Serena Deeb has been a pro wrestler for nearly twenty years. During her journey, she has competed for WWE, OVW, and Shimmer, before eventually settling into a role at AEW in 2020, where she is still signed. Her last match for the promotion took place a little over a year ago, defeating Haley J on an episode of AEW Dark: Elevation. During her time away, Fightful reported that she was dealing with an unspecified health issue.
Earlier today, on Instagram, Deeb released a video detailing the health struggle she has been dealing with and giving an update on her in-ring future.
“Hi everyone,” she began. “Recently, I’ve had a lot of people asking me where I’ve been and why I haven’t been wrestling. So, 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 really challenging for me. I love professional wrestling with everything in me, and I miss performing. I miss wrestling. I kept this very private, and then I started learning more about seizures and how much more common it is than I ever realized how many people experienced seizures. I just have so much empathy. I know how scary it is, and I just want to send the message that you’re not alone and there is always light at the end of the tunnel.
“I want to encourage you, and the 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’m recovered. I’m healthy, and I am 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. And 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.”
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