Ashley talks about leg injury

When Candice pushed Ashley and Mickie James over the top rope in a Diva Battle Royal on RAW, the 2005 RAW Diva Search winner's hopes of receiving an opportunity at the Women's Championship were gone. But that was the least of her worries. When Ashley hit the mat, she landed awkwardly on her leg, and she knew right away that something was wrong.

"When I got dumped over the top rope and landed on my ankle, I heard my leg crack in three places. It went crack, crack, crack, so I knew it was broken for sure," she said.

Ashley was stretchered out of the arena and rushed to a local hospital in Trenton, N.J.

"I went to the hospital, but there was no orthopedic surgeon there," she said. "The emergency room doctors stabilized the leg and gave me something for the pain and took me back to the arena. I went home and saw an orthopedic doctor, and he took all kinds of X-rays. I thought I was just going to get a cast, which is what the ER doctor insinuated. Apparently that's not his specialty," she said in a rather upbeat manner.

"They originally thought it was a double fracture, but it was actually just one large fracture that went around the bone twice, like a corkscrew. But there was a loose piece of bone, which is why it was so painful -- the bone was jiggling around," she said. "I knew something like that was wrong. I had broken one other bone in my life, and this didn't feel normal. Every time there was just a bump in the car it was excruciating. So then I was admitted into the hospital and had the surgery."

The doctors put a metal plate in the length of the break and screwed it to the bone. Since  bone is being fused to the metal plate, the doctors said that the break should heal faster. Ashley will get the staples taken out of her leg in two weeks and will then be put into another cast for four weeks. Following that, she will undergo intense rehabilitation in an effort to get back in the ring as soon as possible.

Ashley is in good spirits now that she's on the road to recovery, but she was apprehensive about the surgery at first.

"I was really scared when I first heard them talking about metal screws and plates. But the more I talked about it with the doctors, it's a positive thing because I'll heal quicker and there's a better chance that I won't injure it again," she said.

Even though she suffered the injury only days ago, Ashley has already received an outpouring of support.

"I just want to say thank you to the fans," she said. "I've received a bunch of e-mails already. And they were all cheering me on when I left the arena, and it means a lot to me."

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