Big E says that doctors have told him he will make a complete recovery from the broken neck that has left him on the injured list since March.
Back in March, Big E suffered a broken neck following a move that went wrong during an episode of SmackDown. In May, the former WWE Champion revealed that his neck wasn’t “healing optimally”. However, a few weeks later he shared a more positive update on social media, posting a video that showed him throwing his neck brace in the trash. Then, on July 4th, he confirmed that surgery was still off the table but his C1 vertebra was not yet forming bone.
In a new interview with ESPN, Big E said he was “grateful” that doctors has informed him he would make a full recovery. Shortly after the injury happened, doctors told him that it could have easily led to “a stroke, paralysis or death.”
“It’s very sobering to hear that…I think to be great at something like [pro wrestling], or at least to be competent, you can’t spend all your time worrying about possibly fatal injuries or breaking your neck. You have to go out there and be free and in the moment. I think a lot of us as performers don’t spend a lot of time thinking about that stuff. I never thought I would be.”
When it comes to how long the recovery process will take, ESPN stated the New Day star would need to wait some time for a clear answer.
“He told ESPN on Wednesday that his neck will be evaluated at the six- and nine-month marks but that doctors do not believe they will have a clear answer on how long he will be out of the ring until he gets checked one year after the injury, in March 2023.”
Big E also said that he holds no ill-will towards Ridge Holland for his role in the accident which led to the injury.
“I have no issue whatsoever with Ridge. He’s reached out and said some very kind things… What we do is dangerous, and there are inherent dangers. And to that degree, we all kind of know what we sign up for, and it was unfortunate that it went down that way. But I’m not dead. I’m alive. I’m doing well.”
H/T to ESPN for the above transcription.