Since debuting on the WWE main roster in 2016, Alexa Bliss has gained an army of fans due to her wonderful ‘Mean Girls’ character and her top notch social media game (Hi Larry Steve!).
But in 2018, a concussion injury kept Bliss out of action for an extended period and led to strong rumours that her career as an in ring competitor was over.
In a recent interview with BT Sport, Bliss herself revealed that there was some significant truth in those rumours with The Goddess herself worrying that she would never be cleared.
When asked if she thought her concussion was career ending she said:
“Oh, 100%. You know, it was crazy, it was such a weird thing for me. Because growing up in gymnastics and cheerleading, and kickboxing, track, the whole deal. If we got injured in All-Star cheer or gymnastics, we just wrapped it up and kept going. There was one cheer competition I went out with a knee brace, I had a broken thumb, ankle was sprained or something like that. And I just did all my tumbling passes with one arm, like you just keep going. And for being in the company for almost seven years now and not having any injuries, and then having this one particular stint of time where it was just back to back concussions, it was very scary. Because I didn’t know if I was gonna be able to get back in the ring again. Because you know, we’ve had a lot of WWE Superstars have to retire from that. And I didn’t want to be one of those, but with concussions it’s such a dangerous thing because it could take a week to heal, or it could take a year. You don’t know, because you can’t just wrap up a brain and hope it heals in a cast, you know?”
Thankfully for all parties, Bliss’ injury didn’t keep her totally on the shelf. With a great grasp of character outside of the ring, there was always a place for her even without being able to compete. It was during this time that Bliss became host of ‘A Moment Of Bliss’, her interview segment on Raw and Smackdown. On how WWE treated her while injured she said:
“It was very uncertain, but I’m really grateful that WWE gave me the opportunity to still be part of the show with Moment of Bliss, hosting WrestleMania. And it really showed me too that with concussions they take it very seriously. Because I had seen a neurologist, a neuropsychologist, an eye doctor, a neurosurgeon. Like, I had seen every single kind of doctor you can about concussions. And you know, the treatment was amazing, and I had the best of the best. Vince called me in, and he was like, ‘We’re gonna get you the best of the best, we’re gonna make sure you’re okay. Safety first.’
As we now know, after hosting WrestleMania 36, Bliss returned to full time action in mid-2019 and embarked upon a hugely popular face turn and tag team with Nikki Cross which led to two reigns as WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, one of which is, of course, ongoing.