Janai Kai opens up about past neck injury: I wasn’t even supposed to be alive, I shouldn’t even be here right now

Originally published at Janai Kai opens up about past neck injury: I wasn’t even supposed to be alive, I shouldn’t even be here right now

Kai speaks candidly about her past neck injury.

Over the past year, independent talent Janai Kai has been featured in Game Changer Wrestling, AEW, Mission Pro and Warrior Wrestling among many other promotions.

In early May, Kai was a part of Maria Kanellis-Bennett and Bobby Cruise’s Women’s Wrestling Army debut show. The promotion shared a video to their social media platforms of Kai speaking to them about a tasking point in her in-ring career which is when she suffered a broken neck.

Janai was told by a doctor that she was lucky to be alive and should not be walking. She wanted to keep positive thoughts about the idea of wrestling despite being told that she would not be able to perform anymore.

A couple years ago, I had a very, very bad injury. I broke my neck and I haven’t really spoke to anybody about it except for maybe my opponents and stuff. All in all, I wasn’t even supposed to be alive. Like, I shouldn’t even be in this room right now and that’s what kind of shocked me. I’m not even supposed to be able to walk. That’s what the doctor told me. I’m not even supposed to be alive or be able to walk right now. He told me I wasn’t able to wrestle anymore and that’s what kind of got to me. I was like, all right, I can’t think negatively about this. I need to wrestle. So, throughout the time, I just kept positive and kept training my mind in a sense where I didn’t think negative because that would just make it worse and so, being here now is just incredible to me. I’m very thankful to even be here and be around other women who are inspiring as well and have inspiring stories too. So, I’m just very, very grateful to even be at Women’s Wrestling Army right now.

"I wasn't even supposed to be alive."@Janai_Kai opened up about breaking her neck on our latest episode.

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POST Wrestling has an interview with Kai from January 2022 that can be read at this link. The video version can be watched here.

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