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Kris Statlander Reflects On Her Road To Recovery: Moments Like This Make It All Worth It

Kris Statlander shocked the world last night when she returned at AEW Double or Nothing and defeated Jade Cargill to become the new TBS Champion.

AEW TBS Champion Kris Statlander took part in the Double or Nothing Media Scrum last night to answer a wide variety of questions. When asked about what her road to recovery looked like from the injury to her return last night, Statlander said she believes the timetable went how she expected it to.

“I would say the timetable went about as expected,” Kris Statlander said. “I think a lot of people were — I had mentioned that it was six to eight months of recovery, but people were forgetting that it was six to eight months post-op.

“But it’s a very long process. It takes a long time for these types of injuries to heal, but it gives you a lot of time to mentally prepare to come back and do something as crazy as this. So a lot of ups and downs on a recovery like this. A lot of self-doubt. But then sometimes you get moments like this nights like tonight, and it makes it all worth it.”

When asked if she’s worried about going from 0 to 100 with winning the title on her first night back, Statlander believes she put the work in during her time away to be prepared for this moment.

“Maybe, but also, with the type of preparation that I’ve done, I was very quiet about this one around,” Kris Statlander said. “And if you guys had only seen the things that I’ve been doing leading up to today, you would be like oh, she’s been ready for this. And I know I kept it under wraps, but I just really wanted this — my return to be a very special moment not just for me but for everybody else. So it is kind of just jumping right off to the deep end. But I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t feel prepared for it.”

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