Ridge Holland seemed poised for a major push in NXT and then, it all came crashing down when he suffered an injury in both legs on an October 2020 episode of NXT.
While trying to catch Oney Lorcan on a Plancha, Holland fractured his left ankle and then dislocated his kneecap and ruptured his patella in his right knee and has since been away from television to nurse his injuries.
Speaking with talkSPORT, Holland detailed when he might be back in action and how WWE has taken care of him during his time on the shelf.
“Pretty freak incident. On my left leg, I fractured and dislocated my ankle, and then on my right leg, I dislocated the kneecap and ruptured my patella tendons. Kind of a buy one, get one free on injuries! But, it’s coming on well. The WWE medical staff are top-notch and they’ve got me well on the road to recovery.”
He continued, “They were all very concerned and just wanted the best for me. They made sure I got the best medical care and reassured me that everything is going to be fine. From my personal standpoint, mentally, as soon that happened and I was on the stretcher I was already thinking about ‘OK, let’s get ready to come back. What can I do to get back and be better than ever?’
“Everyone was really helpful from the doctors to the trainers to Triple H. It’s just a really good support system and it’s nice to know people care.”
As for when he will return, Holland says it's still early but the doctors have given him a timetable for returning.
“It’s early days yet, but the doctor has said six to nine months, so I’m just taking it day-by-day and see how the knee and ankle feels. If I look too far in the future I’ll probably take my focus on what needs to be done today. So yeah, we’ll see how it goes.”
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