape her into a better wrestler. In a recent appearance on "WWE Die Woche," Stark candidly revealed how her time as a producer contributed to her growth as a performer.
Despite being unable to physically compete, she embraced the opportunity to observe and analyze matches from a different perspective. Through her involvement in producing matches, she gained valuable insights into the inner workings of wrestling and developed a knack for thinking outside the box.
Gaining a Fresh Perspective
Stark eloquently described the experience, stating, "With the injury, you watch a lot behind the scenes and you kind of figure out what people are doing and what could be different. I helped out with producing matches a lot to where you kind of get to sit and see from a different perspective and you think outside of the box now.
So that helped me become a better performer in so many different ways because now I'm just watching, I'm studying, I'm not in the ring." Far from being a setback, Stark considered her time as a producer a blessing in disguise.
It allowed her to fine-tune her skills and enhance her overall performance. This unconventional approach to improvement, she noted, may sound unusual, but it undeniably played a pivotal role in her development as a wrestler.
In the storyline, Stark's injury was attributed to an assault by Jacy Jayne and Gigi Dolin of the notorious Toxic Attraction. However, in reality, the injury occurred during a high-stakes triple threat ladder match for the "NXT" Women's Tag Team Championships a week prior.
During a daring maneuver, Persia Pirotta executed a forceful push, causing Stark to fall from a ladder. In an awe-inspiring display of athleticism, Stark instinctively rebounded off the top rope, landing on her feet but tragically blowing out her knee in the process.
Zoey Stark's journey from injury to inspiration serves as a testament to her resilience and determination. Her time as a producer opened new avenues of understanding and creativity, fortifying her skills as a wrestler. As she vies for the "WWE NXT" Women's Championship, Stark stands as a shining example of how adve