Ex-WWE Star Says They Nearly Died After Leaving The Company – “My Heart Stopped”
Samuray del Sol is best known to WWE fans as former US Champion Kalisto and the star has now revealed how a bout of COVID almost cost him his life.
As Kalisto, the star competed in WWE for eight years until his release from the company in April 2021. Samuray del Sol continues to compete in the ring and even made an appearance for AEW back in November of that same year when he teamed with Aero Star to challenge FTR for their AAA Tag Team Championship.
Now speaking to Renee Paquette on The Sessions, Samuray del Sol has revealed how close he got to death after leaving WWE:
“After getting released from WWE, I was like, ‘I’m going to get back on the grind, I’m motivated.’ [COVID] just hit me out of nowhere. I waited two weeks because I didn’t want to pay a damn hospital bill. That was my mistake because I was starting to be delusional. My brain was fried. My wife was sick, but not as sick as me. My fever wouldn’t go down, I was coughing up blood every day for two weeks.
“I guess I passed out a couple of times and hit my head. I was white. I didn’t tell anybody, not even my parents. They were p*ssed off.” I don’t like showing my medical history to the world and I don’t want any sympathy. I’m a private person. I can take care of myself and do this. It scared the sh*t out of me. In the hospital, they were going to put me in a coma, but my wife said no. ‘He’s not going to come back. He’s going to die.’
“My heart stopped beating, they needed to revive me. My heart stopped and kicked back. It was like three times. I was in and out with that. I was super tired and just wanted to sleep. From what my wife was telling me, it was really bad. I ended up staying in the ER for two and a half months. I was on close watch because my heart kept stopping. It was scary because I was alone. Only a few people knew.
“In my mind, I was already set for retirement. ‘I don’t think I have the lung power.’ I tried walking outside and I couldn’t breathe. I had light asthma and this was like, oh man, I developed blood clots in my lung, my high blood pressure, I almost has diabetes on top of that. It was a life scare.”