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All Elite Wrestling star Kenny Omega has claimed he is “done” if he suffers another major setback in his ongoing rehabilitation.

The former AEW World Champion, who has been out of action since November 2021, made this statement during a stream on the CEO Gaming Twitch channel on Wednesday.

Said Omega of the “scary” situation (h/t Fightful):

“If I get another major setback, that’s it. That’s it, I’m done, I can’t do this ever again. Two times, three times a day, really painful rehab, not even knowing what it’s going to be like when I get back in the ring. I have no clue. It’s scary, actually. You see people, they come back to the ring and you’re just happy to see them back. There is a different kind of expectation put on me, and I think that anything less than what they are expecting, which is already unrealistic, is going to lead to a lot of ridicule, which is what I get every day anyway.”

Amongst other things, Omega is currently recovering from multiple surgeries to ease neck and knee issues and a sports hernia, all of which he had been working through for an extended period prior to announcing his pro wrestling hiatus. In addition, the 38-year-old had been suffering from vertigo – even in the ring.

Continuing, Kenny spoke of unrealistic expectations when it comes to his recovery, claiming people have treated the situation as if he can just snap his fingers and come back:

“You can probably understand and imagine how difficult it is, struggling twice, three times a day, trying to get things to work that maybe never worked before, and trying to re-route things in your brain to get around the things that aren’t going heal. People think, ‘Kenny is hurt, he took time off,’ snap your fingers, I come back and I’m 100%. Life doesn’t work that way. Bodies don’t work that way. Athletes don’t work that way. It’s very difficult to formulate a plan and to execute it. We’ll see how I do.”

Omega’s use of the word “done” will automatically lead to assumptions that he is planning on retiring should he face another roadblock in his recovery. Alternatively, the former AEW World Champion’s words could be interpreted as him not wanting to go through another long, gruelling rehabilitation process, which is seemingly proving too much for him to take at the moment.

Later in the stream, Kenny spoke of a desire to do more storyline-heavy work as opposed to performances carried by extreme, hyper-athleticism in the future, citing his acclaimed ‘Hangman’ Adam Page feud as an example. “Done” could refer to deviating from the explosive in-ring style that has made Omega such a success in professional wrestling, but has almost certainly accelerated his physical decline.

Whatever the case, Omega’s rehabilitation continues. All the best to him.

The lack of Dana Brooke on this week’s episode of WWE Raw can be attributed to a car crash.

Unfortunately, the reigning, six-time 24/7 Champion was involved in what she has described as “a bad car accident” at some point over the past week. The better news, however, is that she is “doing good” and anticipates returning to television in “no time.”

Brooke tweeted the following on Tuesday, thanking her fans for their support:

All the best to Dana as she recovers from the crash.

Brooke has enjoyed renewed Raw focus in 2022, albeit in the 24/7 Championship division. Nonetheless, Dana has become a near-weekly fixture after threatening to fall completely off the radar in the wake of her split from tag team partner Mandy Rose, who has been back on NXT since July 2021.

Dana’s first 24/7 Championship run kicked off in November 2021. She recently embarked upon her sixth reign following a standard multi-change segment on the pretaped 23 June episode of Main Event, ultimately defeating Nikki A.S.H. Currently, Brooke’s cumulative 200 days atop the division mean only R-Truth (at 415 days) has held the strap for longer.

The injury bug plaguing AEW refuses to let up.

Dax Harwood of FTR has announced via Twitter that he’s dealing with a separated shoulder, presumably suffered Sunday night at the Forbidden Door pay-per-view. There were questions about Harwood’s shoulder after he was seen icing it during the post-PPV media scrum. Harwood seemed to brush off the severity of the injury in his tweet, as seen below.

