Joey Janela got bad news on Tuesday when his surgeon told him that he would be out action for at least a year following a knee injury.
Speaking to Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated, Janela revealed that he's had knee issues in the past and that his diving crossbody to the outside onto Psicosis may have been the tipping point.
“I’ve done all this crazy s--- and now a crossbody off the top has led to all this,” said Janela. “I hurt my knee in June at Beyond Wrestling against WALTER, and I thought I tore my knee. I was so upset because I thought I was going to miss All In and my ‘Lost in New York’ show. I don’t believe in religion, but I do believe a presence or spirit was watching over me to get through these big shows. I wrestled PWG’s Battle of Los Angeles and wrestled as WWN champion, which all happened after my knee injury in June, so I feel like someone was watching out for me.”
Many in wrestling threw their support behind Janela, including PCO, a man whose career was revived thanks to Janela.
Another man who lended support to Janela was WWE legend Steve Austin.
“Steve Austin even reached out,” said Janela. “That’s the guy who was on my ‘Stone Cold’ poster on my wall when I was eight, which is crazy. People from all different tiers of the business, past and present, have been hitting me up, keeping me motivated, especially the fans.”
Following the injury, WWN stripped Janela of the WWN Title, which was news to The Bad Boy.