WWE Superstar Raquel Rodriguez, renowned for her dynamic presence in the ring and as a former WWE Women's Tag Team Champion, has recently opened up about a challenging health condition she's been grappling with. The wrestling community and her fans were concerned when Rodriguez, a celebrated figure in the sport, took a sudden hiatus from her television appearances and in-ring performances.
However, in a candid and heartfelt Instagram post, she has shed light on the reasons behind her absence, revealing her battle with Mass Cell Activation Syndrome. Rodriguez, who also holds the title of a one-time "NXT" Women's Champion, last showcased her skills in the ring on the November 20 episode of "WWE Raw," where she faced off against Nia Jax.
Following this, her presence was limited to a few live event appearances, the last of which was on December 3. Her sudden and unexplained withdrawal from the spotlight had sparked questions and concerns among her followers.
In her social media revelation, Rodriguez detailed the physical and emotional toll of her condition. "Last year, I spoke about being a WWE superstar with eczema. But in December, things took a turn for the worse," she explained.
The diagnosis of Mass Cell Activation Syndrome brought with it severe symptoms - significant redness and swelling, predominantly affecting her face. This not only hindered her professional life but deeply impacted her personal well-being.
"I love traveling, going to the gym, and wrestling. But this condition kept me from doing what I love. I even shied away from cameras and mirrors," she shared.
Rodriguez's Texas Return
Relocating back to her home state of Texas proved to be a silver lining for Rodriguez.
She expressed immense gratitude for the unwavering support from her family and friends during this challenging time. Their support, coupled with her resilience, has set her on a path of recovery and self-discovery. In her message, she extended a hand of solidarity and encouragement to others facing similar struggles, especially during the holiday season, emphasizing the importance of self-compassion.
As Rodriguez embarks on this healing journey, the timeline for her return to the WWE ring remains uncertain. Nonetheless, her resolve and optimism shine through. "I'll share more about my journey as I understand it better. For now, Happy New Year to all, and remember, I love y'all," she concluded in her post.
The wrestling community eagerly awaits more updates on her health and her eventual return, hoping to see her once again triumph in the ring. As Rodriguez navigates this personal challenge, her story of resilience and transparency serves as an inspiration to many.