According to an Aug. 2 report from Sportskeeda, WWE Divas superstar AJ Lee was legitimately injured during the most recent taping of Smackdown. Lee, 27, was carried off in a stretcher after suffering what appeared to be a whiplash injury. Lee, the current WWE Divas champ, was injured while celebrating a win over Rosa Mendes during the Smackdown taping, as she landed awkwardly after being thrown off the Smackdown stage.
As a precautionary measure, Lee was placed in a neck brace and backboard, and escorted out of the building. She was taken to a local medical facility, where she was tested for potential fractures and other ailments. Luckily, the injury was not as serious as it initially appeared. Lee was diagnosed with a whiplash injury. Medical staffers did not reveal how much time she is expected to miss, if any at all.
Lee could be back in action as soon as this week, or she might be out for an extended period of time. Time will tell how the situation plays out. How serious is Lee’s injury? Whiplash occurs when sudden force stretches and tears the muscles and tendons in the neck, and that’s what happened with Lee. Whiplash symptoms include: fatigue, dizziness, jaw pain, headache, neck pain, and back pain, but the good news is that most of the symptoms go away within 24 hours.
Lee was legitimately injured during Smackdown, and it wasn’t just part of a scripted storyline. She will need some time to rest up to get well, to make sure her WWE career remains bright. What does Lee’s injury mean for her future? In the short-term, her status for SummerSlam is up in the air. Lee was expected to battle Paige in a match for the WWE Divas title on Aug. 17 at SummerSlam in Los Angeles, but the match is now in jeopardy.
The WWE hasn’t released any official word on the status of the match, so for now it appears to still be on. However, more details will emerge in the days and weeks ahead. Lee has two weeks to heal up and recover from the whiplash injury, in order to put her WWE Divas title on the line against Paige. That should be enough time to rest, but the problem is that she won’t get the proper practice and prep work in to make her bout with Paige a good one.
Lee’s injury is quite unfortunate, as her match with Paige was highly-anticipated. It’s rare for the WWE to have a WWE Divas championship match have so much hype, but Lee and Paige are two of the best wrestlers in the promotion. They have a great feud going, and WWE Universe was legitimately excited for the bout. The hope is that Lee and Paige can still engage in battle on Aug. 17 at SummerSlam.