Raquel Rodriguez tells of flare-up of mast cell activation syndrome on trip to Australia for Elimination Chamber

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Raquel Rodriguez has spoken out about traveling to Australia and competing in the women’s Elimination Chamber match despite a flare-up of mast cell activation syndrome.

Rodriguez, real name Victoria González, revealed in January that she had been diagnosed with the condition, which can cause hives and swelling, among other symptoms.

After taking a couple of months off, she returned to active competition on Monday’s episode of Raw, winning the final women’s Elimination Chamber match spot.

After Saturday’s PLE, she took to Instagram to explain that she had experienced symptoms of MCAS during her flight to Australia and said that the makeup she wore on Raw might have aggravated the condition. She included photographs showing symptoms.

She added she was proud of performing “Alicia Keys style” (without makeup) and that she would still have made the trip if she had known the symptoms would have appeared.

In full, she stated:

If you had told me that on the long flight to Perth Australia for the first time it was gonna blow my face up and turn me the same color as my pink satin pillow case (might have been the makeup on Monday too) I would have still jumped on that flight!

Maybe my trip didn’t go as planned but I’m still learning this new body of mine.

A big part of being a female Wrestler for WWE is getting to sit in that makeup chair with our amazing makeup team who I love so much and getting to get dolled up. It’s part of being a girl. It’s part of feeling fully the part.

At the end of the night, I’m proud I went out there Alicia Keys style. Even if this trip didn’t go as planned I am still grateful that I was blessed to be in Elimination Chamber in Perth Australia with 5 other talented women!

And I got to hug a koala bear so it was a win for me. Thank you so much to the lovely Vanessa of @lymphaticmassageperth for seeing me last minute 3 times to help me feel my best for the chamber. Your grace, kindness and knowledge was a Godsend.

Thank you to @westozwildlife for the hugs and animal love! A big thank you to the entire WWE medical team! And so much love to my family & friends for the late and early phone calls, prayers and constantly checking on me.  Los amo! On to a long flight home.


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