Earlier today (Feb. 22), AEW loaded the stream for tonight’s Women’s Championship Eliminator Tournament show.
Among the four matches planned for the YouTube special was supposed to be Dr. Britt Baker vs. Anna Jay in a first round match on the U.S. side of the bracket. But the video graphic showed independent wrestler Madi Wrenkowski opposite Baker, and fans who were looking forward to her first match since January began to ask why the Dark Order star had been replaced.
Now we know, and it’s not good news:
#BreakingNews— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) February 22, 2021
Anna Jay was injured training & can’t compete tonight. Anna requires shoulder surgery & is expected to miss 6-12 months. She’s replaced in the Tournament by alternate @Madi_Wrenkowski, a student & protege of @thunderrosa22. Watch tonight 7/6c https://t.co/lBSV4sbfpB pic.twitter.com/QESqn6HWDk
She retweeted the above video with the following comment:
“I’m super upset about this.... all I can do now is put in the work to come back stronger. Thanks for all the love and support everyone. It means a lot to me!”
This is her second shoulder injury; she spoke about the first one back in 2018 during her appearance on the AEW Unrestricted podcast last year. Jay is relatively new to the squared circle, but had shown a great deal of promise in her 19 professional matches. More importantly, she’d formed a connection with the crowd, and figured to be a big part of Dark Order’s face push.
Perhaps she can stay involved in some capacity as she rehabs from shoulder surgery. Even if she can, this is a big setback for Jay, and for the AEW women’s scene.
Join us in wishing Anna Jay a successful surgery and speedy recovery.