Kyle O'Reilly has revealed his sister was genuinely concerned for his wellbeing after an injury angle run on NXT spread rumours of legitimate concern on social media.
O'Reilly was attacked by Adam Cole on NXT in February with the former Undisputed Era leader dropping his old teammate with a Brainbuster on the steel steps. O'Reilly, who appeared to be unconscious, was loaded onto a stretcher and wheeled out of the arena after the show went off the air.
The former NXT Tag Team Champion had been attended to by visibly worried officials, with Triple H even coming down to ringside, while fans in the arena began posting images on videos on social media that suggested O'Reilly, a Type 1 Diabetic, had suffered a seizure.
It was confirmed quickly afterwards that O'Reilly's injuries were part of the developing storyline.
When asked if any of his family were worried something bad had really happened, O'Reilly told TV Insider: "My sister. That was the first thing she saw was this rumour on Twitter before I’d even had the chance to give her a call and let her know I was okay. She called me in hysterics freaking out.
"That made me sad because here is someone who is family who sees something on Twitter and was concerned. I knew [social media’s speculation] came from a caring and genuine place. They were concerned. I can’t fault anyone for that.
"It’s a testament to how things can take off. It was weird and also humbling to know so many people really cared and wanted the best for me coming out of the scenario. People were concerned and offered support, which was really cool to know so many people cared. It took off like wildfire."