The 2nd Round match between Tegan Nox and Rhea Ripley had a hugely unfortunate ending as Welsh star Teegan Nox suffered what has been described as a broken leg.
Whilst footage of the injury and the difficult to watch aftermath has been doing the rounds already we won’t be sharing this or linking to it.
The former Nixon Newall had already had one injury setback last year, after signing with WWE with an ACL injury (in her other leg) and had been working hard to be back in time for this year’s event.
“Tegan, to me is this story of, you know, last year we really wanted her to be in the tournament and she had the ACL injury that prevented her from being in it,” said Paul “Triple H” Levesque, one of the leading creative forces behind the tournament, in an interview with ESPN after Thursday’s matches. “It took her all year [to recover] and she just got rolling and really feeling good and just gets cleared, I mean, 100 percent banging around on it and it’s great.
“To come here tonight and be in a position to where, let me just say, it couldn’t have been any more heartbreaking for her,” Levesque continued, discussing the injury. “Emotionally, just couldn’t have been any more heartbreaking. I don’t know, at this point, what happened.
She landed funky on a dive and hurt herself.”
The severity and full nature of the injury have yet to be fully diagnosed, but Nox was taken to the hospital to diagnose the injury.
“The doctor looked at it, and it was so painful at the point that he couldn’t manipulate the disk to see if it was an ACL,” Levesque said, “So we have her headed over to the hospital now and check what it is.”
Nox later posted in a statement on Twitter:
“This isn’t how I planned to finish the Mae Young Classic in any shape or form but the last 2 days have been the best experience of my life, despite the obvious!,”
Ripley would win the match though me might never know if this was the intended outcome, there were two non-tournament matches after that abrupt ending suggesting that there was some delaying tactics whilst new plans were made up. Tegan had beaten Nicole Matthews to get to this stage in the competition and had impressed thus far. We are yet to find out the extent of the injury or how much ring time she will miss.
We wish her well in her recovery!