AEW Star Kris Statlander Reportedly Returning To The Ring

On this week’s Being The Elite, AEW star Kris Statlander made a brief appearance in which she told Griff Garrison,“Hey, I’m gonna abduct you,” before throwing him in a headlock and dragging him off. The 25-year-old wrestler, who suffered an ACL injury during an episode of Dynamite in June, is reportedly planning her comeback after undergoing surgery.

Statlander recently talked to Pro Wrestling Junkies about her recovery. “It’s going. It’s a very serious injury. I would say my knee is close to being healed, but it’s such an extensive and long recovery process to make sure I’m ready to go. Sometimes it takes people up to a year to get back, but it’s coming along for sure. I’m definitely pushing way harder than I need to be, but I do it because I know I’m going to come out stronger in the end,” she said.

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Statlander, nicknamed The Galaxy's Greatest Alien, is known for her 450° splash and inverted piledriver as finishers, which she respectively calls Area 451 and the Big Bang Theory. She signed with AEW in December 2019 after making her debut on November 27, when she defeated in a tag team match alongside Big Swole by Riho and Britt Baker on AEW Dark.

Born in West Islip, New York, Statlander began working professionally as a stunt double. She then started training as a professional wrestler under Pat Buck and Curt Hawkins at the Create A Pro Wrestling Academy in Hicksville, New York in 2016. She later became the first female graduate of the academy.

Before signing with AEW, Statlander made an appearance for WWE on the April 9, 2019 episode of SmackDown Live, where she was defeated alongside Rivera in a losing effort by the then-WWE Women's Tag Team Champions Billie Kay and Peyton Royce. In June 2019, she was defeated by Joey Janela in an intergender match at an event for Beyond Wrestling.

Despite her losses, Statlander has held several indie titles, including the the AAW Women's Championship, the Independent Wrestling Championship, and the WSU World Championship, among others. She was also ranked No. 32 of the top 100 female wrestlers in the PWI Women's 100 in 2020 and No. 6 of the top 10 women's wrestlers of the year in 2019 by Sports Illustrated.

Source: Ringside News

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