Former WWE and WCW star Virgil is currently going through a health scare. He has taken to Twitter to give a sad update on his health.
The one-time Million Dollar Champion revealed that he recently suffered two “massive strokes”, and is currently unable to use one of his arms. On top of that sad news is doctors informing him that he’s fighting the early stages of dementia.
“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,” the former star writes. “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.”
Jones then lists off his mounting health trouble, noting that “I suffered 2 massive strokes” and sharing that he didn’t know until he had trouble moving one of his arms.
“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 effect me,” Virgil reveals. “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 [by].”
Virgil, whose real name is Mike Jones, made his pro wrestling debut in 1985. From ’87 until 1991, Virgil served as the bodyguard of the ‘Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase.
As Virgil, Jones would remain with WWF until August 1995. After that, he would turn up in WCW in ’96, now known as Vincent, and became the Head of Security for the nWo.
More recently, Jones made a couple of appearances for AEW during Chris Jericho’s run as the inaugural AEW World Champion.