Dakota Kai made an appearance during last weekend’s SummerSlam event as she reunited with her Damage CTRL mates after IYO SKY successfully cashed in to become the new WWE Women’s Champion.
On her Twitch stream, Kai detailed the incredibly hectic day. Since it was a Saturday she slept in as she normally does, but when she woke up she had received numerous messages that she had to get to Detroit. So when she found out her presence was needed it was already one in the afternoon.
“I literally found out they wanted me to be there at 1 PM on that day. I was still chilling. I was like, ‘it’s Saturday, my sleep in day. Not even going to set my alarm.’ My phone was on Do Not Disturb, I always have my phone on Do Not Disturb when I sleep in. I wake up, my phone is blowing up. My anxiety was through the roof. I saw all these missed calls, all these texts. Bayley is texting me, trying to call me. ‘Do you guys know what day it is, what time it is, where I am and where SummerSlam is?’ The math ain’t mathing. If I could teleport, that would be perfect. 1 PM, I shit you not. The rest of the day, my anxiety was at a ten. There was no time to be not anxious,” she said. (Fightful)
She continues, “Are there even flights? Sure, enough, there was a flight they wanted me to get on. It was around 5:15 PM, and I could not make it. I could not. There was literally only one flight left. This shows how desperate I was to get there because it was Spirit. I’ve never flown Spirit before. ‘Please don’t let anything happen.’ This flight was set for 6 PM,” she said.
Kai goes into detail all the trouble she had to get to Detroit. Everything had gone wrong with her plane delay. The flight didn’t take off until 7:15 PM and it is a two-and-a-half-hour flight to the destination. The plane landed in during the middle of the show, she states after the Shayna Baszler vs. Ronda Rousey match.
“Boarding time passes. It’s 6 PM, we’re still standing around. We board at 6:30. It’s getting closer to 7. ‘SummerSlam starts in an hour, in what world am I going to make this?’ They were saying the plane had maintenance issues, which is why we were delayed. They’re waiting for papers. How, in today’s technology, do you have to wait for a paper? We have technology. Just text them, ‘we’re good.’ It’s 2023. Email them the papers, send a screenshot, text them, DM them. We wait for a stack of papers. We haven’t even pulled away from the gate,” she said.
“It’s after 7 PM. Everything that went wrong, could. We take off at 7:15. It’s a two-and-a-half-hour flight to Detroit. I forgot what city we were going to because I was that frantic. When I’m landing, it’s the middle of the show, I want to say it was after Shayna [Shayna Baszler] and Ronda [Ronda Rousey]. Gunther and Drew [Drew McIntyre]. Thank goodness they sent car service to come and get me. They also had a makeup lady in the car. It’s about a 20-minute drive from the airport to the venue. Luckily their match was semi-main. I wouldn’t have made it. We get to the venue, I got dressed in the locker room, and it was straight to be loaded for where I was meant to be. I didn’t even get to say hi to everyone, really,” she recalled.
Kai further adds she was dressed in fully black over her regular clothes because they wanted to hide her from the crowd to be a surprise.
Already reported, after her appearance during the press conference she explained that she is still a ways away from returning to the ring but didn’t want to miss SKY’s moment. She is currently sidelined with an ACL injury which can normally take nine months to a year to fully heal. She has been out since mid-May.