Buffalo, NY native and WWE Diva Superstar Beth Phoenix has badly injured her knee. The multi-time women’s champion tore her ACL and sprained her MCL. The injury is expected to sideline her from being in a ring for several months and possible up to a full year.
Phoenix, whose real name is Elizabeth Kocanski Carolan is actually from Elmira, New York even though she is billed on television as from Buffalo. The 29-year old has been wrestling professionally since 2001.
Phoenix injured the knee in a taped “Superstars’ match against Rosa Mendes two weeks ago. She tried to work around the injury before learning how serious she was injured. Ironically, her last match for the foreseeable future was in her hometown of Buffalo during a “Smackdown” TV taping at the HSBC Arena on May 11.
In that match, she dropped her women’s title to Michelle McCool in a handicap match. For the record, Phoenix received a thunderous ovation from her hometown fans.
Here is an excerpt from her blog:
Two weeks ago on Superstars, I had a match against new SmackDown Diva, Rosa Mendes. During the course of the match I was able to reverse an Irish Whip into the corner and counter Rosa with an Up and Over maneuver where I jump out of the turnbuckle, over her and show her what The Glamazon is made of. However, when I landed, feet side by side, as I have thousands of times over the course of my career, my left knee buckled to the side and I heard a very distinctive, “Crunch.”
My first instinct was to retain the WWE Women’s Championship at all costs and found the opportunity to dodge Rosa’s attack and get the pinfall victory. However, as I tried to stand to get my hand raised, I could tell something was definitely not right.
I was immediately examined by our WWE medical staff whom decided it would be a good idea to get things checked via an MRI. As I sat in the doctor’s office, waiting for the results, all I could think about was the WWE Women’s Championship and how I was not about to let anything get in the way of working to bring prestige to the title that I cherish so dearly.
Then I received the devastating news. My injury was much worse than I would let myself believe. The doctor explained that I had a generous bone bruise, torn and displaced Meniscus, sprained my MCL and had completely torn my ACL. The prognosis from him … surgery.
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