An AEW star has discussed the trouble they have with their hearing after suffering a nasty concussion in the wrestling ring.
Leva Bates previously competed as part of NXT where she found popularity with the fans as Blue Pants. Bates wrestled ten matches on the black and gold brand in 2015 and managed to pick up a shock win over Carmella during that time.
Bates has been part of AEW since the company’s infancy, combining her original on-screen role as The Librarian with her work behind the scenes. Leva Bates last wrestled on the episode of AEW Dark which aired on the 24th of May where she picked up a rare win.
Speaking on AEW Women’s Champion Thunder Rosa’s Youtube Channel, Leva Bates gave an explanation as to why she might be veering away from competing in the ring as she battles severe issues with her hearing:
“I’ve had bad hearing for a long time, I’ve been suffering for a long time. I always had kind of bad hearing and I was doing stunt shows … We were shooting guns without ear protection and one time I shot a wasp’s nest in a covered wagon … It ringed so bad that I am pretty sure that was the beginning of my ears being messed up and then I found out that I have a condition.”
“When I get a concussion, the area around my ear canals swell and I lose hearing like, usually about 24 hours, completely. That’s terrifying, the first time it ever happened, but it comes back.”
“But now I have tinnitus … It was during Impact, I got punched real hard [in the face] on accident … It hit me so hard that I’m pretty sure that like, it popped something, and ever since then I’ve had constant ringing in my ears all the time. So what the hearing aids do, they made the outside world louder than the ringing in my ears.”