‘The Enforcer’ Arn Anderson has confirmed that he was diagnosed with COVID-19 and spent a week bed-ridden with the virus.
Arn Anderson is just one of several AEW talent who have either had the virus or been forced to quarantine thanks to coming into contact with someone who has tested positive since the outbreak.
Most recently, former AEW World Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho confirmed that he had tested positive in September 2020 following a concert his band, Judas, held in Sturgis. The staging was said to have been a hotbed of transmission with over 250,000 cases being linked to the night out.
Now, ‘Double A’ has taken to his ARN Podcast to detail his battle against the virus and how frightening the entire experience was as he was unable to eat, drink or leave bed:
“Last few weeks I found out a few things personally. I’ve found out there’s such thing as a negative positive test and a positive negative test and you can have several tests in a row that are all negative, which I did. And I mean overkill, like every other day because I got really really sick a couple weeks ago for about 10 days and thank God it was during the period we were off at AEW and I wasn’t exposed to anybody and quarantined in my house, but buddy, I’m just telling you. I know the symptoms vary hugely from person to person and age group, but let me tell you, I got sick as hell. It scared me to death. I was in the bed for probably a week.
Couldn’t drink anything, couldn’t eat anything, I was hallucinating. I was looking at my ceiling and I saw ice forming on the ceiling. I had one day there for a minute where I couldn’t catch my breath and it was a lot of things I had never experienced in my life that it scared me to death so what I want to do I just want to reiterate to everybody out there: guys, this thing is bad. It’s really bad and it varies from person to person. We have not by a 1000% turned the corner in this getting better. If anything, we’re going into that peak season and we haven’t even started talking about flu and all that. So I’m begging you, as a member of our family, tell everybody you know, wear the mask. Do the social distancing, just take care of your health in general, try not to get a cold, try not to get the flu. If you don’t have to go somewhere don’t go.”
Knowing that he had already suffered with the virus, Anderson wanted to ensure that wasn’t still a carrier before returning to work by taking a further test prior to returning to television:
“When I went back to work, I got my test that you always get with AEW before you can enter anywhere. You don’t even need go to your hotel room. You fly in, go get a test. The one that I had this past Wednesday morning, all of a sudden I had the antibodies for having COVID. Which meant I had had it, but at no point did I test positive for it. So what was going on in my bedroom for a week was absolutely COVID and it was brutal and it was hard to deal with. It was all I could do, you go days without drinking water hardly cause you can’t get it down. You go all week without food. It’s tough so all I’m asking is listen to some common sense things, but go the extra mile. For those of us that can do it, do something nice for a stranger, do something nice for a family member, do something nice for a friend and let’s get this thing knocked out, okay?”
Currently, Arn Anderson serves as both on-screen coach to former AEW TNT Champion Cody Rhodes as well as a producer behind the scenes.
Credit for the interview: ARN Podcast
h/t for the transcription: WrestleZone