Anthony Bowens has unfortunately revealed he’s once again out of action after having to undergo a procedure on his knee.
Anthony Bowens returned to in-ring competition during the 11 May tapings for All Elite Wrestling’s Dark: Elevation. There, he teamed with regular Acclaimed partner Max Caster and Gunn Club’s Austin and Colten Gunn as they were victorious over a quartet of enhancement talent.
The match marked the first in-ring outing for ‘The Five Tool Player’ in two months. Bowens, who hadn’t wrestled since the 9 March Dynamite, had been dealing with some niggling knee issues, with his return to competition indicating that he was good to go.
Whether the injury was a rehash of the one he’d previously been fighting or a completely new issue is unclear, but Anthony Bowens’ departure from AEW programming was explained with a mysterious attack following the aforementioned eight-man tag team match, footage of which was shown on Rampage. He’s since taken to Twitter, writing (h/t F4WOnline):
“Without getting into too much detail..bc of the attack after Elevation on Monday, I had to undergo a procedure this week to fix my knee. Story of my life..1 step forward, 2 steps back.”
Without getting into too much detail..bc of the attack after Elevation on Monday, I had to undergo a procedure this week to fix my knee. Story of my life..1 step forward, 2 steps back. #AEWRampagepic.twitter.com/QtSga0eFeC
— Anthony Bowens (@Bowens_Official) May 20, 2022
It was Tony Khan who confirmed the original injury to Anthony Bowens in March. Bowens’ injury was supposed to have cleared up by the time Khan spoke of it (31 March), with his prolonged injured status allegedly causing issues with Khan’s planned booking.
Anthony Bowens had last competed alongside Max Caster on the 9 March broadcast of Dynamite, unsuccessfully challenging The Jurassic Express for the AEW World Tag Team Championships. In Bowens’ absence, Caster had continued appearing as a singles star on AEW programming.
There’s currently no timetable for Anthony Bowens’ return to AEW programming. He joins Darius Martin, Kenny Omega, and Jake Atlas, among others, as current AEW stars who are serving time on the injured shelf.