Harwood & Cash Wheeler made history Sunday night by capturing the IWGP World Tag Team Titles in Winner Take All Match against The United Empire and Roppongi Vice. FTR now holds the tag titles for three major promotions – NJPW, ROH and AAA – and is seemingly determined to defend the championships at their respective shows. Their next defense of the ROH World Tag Titles is expected to take place at the Death Before Dishonor pay-per-view on July 23 at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Shortly after making history Sunday, FTR made some waves on social media by throwing shade at WWE, reminding the world that they were only three years removed from their infamous manscaping segment on the April 29, 2019 episode of “WWE Raw.” Both members of FTR have previously admitted that the segment was, in a manner of speaking, the last nail in the coffin to their six-year run with WWE. FTR would remain in WWE for another year waiting for their contracts to expire while turning down new offers.

Others on AEW’s injury list include AEW World Champion CM Punk (foot), Bryan Danielson (concussion), Kenny Omega (multiple injuries), Jungle Boy (undisclosed), Kyle O’Reilly ((undisclosed), Red Velvet (undisclosed), Anthony Bowens (knee), Darius Martin (car accident), Leyla Hirsch (torn ACL), TNT Champion Scorpio Sky (knee), The Bunny (undisclosed), Buddy Matthews (shoulder) and Lee Johnson (knee). Bobby Fish is also out of action due to a kayfabe knee injury.

News of additional AEW stars suffering from injuries is happening almost daily ever since AEW World Champion CM Punk was sidelined from a broken foot earlier this month.

The latest person added to the list? One of AEW’s “Four Pillars”, Jungle Boy. According to a new report from “F4Wonline“, the former AEW World Tag Team Champion is taking time away to recover from an undisclosed injury. This may have contributed to the creative decision to take the tag team titles off of Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus and transition them to the winners of the tag team ladder match on the June 15 “Dynamite”, The Young Bucks.

In the past week, injuries were confirmed for top AEW star Bryan Danielson, one of Jade Cargill’s Baddies – Red VelvetThe Bunny, and even NJPW star Tomohiro Ishii who was scheduled to wrestle at the cross-promotional Forbidden Door Pay-Per-View this weekend. You can add them to the list that includes Kyle O’Reilly, Darius Martin of Top Flight, Anthony Bowens, and several others that are on the shelf recovering.

In an effort to add a new Baddie to their ranks, Stokely Hathaway announced that The Baddies would use Twitter to find potential candidates in the wake of Red Velvet’s absence. It was advised they use the hashtag #BaddieSearch on Twitter, explain why they should be a Baddie in 140 characters or less, and keep their photos PG.

Bryan Danielson’s situation is perhaps the most intriguing at this point because he was originally supposed to face Zack Sabre Jr. at Forbidden Door this Sunday. However, due to his injury, he announced on “Dynamite” that he would hand-pick a replacement to go against Sabre Jr. at the PPV. The same individual will then join Blackpool Combat Club, Eddie Kingston, Santana, and Ortiz in a blood & guts match against The Jericho Appreciation Society on this Wednesday’s “Dynamite”.

With AEW being struck by the injury bug in recent weeks and months, Tony Khan has now confirmed that Kyle O’Reilly is another name currently out of action.

Speaking on the latest episode of AEW Restricted (via Wrestling Inc.), the AEW President detailed how the Canadian is dealing with a very real injury right now.

“Kyle O’Reilly had been on fire. That’s a real-life, legitimate injury and Kyle O’Reilly is out. Not sure how long, but, you know, it’s a big loss and we were not expecting that.”

Khan didn’t give any further details on the nature of the injury or a timeframe for KOR’s in-ring return, but this is yet another member of the AEW roster who is now out of action.

Of course, last night’s AEW Dynamite saw Bryan Danielson rule himself out of this weekend’s AEW X NJPW Forbidden Door PPV and next Wednesday’s Blood & Guts war, with the American Dragon having been on the shelf since Double or Nothing due to an undisclosed issue.

