Former WWF Tag Team Champion D-Von Dudley has given an update on his health following a stroke he suffered on November 13, 2020.
At the beginning of 2021, reports began to circulate that the former Dudley boy was suffering from ill health after he was absent from several television tapings. Following the publication of such rumours, the talent himself came out to chastise those who spread false speculation and put one of his feet in the grave without knowing the full story.
On February 4, 2021, D-Von took to his Table Talk podcast to reveal that he had suffered a stroke and has recently returned to the airwaves in order to update his fans and the wrestling world on his recovery while giving some details on what occurred:
“It could have been really bad. I had a stroke. It could have been really bad. By the grace of God, they got it in time. There’s no ill effects, I’m healing up extremely well.”
While his condition was never released to the general public, several WWE names knew of his stroke and were there to support him and his family during such a tough time:
“John Laurinaitis has called and really has been monitoring me, making sure I’m getting the right care and everything. Vince called and wanted to make sure I was ok. Here’s why I like Stephanie McMahon so much. When the stroke happened, she called my wife and then called me and left a message and said, ‘I know you’re going to beat this. I know you are going to do well, but I want to hear it from you, so I will call you back because I want to hear you tell me you’re going to be ok.’ Sure enough, she called me back and I couldn’t answer. I called her back and she said, “It’s so great to hear your voice.’”
The WWE, I will say, they will call. They will make sure they’re there. They have been there for me and they’ve done it for me. So, I could never, ever, say anything bad about WWE. They’ve taken care of me in ways I never thought they would and they did. So, thank you for everything you’ve done for me during this time.”
After talking about how his WWE family were there for him, D-Von went into the tough task of recalling his ordeal and detailing the stroke as it happened on the morning of November 13, 2020:
“When the stroke happened, I was embarrassed that this could happen to me…She (his wife) was the one who made the phone call for me. I woke up at 5:30 in the morning to go to the bathroom and I couldn’t feel my legs…They called the ambulance and took me in.
I had a stroke and I was bleeding internally as well, so they had to stop that. They put a stent in my right side. They ran it up to my brain because I had to have brain surgery, so instead of cutting me up, they ran it right up to the brain to break up the blood clot.”
While D-Von Dudley has been absent from WWE for several months while he recovers, the star has orated that he hopes not only to return to his WWE Producer position as soon as possible but he also hopes to return to the ring in order to have that one final farewell that befits a career as legendary as his.
Currently, the former ECW Superstar is serving on the remake of hit 1980’s television show Punky Brewster which will also guest star Alexa Bliss and Charlotte Flair.
Credit for the interview: Table Talk
h/t for the transcription: Wrestling Inc.