All Elite Wrestling’s beleaguered women’s division was delt another blow Monday morning. The company announced that Anna Jay would be out 6-12 months following a shoulder separation. According to AEW, Jay was injured during a training session, presumably at QT Marshall’s Nightmare Factory wrestling school in Norcross, GA.
An anterior shoulder dislocation is one of the most common shoulder injuries amongst contact sport athletes. Typically, athletes can feel the shoulder having slipped out of place. Athletic trainers can often move the humeral head of the shoulder or “ball” back in its socket position, in what’s called “reduction.” The process can be painful and typically precludes surgical repair.
According to Hospital Special Surgery (https://www.hss.edu/conditions_shoulder-separation-dislocation-overview.asp),
“Surgical treatment of a shoulder dislocation involves reattachment of the torn ligaments – and labrum – to the bone and fixation with bioabsorbable (non-metallic) suture anchors. The surgery may be performed with either an open incision or with the aid of arthroscopy. These outpatient procedures are conducted with the use of regional anesthesia during surgery.
As with surgery for AC separation, arthroscopic repair offers the advantages of a less painful, and more rapid, recovery. The time required to return to collision sports is not dependent upon whether the procedure is performed arthroscopically or with open surgery; however, the short-term recovery is much improved with the less invasive procedure. In addition, some data suggests that patients undergoing this type of surgery regain increased rotation of the shoulder compared with those undergoing open procedures. Arthroscopic techniques are performed through small puncture sites with minimal scarring.”
The post-injury recovery process can be anywhere from 6-12 months, depending on the individual. At only 22 years old, Jay should recover well from the surgery and return with little issue after a few months of rigorous physical therapy.
Anna Jay was injured training & can’t compete tonight. Anna requires shoulder surgery & is expected to miss 6-12 months. She’s replaced in the Tournament by alternate @Madi_Wrenkowski, a student & protege of @thunderrosa22. Watch tonight 7/6c https://t.co/lBSV4sbfpB pic.twitter.com/QESqn6HWDk
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) February 22, 2021
Anna Jay quickly became one of the biggest success stories of the pandemic era. In the business for less than a year, she debuted for AEW last April during the company’s marathon taping session in Norcross. In her debut match, Jay faced current AEW Women’s Champion, Hikaru Shida. Jay made an immediate impression as an enhancement talent, showing remarkable poise so early in her career.
AEW quickly signed Jay, and after a loss to Abadon on Dynamite, she was recruited to join Dark Order by the late Brodie Lee (Jon Huber). Joining the Dark Order put Jay into conflict with Brandi Rhodes, giving the rookie-talent a prime showcase in the promotion.
Behind the scenes, Huber mentored Jay, seeing her potential. Shortly after Huber’s death, Jay talked about Lee’s impact on her career during an interview with Chris Jericho on his Talk Is Jericho podcast.
“I think I mentioned on Twitter that he would always watch my matches, and every segment I did too, he would tell me what I should do differently and what I did good, and what I should fix for the next time. So he helped a lot.”
After Huber’s death, Jay and the Dark Order have played a more babyface role. Jay emerged as more of a mother-hen-type for the zany group on AEW’s Youtube show Being The Elite.
Jay’s injury comes on the heel’s a rough twelve-month stretch for the company regarding its Women’s division. Injuries have sidelined Britt Baker, Kris Statlander, Abadon, and Big Swole in recent months. Jay’s prominence on the show leaves a big hole in the division. Her position in the AEW Women’s Championship Eliminator will be filled by Mandi Wrenkowski, a student of Thunder Rosa.