AEW star Chris Jericho has spoken candidly about the serious health issues that kept him out of action towards the end of 2021.
Chris Jericho had to take some time away from the ring towards the tail end of 2021 after suffering health issues while on tour with Fozzy in the UK.
Now speaking on Talk is Jericho, The Wizard of AEW has opened up about what caused the issues and how he was suffering from a pulmonary embolism at the time:
“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 then explained the treatment he received and how his oxygen levels were getting on the low side during the ordeal:
“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.”
Chris Jericho might be ready to spill blood again in AEW after the company announced he will be part of an upcoming Barbed Wire Death Match.