Big E remains one of the most beloved Superstars in all of WWE, who is still absent because of a catastrophic neck injury. While he is still recovering, Big E made it clear there is still no timeline for an in-ring return, among other things.
Big E has been on the shelf since the March 11, 2022 episode of Friday Night SmackDown, where he suffered a broken neck. It has been almost two years since the injury and in the meantime, Big E has made numerous appearances on a variety of shows.
While speaking on the Sarah O’Connell Show, Big E discussed the possibility of a return to the ring. He emphasized the importance of making the right decision, considering his broken neck (C1 fracture) sustained in two places. Despite feeling good in his day-to-day life, he revealed conversations with doctors, including one who performed surgery on Tyson Kidd for a severe neck injury, all advising against his return to wrestling.
”It’s one of those things where I just want to make the right decision. I’m so thankful that I feel so good. In my day-to-day life, I have no restrictions. In my day-to-day life, I don’t even feel like someone who had a broken neck, but I broke my C1 in two places, and it’s something you often see in diving accidents, when people are diving into shallow pools or surfaces with no water, and they end up coming down on their head. Oftentimes, that is fatal for so many people. I talked to a few doctors, one who did the surgery for Tyson Kidd, who had a very severe neck injury. I also talked to the doctor they sent me to at USF. Both doctors were like, ‘Hey, please don’t wrestle.’ Almost begging. So it’s just one of those things where I’m 37 now, I started wrestling when I was 23.”
At 37, he reflected on the numerous injuries from football and wrestling and contemplated the impact on his future life. No final decision has been made, but he expressed gratitude for health and a good place in life, aiming to make the best decision for himself.
”I think about the long list of injuries that I’ve had, most of them from playing football. I’ve torn my left ACL, I’ve torn my right ACL, broken my right patella, torn my right patella, tore my left meniscus, tore my left pec, herniated disc in my back, a herniated disc in my neck, and broken my neck in three places. I’ve done a lot to my body over the years. It’s something that I’ve really loved. I’ve loved being in the ring, I’ve loved being an athlete.”
”But at 37 now, I also think about what life is going to look like in 10 years, what life is going to look like at 50, at 60. I want to live a good life. I don’t want to be trapped in a broken vessel. So for me, it’s just making the right decision. No door has been permanently closed or permanently opened or any of those things. No decision has really officially been made yet. But we’ll see. I’m really thankful for health, for life, for being in such a good place, and I just want to make the best decision for myself, so we’ll see.”
Big E has a lot of things going on in his life and that is all that matters to him right now. Even if his time in the ring is over, fans will always appreciate what he has managed to accomplish in his career.
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