Julia Hart recalls suffering torn labrum while doing competitive cheerleading, went two years before getting surgery

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Hart runs down her major injuries before her wrestling career. 

Julia Hart is several years into her career as a pro wrestler and she is currently signed to AEW. Hart is a member of House of Black alongside the reigning AEW World Trios Champions Malakai Black, Brody King and Buddy Matthews. 

Before Hart joined the group, she was a member of Varsity Blondes with Brian Pillman Jr. and Griff Garrison. She had a cheerleader persona which came from her background in competitive cheerleading. 

Hart appeared on Taylor Wilde’s ‘Wilde On’ podcast and opened up about the major injuries she suffered during her time as a cheerleader. Julia tore her labrum and continued to cheer for two years before getting surgery. There was another occasion when Julia got a concussion and still wanted to continue cheering as she was in the hospital recovering. 

So I had two really bad ones (injuries while doing competitive cheerleading). One was my shoulder. I tore my labrum and I battled that for a really long time because it would pop out, it would pop back in and in cheer, we don’t have an off-season. Kind of like wrestling, there’s no off-season so if you’re out, you’re kind of screwed so I didn’t get surgery until like two years later of it being torn and I would just cheer with one arm. I would literally lift girls with one arm, do the full routine with one arm because I was like, I don’t want to be off and then I finally got the surgery and then I quit my senior year. Long story. But then, in 8th grade, I got a really bad concussion. I was at the top of the stunt and I was supposed to switch my legs in the air and I totally missed it. The girls dropped me and I just landed on my head and then four days later, I’m in the hospital throwing up, because I told myself, I’m fine, I’m fine, I’m fine because it was like our first competition that weekend too so I was like, oh, it’s my first year on varsity. I was like, ‘I can’t miss it’ and then, you know, if it’s your head, go take care of yourself and I’ve learned that now. It’s like, if it’s my head, I have to be honest with myself and take care of yourself because concussions are not something to mess with.

I couldn’t even walk. It was literally like the worst concussion, and I’m in 8th grade so I’m just a little girl and I remember too, I’m in the hospital, sh*t (she laughed), it’s the day of the competition that I wake up and I’m throwing up and my coach, one of the cheer coaches calls my mom and goes, ‘Well can she just come quick and do a two minute — it’s just a two-minute routine. Can she just come do it?’ As I’m in the hospital, throwing up, can’t see and then like, ‘Mom, I gotta go.’ She’s like, ‘Are you kidding me!?’ And I’m like, ‘I gotta go, I gotta go. Two minutes, that’s all it is.’ I was like brainwashed in cheer. I was like, ‘I can do it.’

Hart accompanied House of Black to the ring for their successful title defense against Billy Gunn, Max Caster and Anthony Bowens at Double or Nothing. 

If the quote in this article is used, please credit Wilde On with an H/T to POST Wrestling for the transcription. 

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