Anthony Bowens Worked Hurt For Months In AEW
He suffered an injury in his debut match
All Elite Wrestling's Anthony Bowens spent two months out of action with a knee injury earlier this year and the 5 Tool Player ultimately returned to the ring in April.
Bowens had been wrestling injured for months, though, he revealed on Busted Open Radio. The Acclaimed man actually picked up the injury during his debut match but he continued to wrestle because he wanted to establish his tag team with Max Caster on TV first.
"It was stressful because I knew I was banged up. Honestly, I was banged up from the first night I got there. I never really told anybody this. I took a weird bump the first night before I signed my contract and I woke up the next day, I couldn't get out of bed and I was like, 'Oh no, I gotta sign a contract today and wrestle. I don't know what I'm gonna do' and I kind of made the wrong - not the wrong decision but I probably should've said something but I kind of just sucked it up," Bowens said.
"And I gotta thank Max [Caster] because he carried the load for me for about two months and then my knee started bothering me and I'm just like, 'I haven't been injured in the eight years I've been on independent wrestling. When I finally get my break, I'm hurt,' he continued.
"So I fought through for a couple of months and then it finally caught up to me and then I eventually had to get my knee scoped and have that cleaned up so it was a bummer, but at the time it was like listen, I have this opportunity to establish who The Acclaimed were. We had to make sure we got through the things that we did and we did thankfully and I rehabbed with Devon Storm/Crowbar. He killed me for six, seven, eight weeks. Four times a week, I made sure that I hit physical therapy hard so I could get back and be a lot stronger and I am and I think The Acclaimed have risen to the top of the tag rankings pretty quickly since I've been back and Max did a good job of carrying the load for the month-and-a-half for The Acclaimed."
Since Bowens' return to the ring, The Acclaimed have picked up wins on AEW's YouTube shows, but they haven't fared as well on TV. They failed to win a number one contenders' match in early May and they were defeated by Jon Moxley and Eddie Kingston a couple of weeks later.
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