Matt Jackson of The Elite has provided an update on how he is doing physically after coming back from a potentially serious arm injury.
The main event of AEW’s Double or Nothing pay-per-view was the Anarchy in the Arena Match between two of AEW’s top factions. The Blackpool Combat Club’s Jon Moxley, Bryan Danielson, Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta faced off against The Elite group consisting Kenny Omega, “Hangman” Adam Page and The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson).
It was a chaotic match that saw the eight wrestlers fight all around the arena with a hot crowd in Las Vegas going wild for everything. One of the highlights of the match was when Matt Jackson hit Jon Moxley with a superkick while Matt’s shoe exploded with fireworks while delivering the kick. It was an incredible visual that made the match even more special.
Unfortunately for The Elite, just when it looked like they were going to win, a masked man hit Omega with a jumping knee strike. It was revealed to be Konosuke Takeshita, who had been an ally of The Elite in the past. Yuta would go on to hit Omega with a screwdriver for the pinfall win.
For Matt Jackson, it was his first match in about two and a half months because he last wrestled on the March 15th edition of Dynamite. The reason for Matt’s absence was a partially torn biceps injury. Oftentimes when a wrestler has torn biceps muscle, they have surgery, but Matt opted not to do it and opted for a rigorous rehab process instead.
On Instagram, Matt Jackson provided a lengthy update on his rehab process.
“I got hurt about 10 weeks ago, literally on day one of the beginning of a very important story that we started. I was told there was a good chance I wouldn’t be cleared to perform again for 6-7 months after surgery. Surgeons insisted I get the muscle repaired immediately. I opted not to do surgery, but rather try other therapeutic options that’d get me back quicker.
I had faith that through proper rehabilitation, supplementation & prayer, I’d be back wrestling with a target goal of Double or Nothing. There was clearly a lot of doubt, but I wasn’t going to miss it no matter what. In fact, I wasn’t going to miss any of the events leading to it either.
During the process, I lived in fear that I was making a huge mistake. That my arm would never be the same again, or that I’d lose a bunch of strength.
I had anxiety and many sleepless nights, that I’d let everyone including myself down. Thankfully my wife Dana, my family, close friends, & various medical staff members supported & showed their love these past couple of months. And, I hit my target. Wrestling with my ELITE family by my side in Las Vegas meant so much to me because the journey there was pretty rough.
Thank you to everyone who’s put up with me, my endless chatter about my rehab, and asking you to watch me flex so you can tell me how great I look. 😂
A few days removed from my first match back, my arm is great. My strength is completely back & I couldn’t be happier. Everything else on my body, including my foot? Not so much.”
Check out Matt Jackson’s Instagram post with some behind-the-scenes photos below.