Former WWE Champion Big E has not been seen on WWE television since he suffered a broken neck on the March 11, 2022 episode of SmackDown.
Big E fractured his C1 vertebrae and C6 vertebrae after a Belly to Belly Suplex from Ridge Holland on the outside of the ring.
With the injury now reaching the one year mark, E continued to note during his recovery that he would need to be evaluated for a potential return to the ring at the one year mark.
Recent reports have noted that WWE had potentially planned a WrestleMania appearance from Big E on the show, which may have since been scrapped due to Kofi Kingston’s injury.
Speaking on Busted Open Radio, Big E provided the latest update on his injury, noting that he still hasn’t had his one year check ups yet.
“Still haven’t gotten the one-year check ups yet. We’re actually going to do that when we get back home after WrestleMania. Early April, during that first week, we’ll get another set of scans.
“Right now, the issue was, the thought was after three months I should be ready, but because of the nature of my fracture, I broke my C1 in two places, and it’s a Jefferson fracture. Sometimes, unfortunately with that injury, thankfully there’s no displacement, so we didn’t need to have surgery and all the bones were still in place to hopefully heal together properly. It’s healing fibrously, meaning it’s connected enough that I can walk around and no one is concerned that I’m going to be in any pain or have any issues, but it’s not ossifying yet, it’s not turning completely into bone.
“To deal with the rigors of bumping and doing what we do on a nightly basis, you want to make sure your C1 is completely ossified, it’s all bone, and it’s in the best shape possible. The plan is to get more scans at the first week of April, have the doctors review them, and make a decision from there. Your C1 is an important bone and I want to make the best decision health-wise for myself. You don’t want to rush. I’ve been in rehab for nine months, working on strength and range of motion and all of that has been great. That’s where we’re at right now. We’ll get the scans and move on from there.”
Big E is helping out with the WWE NIL tryouts during WrestleMania weekend in Los Angeles, a role he has taken up during his time away from the ring.
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