Rachael Ellering Admits Being Released By WWE During COVID-19 Pandemic Was 'Extremely Challenging'
Ellering was released by WWE last year
Rachael Ellering has opened up about the mental challenges she faced after being released by WWE at he beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Ellering and boyfriend Chris Hero were both let go by WWE in April 2020, right at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, with neither unable to find more work due to the global situation restricting travel.
With Ellering also trying to comeback from a torn ACL, she admits she and her partner went through a tough time as a result of everything around their release from WWE.
Speaking to Taylor Wilde on Wilde On, Ellering revealed: "It all started when I tore my ACL. Anyone who gets injured, it's more mentally difficult than physically at times and it definitely was for me. I had a lot of bad experiences with the medical staff I was working with and then COVID hit and both myself and my boyfriend were fired.
"Losing our jobs at the start of a pandemic was scary and sad. That was my dream job since I was a kid. It was difficult to come to grips with how poorly that whole experience went and obviously how it ended. Then, when you realize that we're in a pandemic and I just couldn't go work somewhere else. You just have these thoughts like 'I wish one of us kept our jobs.' You're saving up for real life things like a house. I've always wanted to take care of my mom. You save and then you realize 'shoot, now I have to take that and survive until things are normal.' It was all extremely challenging.
"I fell into a deep hole and I'm sure a lot of people did over the last year. So many people lost their jobs and couldn't see their family. I love wrestling so much and not being able to do that physically hurt me. When you put so much time and effort and love into something that is your job and you're no longer able to do it and don't know when you'll be able to do it again.
"I was cleared six months after my surgery. Physically, I was all good. I went through the physical thing and the mental thing and it was back-to-back of where I couldn't wrestle. It ended up being this long period of the thing I'm most passionate about and love and want to dedicate my entire life to being great at, you can't do. I got to a really bad place."
Ellering has since joined IMPACT Wrestling and is a former Knockouts Tag Team Champion.