Alexa Bliss recently spoke with The New York Post to promote Sunday’s Stomping Grounds pay-per-view event at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, WA. At this show, Bliss challenge Bayley for the SmackDown Women’s Title.
This is where she talked about worrying that her recent concussion issues could cost her an in-ring career with WWE. It was noted in the article that Bliss suffered multiple concussions that forced her to deal with effects that caused her to miss time as an active in-ring performer. These injuries led to her missing matches at Evolution, WrestleMania 35 and Money In the Bank.
“Absolutely, I think after the second concussion I was very worried about not being able to get back in the ring, especially because I didn’t know what was going on with my brain,” Bliss said. “There’s so many different types of concussions and I didn’t know that at the time. Each one had to be treated differently and the fact that I didn’t know what was going on with my brain and didn’t know until I saw the concussion specialist, it made me very scared.”
Bliss had to go see concussion expert Dr. Michael Collins in Pittsburgh, which helped her deal with the fear that she had about her future. Bliss also had talked with SmackDown Tag Team Champion Daniel Bryan about concussions and ways to keep the brain healthy.
“The stuff that he [Dr. Collins] taught me about concussions and injury has been so mind opening and mind blowing, actually,” the 27-year-old Bliss said. “It made me feel like for the first time that I actually was in control of my own injury and actually well aware of what was going on in my brain and it made me feel so much better about returning to the ring because concussions are a scary thing.
“But the way they explained it, it made it seem tolerable and the fact that you could make a full recovery, and them being certain of that, just made me feel that much better.”