IMPACT Wrestling star Rachael Ellering has detailed her experiences of being fired during a pandemic from her dream job on the back of suffering a serious knee injury.
Ellering is the daughter of the legendary manager of the Road Warriors, ‘Precious’ Paul Ellering. Her own journey in professional wrestling began in 2015 when she trained under Lance Storm at his Storm Wrestling Academy in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Ellering quickly made a name for herself on the independent scene before having her first match in NXT against Alexa Bliss in April 2016. She competed in the 2017 Mae Young Classic Tournament under the ring name of Rachael Evers in a nod to her Canadian trainer. Ellering returned for the tournament in 2018 before being signed up to NXT in early 2019. Competing there as Rachael Evers, she appeared on live events for the brand until she suffered a torn ACL during a match in July 2019. With Elllering sidelined through injury, she was released from the company as part of the initial cuts made in April 2020.
In an interview with former IMPACT Wrestling star Taylor Wilde on her Wilde On podcast, Rachael Ellering detailed that difficult time in her life and noted she had “bad experiences” with the medical staff treating her knee injury.
“It all started when I tore my ACL. Anyone who gets injured, it’s more mentally difficult than physically at times and it definitely was for me. I had a lot of bad experiences with the medical staff I was working with and then COVID hit and both myself and my boyfriend [Chris Hero] were fired. Losing our jobs at the start of a pandemic was scary and sad. That was my dream job since I was a kid. It was difficult to come to grips with how poorly that whole experience went and obviously how it ended.”
“Then, when you realize that we’re in a pandemic and I just couldn’t go work somewhere else. You just have these thoughts like ‘I wish one of us kept our jobs.’ You’re saving up for real life things like a house. I’ve always wanted to take care of my mom. You save and then you realize ‘shoot, now I have to take that and survive until things are normal.’ It was all extremely challenging.”
Ellering then spoke candidly of the toll the whole experience took on her mental health:
“I fell into a deep hole and I’m sure a lot of people did over the last year. So many people lost their jobs and couldn’t see their family. I love wrestling so much and not being able to do that physically hurt me. When you put so much time and effort and love into something that is your job and you’re no longer able to do it and don’t know when you’ll be able to do it again. I was cleared six months after my surgery. Physically, I was all good. I went through the physical thing and the mental thing and it was back-to-back of where I couldn’t wrestle. It ended up being this long period of the thing I’m most passionate about and love and want to dedicate my entire life to being great at, you can’t do. I got to a really bad place.”
Thankfully for Ellering and the wrestling business, she has found a new home in IMPACT Wrestling. In her debut match for the company, Rachael Ellering teamed with Jordynne Grace to capture the Knockouts Tag Team Championship at Rebellion. Ellering has most recently been involved in a feud with Tenille Dashwood that has seen the two women trade wins on IMPACT.