Dakota Kai Confirms ACL Tear; Undergoes Surgery

Dakota Kai confirmed the worst.

On Jan. 17, Kai took to social media to confirm that she suffered an ACL tear on Dec. 7 at an NXT live event in Green Bay. Kai was teaming with Candice LeRae and Kairi Sane in a six-woman tag team bout against Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke & Marina Shafir. The match came to a halt after Kai threw a kick and landed awkwardly. The referee threw up the X and Kai was helped to the back.

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Kai revealed that she was headed into surgery today, Jan. 17.

“I had always felt invincible. Working through minor injuries was something I never thought twice about because love what I get to do," Kai wrote on Twitter. “On December 7th in Green Bay during the last NXT Road Loop of 2018, I planted my foot awkwardly after a kick and I tore my ACL. I put off posting this because I wanted to focus on being home for the holidays and to be honest, I dreaded having to even mention this as I didn’t want to let any of you down. That, over everything, was and is the most heartbreaking feeling in the world.

“Unfortunately, this will take me out for a bit. I’m surrounded by amazing people, doctors, trainers, and you. It helps more than I can explain especially being so far away from my family. The amount of positivity and support I have received already has been so overwhelming. It’s going to be a tough ride, mentally and physically. I know that. The last thing I want is any sympathy… but hear me when I say this: Within my whole being, I know for sure I will be back stronger than ever. I will hit the ground, running. That’s a promise.

“‘Above all, don’t fear the difficult moments. The best comes from them.'”

There is no timetable for her return.

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