Note: The following references results from last night’s Mae Young Classic tapings.
A year after a torn ACL kept her out of the inaugural tournament, Tegan Nox (the former Nixon Newell) suffered an injury to her other leg at last night’s Mae Young Classic tapings.
Nox was facing Rhea Ripley in the quarterfinals when she hurt her left leg on a dive. She tried to continue but wasn’t able to, and the match ended by referee stoppage. Nox was looked at by doctors and was visibly emotional after the injury.
Paul “Triple H” Levesque spoke to the crowd about the situation and initially indicated that Nox had a broken leg, along with a broken heart over not being able to finish what she started. He said it would just be a bump in the road for her. Levesque later did an interview with espnW, noting that Nox was being taken to the hospital to determine the specifics of the injury.
“To come here tonight and be in a position to where, let me just say, it couldn’t have been any more heartbreaking for her,” Levesque said. “Emotionally, just couldn’t have been any more heartbreaking. I don’t know, at this point, what happened. She landed funky on a dive and hurt herself.
“The doctor looked at it and it was so painful at the point that he couldn’t manipulate the disc to see if it was an ACL. So we have her headed over to the hospital now and check what it is.”
Nox had returned to the ring from her 2017 knee injury at an NXT house show this April. She was making her WWE television debut in the Mae Young Classic.
Nox posted a statement about yesterday’s injury on Twitter overnight. She called the past two days the best experience of her life despite what happened, said the support she’s received has been overwhelming, and vowed to come back stronger than ever:
This isn’t how I planned to finish the Mae Young Classic in any shape or form but the last 2 days have been the best experience of my life, despite the obvious! My match with Rhea was something I’ve wanted for a while because, damn that girl is talented (even if she is very moody). Freak accidents happen, it’s part of the job but to hear that she had a killer match with one of the best wrestlers in the world, Io Shirai made my heart swell with happiness.
This is more mentally draining than it is physically but you can guarantee that this isn’t going to keep me down! I have the best friends and support system a girl could ever ask for!
I worked so hard for over a year to be able to compete in this year’s MYC, so you know for a fact, I’m fighting back stronger than ever!
Every message I’ve received tonight on twitter, Facebook, Instagram, text, etc has been absolutely overwhelming! The fact that my hospital room was full of people really warms my heart and honestly meant the absolute world to me! I said it before and I’ll say it again, everything happens for a reason, so no matter what the full extent of this injury is, I’ll be back and I’ll be Shinier than ever.