Zoey Stark's triumphant return to WWE programming in July 2022 marked the end of a grueling nine-month journey of recovery from a torn ACL and meniscus. During her hiatus from in-ring action, Stark took on a new role as a backstage producer for "NXT," an experience she now credits with enhancing her skills as a wrestler.
In a recent interview on "WWE Die Woche," Stark eloquently explained the valuable insights she gained while working behind the scenes during her injury layoff. She described how observing the inner workings of matches and analyzing different approaches to wrestling helped her develop a fresh perspective.
"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," she revealed.
Stark acknowledged that her time spent outside the ring allowed her to focus on studying and learning, ultimately making her a better performer. She expressed gratitude for the unexpected opportunity, calling it a "blessing in disguise" that has truly elevated her game.
Injury Revelation: Stark's Career-Altering Moment
While the injury storyline on-screen portrayed Jacy Jayne and Gigi Dolin of Toxic Attraction as the culprits, the truth behind Stark's setback was revealed to be a triple threat ladder match for the "NXT" Women's Tag Team Championships.
During the intense bout, her knee buckled after being pushed off a ladder by Persia Pirotta. Remarkably, Stark managed to maintain her agility and skill, springboarding off the top rope and executing a breathtaking dive onto a group of competitors on the outside.
It was during this astonishing display of athleticism that she unfortunately suffered the injury, an unforgettable moment that marked a turning point in her career. Now back in action, Zoey Stark exemplifies resilience and a relentless pursuit of excellence.
Her time as a producer during her recovery has equipped her with invaluable knowledge and a fresh mindset. As she continues her journey in WWE, Stark's improved abilities and enhanced understanding of the art form promise to propel her to new heights in the world of professional wrestling.