Big E was in good spirits, as usual, as he took to social media to update fans on his condition.
WWE superstar Big E has provided a further update on his status, having left hospital following a worrying injury. The former WWE Champion suffered a broken neck on last Friday’s episode of SmackDown, landing poorly off of a belly-to-belly Suplex from Ridge Holland outside the ring during a match between New Day, Holland, and Sheamus.
Big E landed directly on his head and was unable to continue fighting. The cameras panned off the 36-year-old, but subsequent reports claimed he was stretchered out of the arena.
Big E would reach out to fans via Twitter, posting a video in which he claimed to be alright. He later revealed he wouldn’t require surgery despite his neck being broken but also that his C1 and C6 vertebrae are fractured.
Former NFL team doctor David Chao reckons E is lucky to be alive and has cast doubt on a return to wrestling for the former champ.
“The C1 fracture is most dangerous as the top cervical vertebrae is a ring and is commonly associated with immediate death or complete paralysis. Thankfully the fracture was not displaced and he will not need surgery. However, this type of fracture often heals incompletely and it may mean the end of his wrestling career,” Chao wrote for Outkick.
“The C6 fracture is likely a compression injury to the vertebral body. This likely requires immobilization but not surgery. One would anticipate a minimum of three-month recovery with return to full function and activities for this lower cervical injury.”
Big E was back on Twitter on Thursday afternoon, this time walking around his neighborhood in some fine weather.
He wore a neck brace and was in good spirits, as has been the case throughout the whole ordeal.
“Life is good,” he said. “I got breath in my lungs, it’s a beautiful day. My neck might be broken, but my heart, it’s still in there, I think, yeah it’s in there.”
As noted above, E won’t be needing surgery. According to Chao, he could be back to his old self in three months, though he might not be able to wrestle again, at least not anytime soon.