Roxanne Perez, one of the rising stars of WWE NXT, collapsed in the ring during a live event on November 8, 2023. The incident shocked the fans and the wrestling community, as Perez was rushed to the hospital for emergency treatment. What happened to Roxanne Perez, and what is her current condition? Here is what we know so far.
WWE’s Update on Roxanne Perez’s Health
On November 9, WWE issued an official statement on their website, confirming that Perez suffered a cardiac arrest during her match against Lola Vice at the NXT live event in Orlando, Florida. The statement also said that Perez was resuscitated by the medical staff and taken to a nearby hospital, where she underwent several tests and procedures.
According to WWE, Perez was discharged from the hospital on November 10 and is currently resting at home under the supervision of her family and doctors. WWE also said that Perez will be out of action indefinitely and that they will provide further updates on her recovery as they become available.
Speculation on Her Condition
While WWE has not revealed the exact cause of Perez’s cardiac arrest, some sources have speculated that it could be related to a pre-existing heart condition that Perez was unaware of. According to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Perez had a history of fainting spells and low blood pressure, but she never had any serious health issues before.
However, some fans and experts have expressed their concerns about the possibility of Perez having a more severe condition, such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or long QT syndrome, which are known to cause sudden cardiac death in young athletes. These conditions are often genetic and hard to detect and can be triggered by physical exertion, stress, or medication.
Perez’s current situation is still unclear, as she has not made any public statements or appearances since her collapse. Some of her friends and colleagues, such as Meiko Satomura, Dakota Kai, and Rhea Ripley, have posted messages of support and prayers for her on social media, hoping that she will make a full recovery soon.
Previous WWE NXT In-Ring Collapse
This is not the first time that Perez collapsed in the ring during a WWE NXT match. On December 18, 2022, Perez wrestled Meiko Satomura for the NXT Women’s Championship at the Roadblock event, where she passed out after receiving a kick to the head from Satomura. The referee stopped the match and declared Satomura the winner by knockout, while Perez was carried out on a stretcher.
At the time, WWE announced that Perez suffered a concussion and was taken to a local medical facility for evaluation. Perez later revealed on Twitter that she was fine and that she had no memory of the match or the incident. She also congratulated Satomura on her victory and thanked the fans for their concern.
Perez’s previous in-ring collapse caused a lot of worry and controversy among the WWE Universe, as some fans accused Satomura of being reckless and dangerous, while others defended her as a respected and experienced wrestler. Perez herself did not blame Satomura for the accident, and said that she was honored to share the ring with her.
Perez’s latest collapse, however, has raised more questions and fears about her health and future in wrestling. Many fans are wondering if Perez will ever be able to return to the ring, or if she will have to retire from the sport that she loves. Perez, who is only 22 years old, has achieved a lot in her short career, becoming the inaugural ROH Women’s World Champion and the 2022 NXT Women’s Breakout Tournament winner. She also made history as the youngest female champion in both ROH and NXT.
Perez’s collapse has also highlighted the importance of regular health screenings and awareness for wrestlers and athletes, especially those who perform at a high level and intensity. Perez’s case shows that anyone can be at risk of a cardiac arrest, regardless of age, fitness, or lifestyle. Therefore, it is vital to seek medical attention and treatment as soon as possible, and to follow the advice and recommendations of the doctors.