Dakota Kai has provided some insight into the injury that will see her out of competition until at least early 2024. During a Twitch stream, Kai was asked when she will be returning to the ring:
Probably, 2024, actually. I do think it’s funny that a lot of people are like, ‘She’s not injured at all, look at her walking around.’ ACL injury, it’s – I haven’t even learned how to jump and run again yet. I think I’m going to start running this week. ACL recovery, especially for someone that is in sport or something like that, where you use your legs a lot — if I was a desk worker or something like that, I would be back to work properly, like fully now, but because it’s wrestling I won’t be clear until January.@charliegirl on Twitch September 5th 2023
h/t to Wrestling Inc. for the transcription.
The Kiwi Superstar is recovering from an ACL tear, which occurred during a tag team match alongside Damage CTRL stablemate Bayley against Live Morgan and Raquel Rodriguez, on the May 17th episode of Smackdown.
Kai would undergo surgery the following week and spent some time off of television. She would return during Summerslam as her other stablemate Iyo Sky cashed in her Money In The Bank briefcase to defeat Bianca Belair amd capture the WWE RAW Women’s Championship.