After spending most of the year working in either the WWE Women’s Tag or WWE Women’s World title scenes, Raquel Rodriguez hasn’t been on television since putting over Nia Jax on the Nov. 20 episode of Raw.
She then worked a dark match and a couple of house shows, but has been completely out of action since Dec. 3. In a video posted to her Instagram last night (Jan. 1), Rodriguez explained why — she was recently diagnosed with mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS).
In the video, Rodriguez says:
“So long story short, last year I posted a video about being a WWE superstar with eczema., and in the month of December, it got progressively worse and I have been diagnosed with something called mast cell activation syndrome. Basically, I was red, swollen, there was a lot happening in this area physically [gestures to and around her face and head]. It kept me from doing the things that I love like traveling, going to the gym, and wrestling. And I also didn’t want to be on camera, I didn’t want to look in the mirror.
“I understand that both those things can mess with someone both emotionally and mentally, but thank God I moved back to Texas when I did because I have the best support system in the world during this time, which is my family. I’m so grateful to them and for everything they have done for me, and to you guys as well, who have sent me kind messages and reminded me that I didn’t have to go through this alone.”
She closed out with a message “to anyone who’s been struggling, or had to celebrate the holiday season a little bit differently this year”, reminding them to give themselves “a little bit of compassion and grace” while dealing with life’s challenges, and to remember to give kindness to others and ourselves in the new year.
Raquel’s Instagram includes a caption which reads:
I will share more on my healing journey later on when I have a better understanding of what’s happening but for now I love y’all and Happy New Year ❤️
We’re currently having a technical issue which prevents us from embedding Instagram posts, but here’s a version of her video a fan posted on X:
Regarding MCAS, The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology describes it as “a condition in which the patient experiences repeated episodes of the symptoms of anaphylaxis – allergic symptoms such as hives, swelling, low blood pressure, difficulty breathing and severe diarrhea. High levels of mast cell mediators are released during those episodes”
Please join us in wishing Rodriguez the best as she faces this new challenge.