Killer Kelly reveals that she 'had some contact' with AEW in 2020, still needs surgery for her nose

Originally published at Killer Kelly reveals that she 'had some contact' with AEW in 2020, still needs surgery for her nose

Kelly speaks candidly about the nose injury that led to her taking a break from wrestling.

It was revealed by Killer Kelly that she has been under contract to IMPACT Wrestling for the past two years. She has since signed a new deal with the company. She was offered her contract after her two matches for the company in late 2020.

The month prior to her IMPACT debut, she wrestled for Black Label Pro and GCW at Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport 3. Kelly told Pro Wrestling Illustrated that during that period when she was not signed to IMPACT, she ‘had some contact’ with All Elite Wrestling but a visa issue prevented the two parties from further engaging.

When I was in the States, here for the first time during the pandemic, I didn’t even look to wrestle. But Josh Barnett contacted me again. He said, ‘Well since you couldn’t do the Bloodsport because of the pandemic, we’re gonna do it again. Please be a part of it.’ I was like, ‘Of course. F*ck yeah.’ I was so looking forward to it and then I wrestled for Black Label and still, I wasn’t looking for anything. I had some contact with AEW, but I didn’t have a visa. So, I couldn’t do anything but then IMPACT contacted me and they said, ‘You can come here for us to see you and whatnot’ and I was like, oh, f*ck, that’s cool. Okay. I’m not doing anything right now so, I’ll go and then I had those two matches and one thing that no one knows, that it’s gonna be exclusive. I got offered the contract right there and then. So it was literally two matches, contract, all in the same day.

In October 2021, Kelly took to social media to share that she would be taking time away from wrestling after noticing an issue with her breathing. She expanded on that in the interview and said her septum was completely broken.

The breaking point for her was when she was folding clothes and noticed that she could not breathe while doing that. She wanted to have surgery, but that specific surgery costs $100,000. She opted to go the route of a Balloon Sinuplasty. The anesthesia that was being used did not work, so she was awake for the procedure. She described it as a ‘half-an-hour of pure pain’ but she can now breath 30 to 40 percent better. A full-on surgery is still needed.

I also had my nose surgery which was a fun thing because I broke my septum. It’s completely broken. I could not breathe at all. That’s why I had those three matches and I said, okay guys, I can’t wrestle anymore because I couldn’t breathe.

Yeah very weird stuff, where I had local anesthesia, which didn’t work for me. They had to put the anesthesia three times and they couldn’t put more because it would do something harmful. I felt everything. They literally went up my nose with like a thing this size. Put a balloon up my nasal — not ‘nasal’. My septum-whatever. They blew the balloon, they sucked it all out. It was an awful experience. It was half-an-hour of pure pain, pure pain. It was awful. But then, yep, I can breathe 30 percent better, 40 percent better which is great but still, I need a surgery. So yeah, that is it.

As the conversation progressed, Kelly explained how the nose injury occurred. She said it happened at a Pro Wrestling: EVE show in September 2018. It was a four-way with herself, Charlie Morgan, Kay Lee Ray and Jordynne Grace.

Grace gave Kelly a german suplex while Kelly was giving Kay Lee Ray the same move. Ray ended up elbowing Kelly on the nose. The breathing problems first became noticeable in fall of 2021. She had matches against Kylie Rae, Leyla Hirsch and Roxanne Perez where she went on autopilot, could not breathe or think. Kelly circled back around to the story of her folding clothes and not being able to breathe. She said she almost fell over in that moment.

So I had the nose injury, it was — I don’t know. I wanna say four years ago, four, five years ago at .

On the most recent edition of IMPACT on AXS, Kelly put Tasha Steelz in a sleeper submission. Steelz had just come from checking on Savannah Evans, who Kelly defeated via submission on the 8/18 program.

If the quotes in this article are used, please credit Pro Wrestling Illustrated with an H/T to POST Wrestling for the transcriptions.