Matt Jackson Rejected Doctor's Advice Over Recent Injury

Matt Jackson didn't heed the advice from surgeons

Matt Jackson could have been out of action for much of 2023 as the Elite member suffered a partial biceps tear in March. Jackson revealed in an Instagram post that surgeons insisted he immediately undergo surgery, which would have kept him on the shelf for six to seven months, but he ultimately opted not to have surgery.

"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," Jackson stated.

"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," he continued.

"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."

Jackson remained on TV during his rehab, appearing with a heavily taped arm. His first match back was at Double or Nothing on May 28 as The Elite took on Blackpool Combat Club in an Anarchy in the Arena Match. Matt Jackson would be on the losing side of the match after Konosuke Takeshita turned heel and attacked Kenny Omega. 

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