NXT Superstar, Ridge Holland, has revealed that he is on the road to recovery after suffering a disturbing injury at the hands of Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan.
On the October 7, 2020, edition of the black and gold brand, the Yorkshireman attacked the current NXT Tag Team Champions following a bout and came off worse for it when Lorcan launched himself over the top rope into the waiting arms of the powerhouse.
With his foot firmly planted on the arena floor, Holland’s leg buckled under the weight and he collapsed clutching his limb in severe pin. Though the star gave the thumbs up on his way out of the arena, the extent of his injuries were revealed to be a dislocation of his left ankle, a dislocation of the patellar in his right knee and a patella tendon rupture.
The former NXT UK star underwent surgery the following day and is on the way to recovery as he told talkSPORT in a recent sit-down interview:
“On my left leg I fractured and dislocated my ankle and then on my right leg, I dislocated the kneecap and ruptured my patella tendons. Kind of a buy one get one free on injuries! But, it’s coming on well. The WWE medical staff are top notch and they’ve got me well on the road to recovery.
They were all very concerned and just wanted the best for me. They made sure I got the best medical care and reassured me that everything is going to be fine. From my personal standpoint, mentally, as soon that happened and I was on the stretcher I was already thinking about ‘OK, let’s get ready to come back. What can I do to get back and be better than ever? Everyone was really helpful from the doctors to the trainers to Triple H. It’s just a really good support system and it’s nice to know people care.”
When quizzed on a timetable for his return, the star noted that as of yet he hadn’t been given a timeline though between six and nine months is the usual for injuries such as he sustained:
“It’s early days yet, but the doctor has said six to nine months, so I’m just taking it day-by-day and see how the knee and ankle feels. If I look too far in the future I’ll probably take my focus on what needs to be done today. So yeah, we’ll see how it goes.”
Prior to his injury, Holland was involved in a major storyline in which Pat McAfee had paid him handsomely to attack Adam Cole at NXT TakeOver 31. Ridge Holland was originally planned to join Pete Dunne in The Kings of NXT, but his absence necessitated the company replace him with Burch and Lorcan.
Credit for the interview: talkSPORT
h/t for the transcription: Wrestling Inc.