Former WWE Champion Big E suffered a serious neck injury in March 2022 and has since provided updates on his recovery.

During a recent appearance on the Battleground podcast, he revealed that he underwent scans on his neck earlier this month. Although he hasn’t discussed the next steps with his doctors, he mentioned that the injury was a complicated fracture in which his C1 bone was broken in two places, a Jefferson fracture.

It’s just a complicated fracture. I broke my C1 in two places so that Jefferson fracture, is what it’s called, it just takes a little bit more time to heal. So, we just did the one years scans after WrestleMania, it was a little bit later because of WrestleMania. We have to sit down with the doctors at some point and kind of figure out what the next step is but from my perspective, I feel great, I have no function issues, no pain issues, I’ve been at the gym since two weeks after I broke my neck. I’m just feeling great and I’m really grateful for all that. It’s just, obviously, your neck has to be in a certain condition to deal with the rigors of being in the ring on a nightly basis.

Recovery time for C1 injuries can be lengthy and challenging, and athletes like Big E must undergo a rigorous rehabilitation process to regain their strength, range of motion, and flexibility.


The C1 bone, also known as the atlas, is a crucial bone located at the top of the spine. It supports the skull and allows for movement of the head. Injuries to the C1 bone can be severe and potentially life-threatening. Recovery time for C1 injuries varies depending on the severity of the fracture and the individual’s healing process.

For Big E, who relies on his physical abilities to perform in the ring, the recovery process can be challenging and lengthy. It may take several months or even up to a year for the bone to heal completely.

During his appearance on Busted Open Radio last month, he mentioned that his neck injury has been healing fibrously rather than ossifying. He wants to make sure that his C1 bone is completely ossified before continuing his wrestling career.

Obviously, your C1 is a very important bone and I want to make the best decision healthwise for myself. It’s one of those things you just don’t want to rush. I’ve been in rehab right now for about nine months working on strength and range of motion and all of that stuff has been great.

Despite breaking his neck, Big E has been working out at the gym two weeks after the incident. However, he acknowledged that his neck must be in good condition to cope with the rigors of being in the ring every night. He has been in rehab for nine months, focusing on strength and range of motion, which have been great.

Big E’s injury occurred on March 11, 2022, during the SmackDown show. He landed on his head after receiving an overhead suplex from Ridge Holland on the outside of the ring. Since then, he has been providing regular updates on his condition, and although the recovery time for his injury remains unclear, it is evident that he is taking the necessary steps to ensure his complete recovery.

What are your thoughts on Big E’s injury and recovery process? Do you think he should take the necessary time to fully recover before returning to the ring, or do you want to see him back in action as soon as possible? Leave a comment below.

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