Another one bites the dust in AEW as Matt Jackson suffered an injury coming out of Fyter Fest’s World Tag Team Championship match.
One of the featured attractions from week one of AEW Fyter Fest saw a defence of the World Tag Team Championships, with The Young Bucks defending against Swerve In Our Glory, and Ricky Starks and Powerhouse Hobbs of Team Taz. Ultimately, Keith Lee and Swerve Strickland left Savannah, Georgia as the new champions.
Matt Jackson left Georgia with something else, however, as Bryan Alvarez has revealed that the Jackson brother suffered a stinger during the encounter. Speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Alvarez noted that ‘Mr Instant Replay’ suffered the injury mere minutes into the match:
“About, I don’t know, three, four, five minutes into the match, Matt Jackson gets a stinger.
This is one of those things where people talk about toning down because there are so many injuries, but dude, I’m telling you 80% of these injuries are on things that nobody should ever get hurt doing and what he got hurt on was Keith Lee and Hobbs giving him a basic vertical suplex and just when he fell… you could see it immediately. He hit ass first and then his head snapped back and he grabbed his neck.
From that point forward, he was being super careful, he was being super careful on his bumps. For the most part, everybody was being super careful with everything they did to him. I think he took one double-team powerbomb from Keith and Swerve near the end but other than that, you could just see everyone working around him and they still had this great match.”
Matt Jackson also has a history of neck problems, as alluded to by Bryan Alvarez. Alvarez stated that the favoured style of Matt throughout his career has been “very bump-heavy”, resulting in niggling injuries being picked up along the way.
There’s currently no timetable for Matt Jackson’s return to in-ring competition. Alongside his brother Nick, he held the AEW World Tag Team Championships for just 28 days – the shortest in company history – after usurping The Jurassic Express in June.
Matt’s injury gains him entry into the vault of AEW performers currently sitting out injured. CM Punk, Bryan Danielson, Darius Martin, and several of Matt Jackson’s allies in The Undisputed Elite are among those on the injured shelf as AEW goes through one of its most ill-fated periods.