AEW’s Trent provides update on recovery from neck fusion surgery, unsure of when he’s returning

After undergoing neck fusion surgery over the summer, AEW's Trent provides an update on how he's doing physically

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Trent provides an update on his recovery from neck fusion surgery.

Over the summer, Trent underwent neck fusion surgery just several months after he returned from a torn pectoral injury that sidelined him in December 2020.

Best Friends (Trent, Orange Cassidy & Chuck Taylor) sat down with Brandon F. Walker on his ‘Rasslin podcast and Trent provided an update on how he’s feeling since the surgery. He’s unsure of when he’ll be returning to the ring. He said it’s not a case of needing to rehab, but he’s waiting for his bones to grow together.

I don’t know [when I’m coming back] because it’s just like, there’s not even rehab to do. It’s just waiting for my bones to grow together.

I just gotta wait for my bones to grow together though, you know what I mean? They put the plates in and they take the discs out and then in-between they put — he said it’s like a crushed coral. I don’t understand why it’s not just floating around but — it’s something like that and then the bone grows into where the crush coral — I think it’s like a little disc thing with the coral in it. It’s not actually coral. They drill the sh*t in and then they just — there was only the metal keeping my neck together after surgery.

Trent had sleep apnea, which is when one’s breathing repeatedly stops and starts. He shared that he had so much bone growth that his discs were crushed and his bones started to fuse together.

I think [I’m okay]. I got my neck fused… I had so much extra bone growth and stuff, my discs were crushed and my bones were starting to fuse themselves together and I was getting sleep apnea. I was waking up gasping for air in the middle of the night and I was having — sometimes I’d have trouble swallowing my own spit and I just thought it was nothing but post-surgery. I guess I had so many extra bones and sh*t growing in my [points to throat] that my sleep apnea was gone.

Elsewhere during the conversation, Trent and Chuck Taylor were asked about some of the highlights from their AEW run[s]. They both consider the Parking Lot Brawl and ‘Arcade Anarchy’ matches to be the arc[s] of their time in AEW so far.

Trent: I think so, yeah [Parking Lot Brawl against Santana & Ortiz was their arc in AEW]. I’m talking about the arc thing. I’m not claiming we had the best match.

Taylor: Yeah, between that and the Arcade fight that we had when you [Trent] came back. That was probably our two crowning achievements.

Trent: The parking lot was a lot of fun.

Chuck Taylor and Rocky Romero are teaming up on tonight’s AEW Dynamite at UBS Arena. They’ll be taking on The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson).

If the quotes in this article are used, please credit ‘Rasslin with Brandon F. Walker with an H/T to POST Wrestling for the transcriptions. 

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