Pro wrestling veteran Jake Atlas signed with the WWE in 2019 after making an appearance on an episode of Undercover Boss on CBS in 2018 with WWE CBO Stephanie McMahon. Prior to signing with the WWE, Jake Atlas competed on the Indies and had interest from All Elite Wrestling, but he ended up working under the NXT and 205 Live banner in WWE until he was released on August 6th of last year reportedly due to budget cuts.
After his WWE release, Atlas announced that he was stepping away from professional wrestling to focus on his mental health and he also said that he wanted to explore completely different industries so he can find his passion again. Shortly after wanting to step away from pro wrestling, Atlas made his AEW debut, when he worked the Dark TV Tapings last December defeating Serpentico in Singles action. After the match, AEW President Tony Khan made his way out and shook Atlas’ hand.
All Elite Wrestling held TV Tapings for an episode of Rampage this past January immediately after AEW Dynamite from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, where Atlas took on Adam Cole in a Singles Match and fans in attendance revealed that Atlas “blew out his knee” and has legitimately suffered an injury during the match. After suffering the injury midway through the match with Adam Cole, Jake had trouble putting weight on his knee and eventually had to tap out to a kneebar from Cole. He was later helped out of the ring by AEW officials.
Jake Atlas recently appeared on Highspots Wrestling Network’s “Sign It Live” and spoke about the bout he had on Dark: Elevation, which was right before Rampage that week and how his bout against Cole was supposed to be his first nationally televised AEW debut match, but he unfortunately blew out his knee and tore his ACL.
This is what Jake Atlas said:
“I had just a tryout match with them on Dark: Elevation show right before Rampage that week. So I was in Jersey to wrestle Adam Cole and wrestled him in early January.” “Right after the Dynamite show was a Rampage taping. It was going to be my first, that was my, like, nationally televised AEW debut. And unfortunately, somewhere towards the end of the match, just my mechanics weren’t there and I actually blew my knee out inward, or caved in, and tore my ACL.”
Jake Atlas also talked about how he did not know he got injured until probably a couple of days after he flew home as he couldn’t walk and after getting an MRI it was determined that it was a torn ACL so when it comes to recovery time, it takes up to 9 months for such an injury, but he is trying his best and hoping for a miracle to happen.
This is what Jake Atlas said:
“I didn’t know it that night. I didn’t know until probably a couple of days after when I flew home.” “But, definitely couldn’t walk. The athletic trainers were taking a look at me. Just, they were kind of hopeful and I was positive. I was trying to be positive as well. But when the match aired and I saw it for myself, you know, I was like, ‘okay, this is something that is a little bit off,’ and then got the MRI done, and unfortunately, it was a torn ACL. So that is quite a bit of a recovery time, as a lot of people know. Yeah, yeah, it’s like nine months. I’m trying my best to work, see if I can make a miracle happen.”
There is no word yet on when exactly Jake Atlas will make his return, but updates will be provided as it’s been made available. Atlas signed his All Elite Wrestling contract shortly after his debut match against Serpentico on AEW Dark.
You can check out Jake Atlas’ comments in the video below: