At WWE Clash of Champions on September 27, the world held its breath when Angel Garza collapsed in the ring while attempting a knee lift to Montez Ford during the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship Match.
The initial belief was that the Mexican star had sustained an injury to his leg, before word hit that he had sustained damage to his hip. Now though, Inside the Ropes can reveal that the original diagnosis was correct and Angel Garza suffered a small tear in his quad on execution of the knee lift.
In an interview with Carlos Toro of Fightful, Garza talked at length about his injury, the tag team match at WWE Clash of Champions and its contentious finale in which his tag team partner, Andrade, kicked out even thought the referee counted to three.
On the botched Spanish fly which caused Garza to land on his head and cause people to speculate this was where the injury occured, he had this to say:
“My injury did not come from the Spanish Fly. An injury from the Spanish Fly could have been worse. Thank goodness that the injury came later and not from the Spanish Fly. In the Spanish Fly, I landed on my neck. I was not standing fully right on the ropes and Montez Ford launched himself when I was still not fully planted on the rope. It was a matter of moments that my mind went like, ‘Spin’ and that’s the result that you saw [at Clash of Champions].”
The subject soon turned to his quad tear and how and when he heard it happen.
“Unfortunately, the injury came afterwards. Montez went for a kick and I grabbed the kick. When I lowered it, I went for the knee, but I put in a little too much force into it. I thought when I was going to do it, [Ford] was a little too far from where I was and I didn’t measure myself properly. When I tried to stretch my leg towards him, the other leg that was supporting it couldn’t handle it and was stretched out too much. That’s when I heard a small pop, like a balloon exploding. Everything around that area started to get really hot and when I tried to move the leg, I had that tension close to my groin and it was my quadriceps, almost reaching my hip. That’s what I felt. The referee came to me and asked if I can continue and I said no. I remember giving Andrade the tag and he asked me what’s wrong and I tell him that I can’t go anymore. WWE has a system that’s really effective where they have all the doctors and medical personnel watching the matches on monitors and they quickly go to the ring to see what’s going on. I told them what I was feeling. The medical team sent me away to get it checked. I was asked if I could walk and I said yes, but couldn’t put any force down there,”
Angel Garza has been lucky. Where other stars who have suffered larger tears in their quad have been out months or even as long as a year, Garza is only expected to miss between one to three weeks and will return to Monday Night Raw by the end of October.
Inside the Ropes wishes him a speedy recovery.
Credit for the transcript: Carlos Toro