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AEW's The Blade dealing with depression, anxiety issues

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In an Instagram post Tuesday, AEW wrestler The Blade revealed he is dealing with anxiety, depression and confidence issues. 

Blade (Jesse Guilmette) hasn't appeared for the company since October 6th when he was part of a Dark: Elevation taping prior to that night's Dynamite.

In his statement, seen below, he said he noticed an "extreme spike" of those emotions during the pandemic and had another spike recently which forced him to talk to executives at AEW, admitting that "getting the courage to speak up to them was more difficult than it sounds..."

Blade and tag team partner The Butcher (Andy Williams) have been a fixture in AEW since December 2019. Butcher returned to singles action on the last set of AEW Dark tapings in Orlando, Florida. Blade has been married to AEW's The Bunny (Laura Dennis) since September 2013.

"It feels good to tell you this and to take off my mask. It helps to talk about my struggles instead of holding them inside, and I’m feeling more confident and comfortable around people. Thank you for listening. I’m sorry if I’ve been distant lately. I love you and I can’t wait to see you soon," he wrote.

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