Former WWE champion Big E has been out of in-ring action since the March 11th episode of SmackDown which saw Holland delivering an overhead belly-to-belly suplex at ringside, resulting in Big E landing on the top of his head; Big E was later placed on a stretcher and taken to a hospital.
On social media, Big E stated that he has a broken neck, and fractures in his C1 vertebrae and C6 vertebrae, but no ligament or spinal cord injuries. Big E also said that he would not require surgery for his injury, and thanked people for their concern.
Big E told TMZ Sports that he's doing really well and is able to live his life pretty normally.
“I’m doing really well," Big E said. "I can live my life pretty normally. But [my neck is] not in a position where I should be ramming my head against other things, immovable objects right now. So wrestling doesn't make sense right now. So I have to wait for that to ossify, to form bone, and to heal. But man, I feel great. I don't have any nerve issues. Don't have any weakness. Don't have any atrophy. I got real lucky cause it really could've been a lot worse."
When asked if he thinks he'll be able to get back into the ring, Big E said they're taking a wait-and-see approach.
"It seems like it's one of those wait-and-see things. It's one of those things where -- initially when I talked to Dr. [Joseph] Maroon, who's been great, really great, in Pittsburgh, and he suggested, 'Hey, let's look at this thing in a year.' And that's after looking at my last set of scans. So I really can't say. I don't know whether I'll be back in March and 100 percent or if they'll look at it and say, 'Hey, maybe you should be doing something else with your life.' For me right now, March of next year is very far off. So I don’t want to spend a lot of time worrying or stressing about that. I’m just kind of living my life," Big E said.
"I’ve been with this company for 13 years. That means a lot of Saturdays and Sundays in Poughkeepsie and Kalamazoo and the most random towns. But now I get to live my life a little bit and see some friends and I’m enjoying just being human.”
TMZ Sports asked Big E if he'd be content if he were never able to wrestle again.
"Yeah, I think so. Honestly, my philosophy as a human being is learning to be content with whatever life brings you. I'm so grateful to not be in a wheelchair, but if I was, I would have to adjust to life in a wheelchair. That's just how I am programmed. If I spend hours or days or weeks kind of mourning where I'm at in life, and life not being what I want it to be, that doesn't serve me," Big E said.
"Worrying about it [and] stressing about it only hurts me. It's not useful. I think I'll be at peace with whatever happens. Whether I can wrestle again, I'll be at peace with that. If I can't wrestle again, so be it. My limbs work. I get to do this [moves fingers]. It could have been very different for me. There's a lot of life to live regardless."
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