LuFisto off weekend’s SHIMMER tapings with fractured kneecap; WSU bout with Havok also off
For those who saw SHIMMER Vol 53 this past Saturday on iPPV, they’ll have seen a very scary moment during the four way SHIMMER Tag Team Titles match when Montreal’s “Super Hardcore Anime” LuFisto flew off the top rope to the outside with a moonsault, and crashed and burned on the concrete floor in a sickening thud.
After not moving for several seconds, LuFisto managed to struggle back to her feet and re-enter the match – including hitting a Burning Hammer on Taylor Made to eliminate the team of Made in Sin from the contest. Soon after, LuFisto was pinned by Kellie Skater, eliminating her and her partner Kana from the match. Adrenaline is a crazy thing, and nobody has ever doubted LuFisto’s toughness for one second – but the days that followed have told a different story. After returning home and icing the knee, she tweeted “Swollen knee, no weird colours. Looks better. #positive #wrestlingYAY” – but there was worse news when she went to see a doctor earlier today.
In an open letter published on her facebook, LuFisto revealed that following an X-Ray on the injured knee, she actually suffered a fractured kneecap on that landing, and as a result is looking at at least 2 months out of action, and may require surgery depending on the opinion of an orthopedist this weekend. What that means is that her booking this weekend at SHIMMER is now off, as is her challenge for the WSU World Title at the “Queen & King of the Ring” show on May 11th in Vorhees, NJ, where she was scheduled to face Jessicka Havok. Click through after the jump for the full text of LuFisto’s open letter.
Dear fans, promoters and colleagues,
Last Saturday during the Shimmer 53 event at WrestleCon, I attempted a moonsault from the top rope to the outside, a manoeuvers I did before successfully. Whether it is because of miscommunication, bad timing or miscalculation, I landed very hard on the floor. I tried to turn myself mid-air but it was just too late.
Despite wearing knee pads, both my knees took the most of the impact, a fall of about 15 feet, right on the concrete. I lay on the floor for about a minute and decided to get up, get in the ring and finished what I had to do. Already as I had Taylor Made on my shoulder for the Burning Hammer, I knew there was something wrong.
I finished the match to the best of my ability without being able to put any weight on my left leg. Backstage, it was very swollen and I also had to cancel my match against Sumie Sakai at IndyGurlz.
I went back home on the Sunday and finally saw the doctor today. He confirmed that my left knee cap completely absorbed the impact. I got some x-rays done and I now have the results: Fractured knee cap.
I will see an orthopedist by the end of the week to know if I require surgery or a cast (hip to ankle). Therefore, I’m very sorry and sad to announce that I do have to cancel all my future appearances for at least the next two months:
Shimmer on April 14-15th
NGE on April 27th
WSU on May 11th
NSPW on May 25th
I’m so, so sorry and upset. Unfortunately, a tough and expensive road to recovery is now on the way. I hope you will all forgive me for not being able to compete for those few months. I hope to see you all very soon.
We at Ringbelles wish LuFisto a speedy and safe recovery.
– Stew Allen
Photo: Lyle C. Williams