New Day member, Kofi Kingston, has opened up and the jaw injury which has noticeably kept him out of action and off of WWE television for several weeks.
Following the airing of the January 11, 2021, Monday Night Raw, reports began to flood in that Kingston was injured and would be out of action for the foreseeable future. Days later, those same reports stated that the grievance was a broken jaw which Kingston had suffered in a tag team match against The Miz and John Morrison.
Now, the former WWE Champion has taken to The New Day: Feel the Power Podcast in order to discuss his injury, right the wrongs of previous reports and inform his fans on when he actually went down with the injury in question:
“Back to when I injured my jaw, so I got kneed in the face by Cedric Alexander, three weeks ago [December 28, 2020]. A couple of my teeth were chipped. It was fine. It was cool. The point of impact was really sore. So, I thought, ‘Okay, it’s a bruise or whatever’. The next week, we had a six-man match and everything was fine. A little pain, but not terrible.
Then, the next week, right before we went out, it just kept feeling like it was loose. As soon as we get out there to the ring, I’m moving around and now, I’m feeling it kind of come out of place and feel like it wasn’t set in.”
Continuing on the subject of the injury, the master of Trouble in Paradise stated that though he wasn’t feeling himself, he would have continued to fight through the pain if there had been a live audience relying on him:
“I feel like if the fans were there, I wouldn’t have felt that [pain]. Throughout the whole match, every time something would happen, where I would get hit or whatever, I would just grab my jaw. The entire match, I’m thinking about it the whole time, but if we had fans there, I’d been not necessarily injured, but been hurt in the match. You just feel the adrenaline of the crowd and it just makes you will your way through it. So, I don’t know.
It changes the whole dynamic of just how we do what we do and the approach, even. It’s just really, really strange and I don’t know if it’s for the better or the worse. I guess the best way I can describe it is just being different.”
Currently, there is no word on when Kofi Kingston will be cleared to return to action as a broken jaw can vary in the time it takes to heal. NXT Champion Finn Balor was out of action for several months after he suffered a more severe version of the injury at the hand of Kyle O’Reilly at NXT TakeOver 31.
Inside the Ropes wishes Kofi Kingston a speedy recovery.
Credit for the interview: The New Day: Feel the Power Podcast
h/t for the transcription: Wrestling Inc.