WWE announcer Kayla Braxton reveals her medical condition

WWE SmackDown backstage announcer Kayla Braxton has revealed a recurring illness that has affected her since childhood.

Braxton joined the company in 2016 and debuted as a ring announcer for NXT. She appeared at her first premium live event at Backlash 2017. The 31-year-old left NXT in 2019 and currently hosts WWE’s The Bump and acts as a backstage interviewer for the blue brand.

Kayla took to Twitter this morning to reveal that she has suffered from sleep paralysis since she was a child. The condition is defined as the temporary inability to move or sleep while falling asleep or upon waking. The SmackDown announcer described a scary incident she experienced last night due to her condition:

“I’ve been sleep paralyzed since I was a child. Last night a little girl ran past me before dropping onto my bed. She just stared at me. I could hear her footsteps and feel her move. It was so real. But I couldn’t move or speak until I forced myself to sit up – then she was gone.”

I have had sleep paralysis since I was a child. Last night a little girl ran past me before dropping onto my bed. She just looked at me. I could hear her footsteps and feel her move. It was so real. But I couldn’t move or speak until I forced myself to sit up – then she was gone.

WWE Univere reacts to Kayla’s condition

The wrestling world reacted to Kayla’s experience with sleep paralysis and many linked the incident to their own experiences. A fan said he used to get it all the time, but it had been years since he had an episode.

@KaylaBraxtonWWE Ugh I’m sorry you’re going through this. It’s horrible, I had it all the time. Usually this involves someone breaking into my house or someone sitting on top of me. And if I got it once, I’d get it multiple times that night. Luckily, it’s been years since I’ve had an episode.

Another member of the WWE Universe claimed to have seen an old lady staring at them during an episode of sleep paralysis. The wrestling fan noted that they fell asleep during Dora the Explorer and all they could hear was the character Dora asking them questions.

@KaylaBraxtonWWE The first time I got it was in college. I woke up an hour before I had to go to school. It was just an old lady watching me but the worst part was I fell asleep watching nickelodeon so during that crazy event all I could hear was Dora the Explorer asked me stuff.

One Twitter user joked that at least she would have some great stories to tell around the campfire in the future.

@KaylaBraxtonWWE As far as I can remember, it freaks me out. Children, animals, longtime loved ones, demons and angels came to me at night. Good thing about that: I had great sources for the campfire and ghost stories.

WWE has been through a ton of changes behind the scenes lately and the reaction has been mostly positive. Kayla Braxton has opened up on her thoughts on the behind-the-scenes changes at the company and you can check it out here.

Have you ever suffered from sleep paralysis? Let us know in the comments section below.


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