WWE Hall of Famer Bully Ray and TNA star Tommy Dreamer recently lent their seasoned insights to wrestlers grappling with the physical and mental challenges posed by injuries.
The wrestling community recently felt the sting of injury with the news of WWE’s Cora Jade’s torn ACL, a setback expected to bench her for a significant portion of 2024. On a recent episode of Busted Open Radio, Tommy Dreamer expressed unwavering confidence in Jade’s potential, assuring fans that her return would be marked by resilience and improvement. He underscored the paramount importance of prioritising recovery after surgical procedures.
Bully Ray added a unique perspective to the conversation by suggesting that injuries, though unfortunate, can sometimes act as a hidden blessing. According to Ray, wrestlers often experience an increased level of popularity upon their triumphant return to the ring, becoming larger-than-life figures in the eyes of fans.
When you do make your eventual return, you’re actually a bigger babyface or heel than you were when you return,
However, Ray acknowledged that the impact of injuries can vary, especially depending on the stage of a wrestler’s career. In the case of Jade, who is still in the developmental phase within WWE NXT, Ray recognised the unique challenges she faces. Reflecting on his own experiences, he highlighted the mental toll that recovery can take, recalling a time when injuries isolated wrestlers from their fan base.
Crucially, Ray emphasised the importance of maintaining a positive mindset during the recovery process. In an era dominated by social media, he stressed that wrestlers have a unique opportunity to stay connected with their fans, leveraging platforms to engage and sustain their presence even during rehabilitation.
You will go over the particular moment in time millions of times in your head. Back before social media, the boys had no way of staying in contact with the fanbase. So there still is a way to keep yourself out there, the important thing is to stay positive mentally.
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Bully Ray stated that Cody Rhodes has garnered a special connection with the WWE fans in his main event rise, he explained that Rhodes’ connection with younger audience members also creates a strong bond with older audience members too.
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