Dean Muhtadi, better known as former WWE star Mojo Rawley, revealed details of his scary battle with COVID-19 before announcing that he’s returning to wrestling.
Mojo Rawley hasn’t wrestled since his final WWE match in June 2020, and fans were beginning to wonder if the star was no longer hype and had retired from the wrestling business since he hadn’t made any move to return to the ring following his April 2021 release from the company.
Speaking in a new Instagram video, Mojo Rawley revealed that he had a severe case of COVID-19 about nineteen months ago, and the disease nearly cost him his life.
“I’ve been asked a ton about when I’m coming back to wrestling or if I’m officially retired, so let me go ahead and answer that now.
“About 19 months ago, I got COVID extremely badly. I had to go to the hospital, I almost died, and my lungs were just in really bad shape — so much so that in the beginning I couldn’t have any extra pressure on my lungs or else it would suffocate me. I couldn’t even speak for days on end because I couldn’t get enough air in to talk. Maybe the scariest part of the whole thing was the fact that the doctors had no idea what to say because it was so new.
The former Hype Bro continued, saying that while he’s still not feeling 100 per cent back to normal, he’s ready to return to wrestling at long last.
“But fast forward 19 months later, and I’m not quite 100 percent, but I’m getting pretty close. My training has been kicked up and I’m feeling good enough to announce officially that I’m coming back to wrestling, baby. COVID thought it got me, but it must have forgot — I stay hyped!”
During his time in WWE, Mojo Rawley became known for his “Stay Hyped” attitude, as well as his tag team with Zack Ryder, The Hype Bros. Rawley’s crowning achievement in WWE was undoubtedly when he won the André The Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 33 with more than a little help from long time friend and four-time Super Bowl Champion Rob Gronkowski.
In 2019, Muhtadi debuted a new serious character that donned face paint as a way to show his inner turmoil, but the gimmick was quickly dropped after he had just one match with Apollo Crews. Rawley has since revealed that he was against the gimmick.