Mia Yim has been absent from WWE television ever since the RETRIBUTION stable broke up in March. Rumors have speculated that she had been moved to the SmackDown brand, but she has yet to make her debut. Since Yim has been missing on WWE programming, her fiance and fellow WWE Superstar Keith Lee was absent as well. He has since recently returned last month on RAW.
Lee went to YouTube to be very open and honest about what he has been going through for the first half of the year and has had Mia by his side.
He starts off the video as follows:
“So as some of you know, toward the end of January, I missed about three weeks on TV. That time I had contracted COVID,” Lee began. “And Actually, before I continue, let me go ahead and point out something because I did see some disturbing and just rude marks toward Mia Yim. Some stating that it was her fault that I was gone, and some stating that she gave me COVID and what have you and let me go ahead and clear that up right now, that needs to be clear. Were it not for her. I don’t know how things would have gone to be quite honest. I contracted COVID. She did not. Actually for like three weeks and the only reason that she did contract it was because she refused to not be there and take care of me and unfortunately, that ended up costing her an opportunity in the Royal Rumble. But that was a chance she was willing to take so you know, at the end of the day, I’m grateful to her and it’s unfortunate that some of you are ungrateful, because the reality is, there’s no telling how things would have gone without her assistance.” [h/t – Fightful]
Lee then continues and gets into the detail of what happened once he returned
“So after that, I came back for one match, against Mr. Riddle and I believe that was February 8. Then the next day, I got a call saying that there was something off in my blood. Some people may have experienced this thing where there’s an inflammation in the heart or lungs. For me, it was the heart that led to very scary times. I was basically forbidden from training or any activity outside of a light walk. So there was a fear that doing more than that, that there was a chance that I could just up and pass away.
So for three or four months, this was kind of the case and I have several MRIs on my heart. By the way, I don’t fit in those machines, it was terrible and my shoulders really struggled with that. But we had to do what we had to do, right? So this became a fight against death, so to speak. It took up until the company sent me to Pittsburgh to get looked at and it was to the point where I was about to have to undergo genetic testing and all sorts of things. Because it was thought that there was a potential [chance] I could have a heart disease of sorts. Very fortunately, even though it took a long time, and we waited that amount of time for that to allow the inflammation in my heart to eventually go down to normal. So even though the first MRI was bad, and then the second one was worse, over time. Things got better here and there and eventually, after that visit, I was cleared to try and get back into some sort of shape. That’s where the real struggle is.”
Lee concluded, “It took some time, and to be honest, it wasn’t even certain that I was going to show up in Dallas, in terms of on TV. So you know, for the people that cared. I greatly appreciate you. You guys made a lot more than you know some of you even more than that. Mr. Casey, you’re one of them for certain. At the end of the day, I don’t really know what’s next, right? I fought the battle that mattered the most and I’m healthy. That’s all I could really ask for. That’s all my family can ask for and now we fight to make the most of what we can do in this industry and just move forward. Now what I always say, “Forward march,” the grind continues. It’s forever. We fought death. So, I don’t mind fighting anybody else. So, we will move forward and guess we continue to show exactly what it means to be limitless. Till then, stay up people.”
The couple announced their engagement in February.
Diva Dirt is glad to hear that Keith is doing better and continues to get better. We send our thoughts and well wishes to both Keith and Mia and hopefully, when the time is right, we see Mia back soon.