Chris Jericho Explains His Serious Health Scare

Chris Jericho

Chris Jericho has opened up on why he was away from AEW towards the end of 2021, citing the serious health issues he was dealing with.

‘The Wizard’ Chris Jericho fell ill whilst on tour with Fozzy in the United Kingdom at the tail end of 2021, which also kept him away from the squared circle.

Speaking recently on Talk Is Jericho, the former AEW World Champion spoke candidly of how he was suffering from a pulmonary embolism which caused a number of other issues.

I was really having problems walking. I was supposed to go do kind of a sideline reporting thing at one of the football games, one of the soccer games here in town … I basically had to cancel … About an hour later, I get a call … ‘You have blood clots, we can tell by the blood that we drew. You have to go directly to the hospital.’

I was just thinking, ‘Give me some pills and I’m on my way.’ They tell me very soon after, ‘Yes, you’ve had a pulmonary embolism’. What does that mean? It means that your lungs are filled with blood clots and you are now staying in the hospital … They went and did an ultrasound and found that there was evidence of a clot that had been in my throat. Now, if a clot gets in your throat, that’s getting into stroke territory.

Chris Jericho went on to speak about how low his oxygen levels went during that period, and the treatment he was provided with for recovery.

They had told me that you need blood thinner and I remember just waiting for this blood thinner and I’m getting a little bit like, freaked out. The shot goes right into my thigh and I’m not sure if it’s because it works faster or whatever it may be, but it hurt like a motherf*cker. It was horrible

[Oxygen levels] are supposed to be 100, you know, 98, 99, 100. Mine was down to 92 and they said, ‘If this goes lower, we’re going to have to put you on a breathing — not a breathing tube, but put you on oxygen.

With the scandal involving Vince McMahon continuing to dominate wrestling headlines, Chris Jericho also recently gave his take on the issue.

With thanks to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.