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Kalisto Opens Up On COVID “Nearly Ending Him”


Former WWE United States Champion Kalisto has discussed his dealings with COVID-19 and says the disease was close to “ending him.”

Kalisto joined WWE as part of the NXT brand in 2013 before graduating to the main roster of the company in 2015. During his time on the main roster, the luchador captured the WWE United States Championship on two occasions, defeating Alberto Del Rio both times for the gold.

The masked star is perhaps best known for his time as part of the Lucha Dragons tag team with Sin Cara and latterly the Lucha House Party with Gran Metallik and Lince Dorado. Kalisto was released from his WWE contract in April 2021 as the company began numerous rounds of roster cuts during that year.

Taking to social media Kalisto revealed that in August he was suffering from COVID-19 and says he dodged death as he nearly had two heart attacks during his ordeal:

“COVID nearly ended me..the whole month of August I was hospitalized…dodging death again in my life, nearly having two heart attacks on top of covid and stomach ulcer, only had a day to prepare for my return on tv…beyond my belief I thought I never get this bad, but I took that as a sign, really trained hard and rolled the dice and Lucha. 2022 is all I focus on…LUCHA always like there’s no tomorrow.. LUCHA is my life and my LIFE is LUCHA.. #onemorego #gloat #lucha stay safe everyone #greatful #blessed everyone deserves the world.”

Kalisto wrestled his first match since leaving WWE under his non-WWE name of Samuray Del Sol on the 3rd of November edition of AEW Dynamite. Del Sol and Aero Star teamed up to unsuccessfully challenge FTR for their AAA Tag Team Championship.