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Natalya celebrates return from injury by explaining her absence from WWE

Just days ago, a rumor popped up that Natalya was expected to be back on television soon. It wasn't initially clear why she was out, past some word that she was suffering through an injury. She confirmed as much in a lengthy Instagram post celebrating her first match back at the NXT tapings last night at Full Sail (get complete spoilers here):

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Thank you @wwebeckylynch! Couldn't have asked for a more perfect opponent for my first match back in over two months. Magic!

I have debated with myself every day about explaining why I was suddenly "gone" after the last match I had in November. It was the first injury I've had that has taken me away from wrestling in over 11 years. I was so disappointed.

For the last 8 weeks I have been in intense physical therapy. I've been focused on returning and being stronger than ever. I fought hard to come back. I hated missing this past summer of the Diva's Revolution. I wanted so much to be a part of it because I love wrestling! Not just because I was born into it, WRESTLING is a part of my heart.

When I finally came back at the end of September, I was incredibly grateful and happy! I missed the girls, the ring and all of you. Then to get hurt, I felt like a failure.

NOW I am better. I am stronger. I am ready. I'm not ashamed of my injury at all. Setbacks happen. And EVERYTHING happens for a reason. Sometimes when it rains it pours but there's nothing YOU can't get through. When you fall down, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and just keep going. Every person has a comeback in them. ...See you soon❤️

Welcome back, Nattie. We're happy to have you.

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