Dakota Kai Suffers Serious Knee Injury At WWE NXT Live Event

Bad news for one of developmental's fastest rising women.

Dakota Kai

NXT Superstar Dakota Kai could be set for a long stint on the sidelines after suffering a serious knee injury at a live event in Green Bay, Wisconsin over the weekend.

Kai was teaming with Kairi Sane and Candice LeRae to face Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke, and Marina Shafir. She reportedly went down during the bout, prompting the referee to throw up the 'X' sign, signifying there was a problem, before medics emerged to help Kai to the back.

Dave Meltzer has since provided an update on Wrestling Observer Radio, claiming that Kai underwent an MRI yesterday evening. The results? Not good. Though Meltzer was unable to provide specifics on the injury, he said that it is believed Kai tore her ACL, leaving her with a potential recovery time of six-to-nine months.


While the New Zealander isn't among NXT's strongest pushed women, 2018 saw her become a valuable supporting player on the developmental imprint's main and UK brands, and she was primed to play a bigger role heading into 2019. Now, much like tag partner Tegan Nox, she faces a long, gruelling rehabilitation process.

We here at WhatCulture.com wish Dakota Kai all the best for a speedy recovery.

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