Anna Jay began training in 2018 and didn't wrestle her first professional match until 2019.
Before she finally got her first taste of in-ring action, things had already gone poorly for the Dark Order member as she suffered a tough shoulder injury while training.
Speaking on AEW Unrestricted, Jay reflected on the shoulder injury that cost her training time just as she was getting started in her career.
"It happened for the first time in 2018, around Thanksgiving, I dislocated my shoulder at training. I was literally sliding out of the ring on my stomach, I was in the corner and we were just doing a drill. QT comes over and is like, 'are you okay?' 'Nope.' My shoulder was down here. I was taken to the emergency room, they put me to sleep, and put it back in. Nothing was torn then, I just had to take a month off to let everything heal. I kept training and then in April 2019, I was giving a bodyslam to someone and ended up dislocating it again, and torn my labrum and chipped off bone. I got that checked out, they told me I needed surgery. I couldn't use my right arm for six weeks. I was out for eight months," she said.
Jay said she was a little concerned about getting in the ring following the injury, but managed to push through it. Jay wrestled a handful of matches on the Independent scene before making her AEW debut in April and signing on with the company.
Elsewhere during the podcast, Jay discussed how she ended up as the only female member of Dark Order. You can find her full comments by clicking here.
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