Elsewhere, AEW World Champion CM Punk is out with a broken foot, Kenny Omega is a long-time absentee, and names like Lee Johnson, The Bunny, Sky Blue and Darius Martin are also injured right now. On top of that, Adam Cole – who is set to compete at Forbidden Door in a four-way bout for the IWGP World Heavyweight Title – was said to be “banged up” in recent weeks, Matt Hardy reportedly tweaked his knee last weekend at AAA Triplemania XXX: Tijuana, and Jeff Hardy was recently suspended after his latest DUI arrest. Additionally, there’s obviously been a lack of MJF for the past several weeks.

In terms of Kyle O’Reilly, he last competed on the 8 June Dynamite, where he won a battle royal before later losing a barnburner of a main event against Jon Moxley – with Mox advancing to the interim AEW World Title match at Forbidden Door as a result of that victory.

While he hasn’t wrestled since then, O’Reilly has still been a regular part of AEW programming despite whatever injury issue he’s dealing with right now.

Another AEW talent has found themselves on the sideline.

Skye Blue is dealing with an undisclosed injury, according to PWInsider. Blue last wrestled on June 3rd against Marina Shafir in an “AEW Dark” match that was broadcast on June 7th.

While not officially signed to the promotion, Blue has been an ever-present personality on “AEW Dark” and “AEW Dark: Elevation” since her AEW debut in April of 2021. The Chicago-based wrestler got a huge reaction from her hometown crowd at All Out 2021, when she appeared in the Casino Battle Royal (which was eventually won by Jade Cargill). She’s racked up wins against the likes of Amber Nova, Ruthie Jay, Robin Renegade, and others, and has also tagged with talent like Ryo Mizunami.

Blue joins a veritable laundry list of injured talent in AEW. The numerous injuries have led to creative shakeups in the weeks leading up to AEW and NJPW’s highly anticipated Forbidden Door event, with Bryan Danielson out indefinitely and AEW Champion CM Punk recovering from a broken foot, causing two major matches to be scrapped ahead of the show. Kyle O’Reilly was also recently confirmed to be injured. The injury spell is not just confined to AEW, though, as WWE is also dealing with injuries — top talents Cody Rhodes and Randy Orton are both out of action.

AEW has had some good news on the injury front lately, however. Matt Hardy recently confirmed that he’s “good to go,” despite rumors of him being “banged up” after TripleMania, and Adam Cole’s injury status was cleared up on this most recent episode of “AEW Dynamite” when it was revealed that Cole will compete for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship in a four-way match against champion Jay White, Hangman Adam Page, and Kazuchika Okada.

Wrestling is a business with its own inherent dangers, but the recent cavalcade of injuries has hung a shadow over the industry, and now another name has been added to the growing scroll of injured wrestlers.

The Bunny took to social media on Wednesday to address a fan’s question about when she will be back “in action on TV again?”

“I’m injured right now,” The Bunny wrote, “but I’ll be back in the ring once I’m all healed up.”

The Bunny has not wrestled since April 20th, when she teamed with Nyla Rose & Emi Sakura in a losing effort against Anna Jay, Ruby Soho & Skye Blue on “AEW Dark.” While the nature of the injury has not been disclosed she did appear alongside The Butcher & The Blade at a May 27th taping of “Dark,” which is an optimistic sign. There is no current timetable for The Bunny’s recovery.

The Bunny joins a lengthy list of injured wrestlers. AEW has already lost Matt Hardy, Lee Johnson, Dante Martin, Adam Cole, Buddy Murphy and AEW Champion CM Punk to injury, and now Bryan Danielson is set to address his health on tonight’s “AEW Dynamite.”

Danielson missed a meet & greet, as well as a flight, due to a still undisclosed injury that could possibly leave him out of AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door and the scheduled Blood & Guts match on the following Wednesday. AEW has had to call numerous audibles in the wake of these injuries, including the creation of an Interim AEW World Championship.

With AEW already having several names out of action with various injury issues, Buddy Matthews has revealed that he’s currently dealing with a shoulder problem.

