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Mojo describes his difficult COVID journey: “I couldn’t get enough air in to talk.”

Mojo stopped by “The Sessions” with Renee Paquette this week to discuss the complications he faced with COVID and why he feels people watch less wrestling now then before.

Mojo describing the complications he’s had with COVID:

“I got rocked pretty hard by it,” Mojo shared. “The first few days weren’t so bad. It was like the on and off spotty fever, the chills, and whatnot. I’m not sure what happened from there. Myself and the doctors have a couple of hunches, but things spun out of control.”

“My fever spiked to 104. I was overheating. It was so crazy,” he continued. “I remember taking an ice cold shower trying to get my body temp down, and the freezing cold water would touch the top of my head, and by the time it got down to my neck, it was boiling hot.”

“I went to the hospital. They checked me out. They took my temperature. They really didn’t have anything for me to do but sit in a cold room by myself to bring my fever down, but after that, I started developing this cough and these breathing issues. I was coughing so bad that the blood vessels in my eyes burst, so my eyes were bloodshot and looked insane.”

“I just couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t get a full breath. I would get these little half breaths where the air would get to here and stop before it gets up to a place where I could actually get it in. I couldn’t lay on my back. I couldn’t lay on my side. I couldn’t wear T-shirts because it would suffocate me, that extra pressure on my lungs. It was just awful.”

“I had to learn to sleep sitting forward in a chair. I’m already the world’s worst sleeper, so these things didn’t help. I was having to take Nyquil, Melatonin, and all these sleep aids combined together just to pass out for a little bit.”

“On certain days, it got so bad that I couldn’t speak. I couldn’t get enough air in to talk. It was like every breath for weeks and months was an act of process, something I had to actively do.”

“It was scary because I kept seeing the doctors. Everyone was like, ‘This is brand new. We don’t know what to tell you. We don’t know how to treat this. We can clearly see that your lungs are bad.’”

“I went to the pulmonologist one day and they put me in this little cubicle. I did a breathing exam. I remember afterwards, on the way into the pulmonologist, I saw this 90 year old woman hobbling out on a walker. The doctor said, ‘Hey, did you by chance happen to see that older woman that walked out when you got here?’ I said, ‘Yeah.’ He said, ‘Her lung strength is triple what yours is right now after this test’.”

“It was literally over a year of going to the doctors every couple weeks, every month. It was them testing me and me failing miserably, and just going back home with I guess time eventually heals this and we’ll go from there.”

“Don’t get me wrong, the crazy part was some days I felt more or less fine. The only time I would notice it was if I worked out and really tried to push it. Then I could feel that I couldn’t get the air in like I used to. That was the frustrating part because I tried everything. What was causing me to have good days and bad days? Was it me working out too hard? Was it some sort of congestion or allergies? We still to this day have no idea. Sometimes it’s good and sometimes it’s bad, and no one can tell why.”

Mojo on why he feels there are less people watching wrestling now than in the past:

“You’ll see it all the time and you’ll see the big stars say this too. I think sometimes people get too carried away focusing on the wrestling and the spots and not the character development, and focusing on the mainstream markets,” he said.

“I think there’s a lot of things that WWE does to focus on these things that maybe the internet crowd doesn’t understand and they pretty much crap all over it from the start. That’s the glory of professional wrestling is you can have someone to fill every gap. You can have your mainstream guys, and you can have your guys for the internet crowd. I think it hasn’t been as diverse and wide-ranged to capture those markets.”

“You have all the big guys out there wanting to do these top rope high spots and pretty much work exactly like the small guys. Well now nothing is special for anybody and now we’re watching the same thing.”

“I like to pick the brains of people that don’t watch often like my buddies that would come just to see me work and have no idea what they were getting into. It’s like, ‘You see these big guys? They’re not acting like big guys. You see these small guys? They’re acting like big guys.” The story doesn’t translate to the transient fan. It just doesn’t make sense.”

“When you get these people, you may only have one shot at it. Someone may watch Total Divas or Miz & Mrs and they might say, ‘You know what? Let me give wrestling a shot again.’ We might only have a 10 second window to get them back. They see something that doesn’t make sense, and they’re like, ‘All right. I’ll wait another 10 years before I give this a shot again’.”

Other topics discussed during the interview include what he’s been up to since leaving WWE, starting the Paragon talent agency, and becoming a regular on TMZ.

If you use any portion of the quotes from this article please credit “The Sessions with Renée Paquette “ with a h/t to WrestlingNews.co for the transcription.


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