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Velveteen Dream Recalls Getting Sidelined With An Injury In 2019

Posted By: Joe West on Feb 01, 2022

Velveteen Dream Recalls Getting Sidelined With An Injury In 2019

Velveteen Dream was recently a guest on Dishing Drama with Dana Wilkey, where he spoke about sidelined due to an injury back in 2019.

“It was [2019], I suffered a back injury. It was the first night NXT transitioned from WWE Network to USA. Before the match, I was in so much pain and tried stretching on the floor, I knew something was wrong. I pushed through and was the main event for the night. Knowing my position on the show, I didn’t want to let anyone down. I didn’t feel pressure because I was asked if I felt up to performing. I’m gung ho, I want to get to it. I went ahead and performed. We went 30 minutes, it was super safe, [Roderick] took great care of me knowing the pain I was in. After the match, I got to the locker room, sat down for two minutes, and I couldn’t move or get up. The next day, I got an MRI — WWE takes such good care of people — I got a MRI and X-Ray on my back and found out in Orlando the next morning that I had a stress fracture in my L3 vertebrae and that I would probably need to take time off and that if I didn’t take time off, it would have exacerbated the injury and could become a more serious spinal injury.”

“Luckily, there was no surgery needed. I was asked if I wanted to wear a brace. I believe it would have taken me a year. They asked for nine months in a back brace and I would be in it for 20 hours a day. I talked to doctors, independent and medical staff, and I was told to sitting in a clamshell brace for 20 hours a day for nine months would put me behind a year and a half before I could even think about competing. I would have to learn how to stabilize myself again and build up my core strength and back strength. Not to mention the conditioning and rehearsal of the pro wrestling world, learning how to bump, spring off the ropes, that impact. It wasn’t a pretty situation for me. I chose a speedier but more intense method of recovery and I rehabed every single day until I was told there was an opportunity to be cleared and then I was cleared.”

On his car accident not being the cause of the injury:

“That was something completely different. A car accident didn’t cause the back injury. That is still up for speculation as to how I injured my back specifically, but it was a stress fracture in my L3. That’s a stress fracture over time, the stress I’m putting on my body. You never know what a stress fracture can come from. I try not to make anyone responsible with that or delegate that.”

Source: 411mania.com
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