Taking to Instagram, the House of Black man detailed how he’s “dealing with a shoulder injury which limits a lot of my shoulder movements”. Matthews didn’t give any further details on the severity of the injury, when he picked it up, or if it’ll mean a spell on the sidelines.

As of this writing, AEW has CM Punk out with a broken foot, today saw it reported that Bryan Danielson “probably won’t wrestle for quite some time”, Adam Cole is generally banged up, Matt Hardy is dealing with knee issues, and Jeff Hardy was of course suspended without pay due to his latest DUI arrest.

That’s a lot of talent for any promotion to be unable to call upon, and now it remains to be seen just how bad Buddy Matthews’ shoulder problem is. The fact that he’s still able to lift weights, as shown in his Insta video, is hopefully a positive sign.

To circle back to Bryan Danielson, tonight’s AEW Dynamite will see the American Dragon discuss his status for AEW X NJPW Forbidden Door this Sunday and for Blood & Guts next Wednesday. As per Bryan Alvarez of Wrestling Observer Radio, the belief is that Danielson will miss both of these shows due to the unspecified issue that has kept him out of action since Double or Nothing last month.

San Diego Padres star third baseman Manny Machado exited Sunday’s game with the Colorado Rockies after suffering an ankle injury in the first inning.

Machado was later diagnosed with a left ankle sprain, and X-rays were negative.

After hitting a ground ball, Machado appeared to roll his left ankle as he reached first base. Machado walked off the field with some assistance while putting limited weight on his ankle, according to The Athletic’s Dennis Lin.

Padres acting manager Ryan Flaherty said postgame that the five-time All-Star was feeling alright. Flaherty added that Machado may have avoided a more serious injury by shifting his weight as he slipped across the base.

“All in all, as good as it could be,” Flaherty said, per Lin.

A trip to the injured list appears likely for Machado, as the Padres don’t have a potential timetable for his return just yet. Shortly after the injury occurred, infielder C.J. Abrams was removed from Triple-A El Paso’s lineup, according to Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The 29-year-old has emerged as an early front-runner for National League MVP this season.

Machado entered Sunday’s game hitting .329/.401/.548 with 12 home runs, 48 runs scored, 46 RBIs, and seven stolen bases across 65 games.

Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom underwent left hip resurfacing surgery on Friday, the team announced.

There’s no specific timeline, but the club noted he will begin his rehab and “lengthy recovery process” immediately.

Backstrom missed the first 28 games of the 2021-22 regular season while recovering from a hip injury. The 34-year-old posted six goals and 25 assists in 47 contests. His 0.66 points per game marked a career low.

“The hip’s not going to be 100%,” Backstrom said May 15, two days after the Caps were eliminated from the playoffs. “That’s something we all know. Some days are good. Some days are less good. That’s just life.”

This isn’t Backstrom’s first hip surgery. He underwent an arthroscopic procedure in 2015, but Friday’s surgery is considered more serious.

Hip resurfacing surgery is a form of hip replacement surgery. Ryan Kesler is the most notable NHL player to undergo the procedure in recent memory. He did so in 2019 and it effectively ended his playing career.

Without Backstrom, the Capitals’ center depth is made up by Evgeny KuznetsovLars EllerConnor McMichael, and Nic Dowd, though it’s possible they add more options down the middle in the offseason.

Backstrom has three years left on his contract with a $9.2-million cap hit. Washington can free up that money by placing him on long-term injured reserve to begin the 2022-23 campaign if he’s required to miss time.

Selected by the Capitals with the No. 4 pick in 2006, Backstrom has spent his entire 15-year career in Washington. He’s been a staple of consistency ever since, reaching the 70-point mark eight times. The Swede is the Capitals’ franchise leader in assists (747) and ranks second behind Alex Ovechkin in points (1,011).

Since entering the NHL in 2007-08, only Patrick Kane has tallied more assists, and only Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, Kane, and Evgeni Malkin have recorded more points.