AEW star Miro has opened up about his lengthy absence from the ring earlier this year, revealing that he expected to be back a lot sooner.
Back in September 2021, Miro lost the TNT Championship to Sammy Guevara, ending a dominant reign that included decisive victories over the likes of Lance Archer and Eddie Kingston. The star was then out of action for some time before making a triumphant return in November to take the place of Jon Moxley in the AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament.
After defeating Orange Cassidy in the semi-finals, The Redeemer went on to meet Bryan Danielson in the final at Full Gear, only to be defeated by The American Dragon.
It was later reported that his appearance in the tournament was not planned as the star was still dealing with the hamstring injury that had put him out of action earlier that year.
Miro eventually made his return to AEW on the June 1st edition of Dynamite, quickly disposing of Johnny Elite by forcing him to submit to the Game Over.
In a new interview with Fightful, Miro has opened up on the reasons behind his absence and revealed that he thought he would bne back in January.
“I feel great now. I was doing a little movie before, then I got my hamstring tweaked, we got the call, I had to fly in and do the Orange Cassidy match, I had this great opportunity for the world title. I took care of Orange Cassidy in a hurry, but I ripped my hamstring even further, and knowing I had to come back a week later to fight Bryan Danielson was maybe one of my biggest challenges so far in my career.
“Thankfully to Dr. Beau Hightower in New Mexico, he really got me up on my feet. I was barely walking and I had a week to prepare for that match. I was with him every day, a few hours a day, just to rehab the hamstring just to walk. A week later, it was okay.
“We had the Bryan match, and after that match, my hamstring was done. It was screaming, ‘I want to rest.’ That’s what happened, I needed some time off. I thought I was going to come back around January, that’s when we did those vignettes. Unfortunately, when you fall out of the wheel in AEW, our roster is so stacked with great guys and competitors, that I can’t be offended by it.
“I had a few acting gigs that I got taken care of. I had my time off, I loved my time doing that, but now I’m back and I want more than I had before.”
Miro was last in action at AEWxNJPW Forbidden Door where he was part of the Four-Way Match to crown the inaugural AEW All-Atlantic Champion alongside Pac, Malakai Black and NJPW’s Clark Connors.
Despite being the favourite to win the bout going in, Miro was taken out of the match by Malakai Black spitting mist in his face, blinding him. A chaotic finale then saw Pac take the victory and the title by locking Connors into the Brutaliser and forcing him to submit.
H/T to Fightful for the above transcription.