In a pre-Raw dark match with Toni Storm, NXT Superstar Tegan Nox returned to the ring for the first time since suffering a torn ACL last August.
After a lengthy injury-induced absence, NXT Superstar Tegan Nox returned to the ring in a dark match prior to the most recent edition of Raw.
According to PWInsider’s Mike Johnson, Tegan Nox worked a match inside the WWE ThunderDome with fellow NXT Superstar Toni Storm prior to Raw going on the air.
If the report is accurate, the match would be Nox’s first in almost a year. Her last match was a Tri-Brand Battle Royal to determine the number-one contender to the SmackDown Women’s title. The match went down on the August 13 edition of SmackDown which aired live from WWE Performance Center just a few days before WWE moved its on-screen business to the WWE ThunderDome.
Tegan Nox’s WWE tenure has been plagued by injury woes. She signed with the company in 2017 and was scheduled to compete in the inaugural Mae Young Classic, but was forced to withdraw after tearing her ACL before the tournament began.
The Welsh wrestler competed in the second Mae Young Classic in 2018 but was suffered numerous injuries in her quarter-final match with Rhea Ripley. As well as tearing her ACL again, Nox suffered a torn lateral collateral ligament and a patellar dislocation. She eventually recovered and went on to feature in some high-profile NXT bouts. Nox teamed with Shotzi Blackheart in a WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship match against Sasha Banks and Bayley in June of 2020 before tragically tearing her ACL yet again that August.
Recently, several developmental talents have been featured in main-roster dark matches, as well as appearing on Main Event. Both Karrion Kross and Bronson Reed were backstage on SmackDown a few weeks ago and performed in dark matches. The pair returned for Raw the following week to perform in taped matches on Main Event. Toni Strom, Shotzi Blackheart, and Odyssey Jones have also been participating in main roster activities lately.
Source: The Sportster