• Chris Jericho Donates Money To Help Virgil (Details)
Last month, Old School WWF Veteran Virgil shared the following news about his health:
“Dearest a Meatsauce Mafia. I am grateful that I can communicate something that has happened to me. Unfortunately I have some really hard news to share.
If you were wondering why I haven’t been so engaged over the last few weeks it’s because I was given bad news.
Since Mania weekend (of all weekends) I was not feeling so great. Something wasn’t right. My head, my arm and my heart. When I came back from Dallas I ended up going to the Doctor and they discovered a whole bunch of issues.
For starters – without me knowing, over the past few months the Doctor had identified that I suffered 2 massive strokes. Like I didn’t even have a clue till I started not working with 1 of my arms. It’s basically not able to do anything. This was the decent news.
The worse news is that I have been told that I am fighting with an early stage of dementia. The years of taking the big main event bump every night (that nobody else wanted to take) had started to affect me.
I’m nervous I’m scared & God knows I can’t afford 2 get through this & even make a living. It’s really sad as all I want to do is have fun & do what I always do. Survive. What am I asking for? Well 4 starters, my roommate and team have helped me with this page to help me get buy.
I’ll also sell autographs, video shoutouts or even if you could download my $2 video game (ON BOTH IOS AND ANDROID JUST LOOK UP MEATSAUCE MADNESS). It means EVERYTHING. I am asking you to send this out to all your friends, family or anyone that you ever thought loved Wrestling.
It all helps. I ain’t looking for sympathy. I am looking for the love I have Poured into this business to hopefully carry me through this sh*tty time. I did my time. I took my lumps. Now I am just trying to survive. Hope this makes sense. Love you all.”
In an update, Virgil has revealed that he’s also dealing with colon cancer. Below is what he tweeted:
“It’s really sh*tty right now. To make things worse I now have stage 2 colon cancer. I am a fighter but need your help. I cannot afford any of the medical bills and would love your support.”
It’s really shitty right now. Too make things worse I know have stage 2 colon cancer. I am a fighter but need your help. I cannot afford any of the medical bills and would love your support. https://t.co/PG7VkpQWxP love you guys pic.twitter.com/6EF1YzT7Ai
— Virgil (@TheRealVirgil) May 14, 2022
Below is what the description of Virgil’s PayPal page reads, where he blamed WWE for his health issues:
“I have two tests one in March 17th and March 25th. As I have posted, I have had MRI and others procedure. I have spent close to $5721 on these the next two comes close to $3400. I would be more than glad to sign, do a cameo video and much more.
I receive NO help from WWE who, based on all the chairshots, blows caused this. To those that have helped I am truly thankful and blessed.
So you understand my situation better I get $862 a month social security, a friend allows me to stay for $200 at a place he has. With Food and utilities and doctor visits pretty much puts me in hole. I have had to do few signings to help but been hard. This is Not a Gimmick nor a stunt, this is real and it is hard to have to ask for help.
Thank you to all of you.”
Chris Jericho, who has donated money multiple times to help fellow wrestlers in the past, donated $1,500 to help Virgil.
As of this writing, $10,500 have been raised, with the goal being $20,000.
• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (May 17, 2021) – Old School NWA Veteran Passed Away
On this day in 2021, we lost National Wrestling Alliance Veteran Don Kernodle at the age of 71 due to suicide.
Most early 80s Wrestling fans remember the former multiple time Tag Team Champion as a member of the ‘Cobra Corps’ faction, alongside Pvt. Jim Nelson (later known as Boris Zhukov) & Sgt. Slaughter.
However, not many fans remember that he also had a brief stint with the World Wrestling Federation in 1982 & 1983, before returning to Jim Crockett Promotions.
† REST IN PEACE DON KERNODLE
May 2, 1950 – May 17, 2021