While appearing on the Sarah O’Connell Show, Big E was asked about a potential return to the ring in WWE.
Big E has been on the sidelines after he suffered a neck injury when he landed on his head following a belly-to-belly suplex from Ridge Holland on an episode of WWE SmackDown in 2022.
“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. 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,” he said.
Big E, the popular WWE superstar, recently discussed the possibility of his return to the ring in an interview on the Sarah O’Connell Show. Big E has been out of action since 2022 when he suffered a neck injury during a match on WWE SmackDown.
During the interview, Big E expressed his gratitude for feeling good in his day-to-day life and mentioned that he doesn’t experience any restrictions. However, he revealed that he broke his C1 vertebra in two places, a type of injury often seen in diving accidents. He consulted with doctors, including one who performed surgery on Tyson Kidd for a severe neck injury, and they all advised him against returning to wrestling.
At 37 years old, Big E has had a long list of injuries throughout his career, many of which were sustained while playing football. He has torn both ACLs, broken his patella, torn his meniscus, pec, and suffered herniated discs in his back and neck. In addition to these injuries, he has now broken his neck in three places.
Despite his love for being in the ring and being an athlete, Big E is considering the long-term implications of his decision. He wants to ensure that he can live a good life beyond wrestling and avoid being trapped in a broken vessel as he ages. He emphasized the importance of making the right decision for himself and mentioned that no final decision has been made yet.
Fans of Big E and the WWE will undoubtedly be eagerly awaiting updates on his condition and potential return. The wrestler’s health and well-being should always be the top priority, and it is encouraging to see him taking the necessary time to evaluate his options.
In the meantime, Big E’s absence from the ring provides an opportunity for other wrestlers to step up and showcase their skills. It also serves as a reminder of the physical toll that professional wrestling can take on performers and the importance of prioritizing their long-term health.
Ultimately, Big E’s decision regarding his return to the WWE ring will be a personal one. Fans will continue to support him regardless of his choice, as they appreciate the dedication and passion he has brought to the sport throughout his career.