Mercedes Martinez has opened up about the incident which saw her knocked unconscious in the middle of the ring, saying Xia Li “kicked the living daylights” out of her.
Speaking on DNC Digital, Martinez reflected on the incident, which happened on the June 29th episode of NXT as she teamed with Jake Atlas to take on Xia Li & Boa. The match was stopped midway following a roundhouse kick from Li to Martinez.
“So the match was… Everyone saw the match, the match was fine, everything was going fine. We were going to the end of the match to be honest. Xia had to give me a roundhouse kick. Mind you, I’d taken it so many times. I don’t know if it was timing, I don’t know if our spacing was wrong, but she basically kicked the living daylights out of me. Like, knocked me out on impact.”
Mercedes Martinez was sure to add that Xia Li is not reckless, saying the pair have wrestled many times, and it was just one kick where something didn’t quite go to plan that resulted in her being concussed.
“It’s not even… She’s not reckless, I’ve wrestled her and I was Xia Li’s first match ever in WWE. So, I really trusted her, we’ve had our matches, we’ve trained together. It wasn’t like I didn’t trust her. I trusted her. You have to trust your opponent. But she gave me the roundhouse kick and you have to protect yourself here, but usually I’ve always been that person where realism comes into play. She’s given me the kick before, I really trust her. I’m like, ‘All right.’ I didn’t even have time to put my hand up. As soon as I walked in, that kick hit me too high up on the temple and knocked me out clean. I don’t even remember falling. I guess from that impact, being knocked out, hitting the ground, like, I DDT’d myself, that’s a double whammy of an impact. I don’t remember anything after that. I remember getting up on the apron with the doctors and the trainers there, and I was just like, ‘What happened?’ Basically, I had a concussion. Basically, I had a concussion. And I knew it. I was like, ‘Damn it.’ They stopped the match because I was out and they were like, ‘You were not coherent enough.”
The former NXT star went on to detail what she remembered from the match, and how she passed all of her tests two days later.
“I always tell Aja [Smith], who is the referee, she’s been my referee for a lot of my matches. I always say she’s my guardian angel because she knows me so well from the indies. If it was any other referee… She knows how I am, she knows I can take hits really hard and keep moving. For her to call the match off like that, it’s because she genuinely knew that I was hurt. She’s always been my guardian angel in the ring. God bless her. I basically had a concussion. Went to the hospital, they did the scans, all the scans came negative, no broken neck, no nothing. Basically, within… Two days after that, I passed my concussion protocol test, my impact test. So I was knocked out silly on TV, had the headaches and soreness, but I was able to… I was diagnosed with a concussion, but I was able to pass all my tests within a week or so right after. It’s was almost like I needed to be knocked out for me to get s*** back to normal [laughs]. I had a concussion, or sometimes you get knocked woozy in a match and you see stars, then you’re foggy for days and days and days but this was a clear knockout and I was up and ready to go within two days.”
“It took three weeks to officially get cleared. Once I got cleared, and they continued the programme. They were going to continue the programme with me, Jake [Atlas], and Xia. They were going to continue the storyline, but they put it off I think because Xia got hurt, and I got released maybe a week after I got cleared.”
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