Serena Deeb has explained the harrowing truth behind her long absence from AEW, revealing that she has suffered three seizures since last October.
On Instagram, Deeb stated that this "really dramatic time period" has impacted her life and career in many ways. She has sought treatment from "a lot of different doctors" and undergone multiple tests, though nobody has been able to get to the root cause.
Said Deeb (h/t Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online):
I just wanted to share with you today a little bit about what's been going on with me. Since last October, I've had a series of three unprovoked seizures. This has been a really dramatic time period for me. It's affected my career and it's affected my life in a lot of ways. It's been really scary for me. I've seen a lot of different doctors, I've had every test imaginable and for the longest time nobody could tell me why this happened. Being out of the ring has been very challenging for me. I love professional wrestling with everything in me and I miss performing, I miss wrestling.
Serena last wrestled for AEW on 18 October 2022, competing at a Dark: Elevation taping. In September, a "serious disagreement" with company management was reported, though it was also stated that Deeb had told people close to her she was suffering from a serious, long-term injury and had been working to get cleared.
Continuing, Deeb said that she had originally kept her story private, but wanted to go public as she hoped it might help people suffering from serious issues. She revealed, too, that she is now healthy and ready to return, having been given the green light by her neurologist:
I've kept this very private and then I started learning more about seizures and how much more common it is and I didn't realize how many people experience seizures. I just have so much empathy. I know how scary it is and I just want to send the message that you are not alone and there is always light at the end of the tunnel. I want to encourage you and a big reason why I wanted to talk to you today is because I do have some news, and it's really good news, it's great news. I saw my neurologist recently and he told me that I recovered, I'm healthy, and I'm officially cleared to wrestle. That means I am ready to return. Hopefully, the next time you guys see me, I'll be in the ring doing exactly what I do best. I can't wait to wrestle, I can't wait to show you exactly what the Professor, what Serena Deeb is made of. Thank you so much for your time, I appreciate and love every single one of you. Much love.