An unfortunate conclusion to the situation involving the career of former WWE Champion Big E, who’s neck was broken after landing awkwardly from a belly-to-belly suplex in March of 2022. Specialist Doctors have advised the beloved WWE Superstar to retire from in-ring competition.
Speaking at a media scrum ahead of the SummerSlam Premium Live Event in Detroit, Michigan, Big E discussed receiving the news from specialists and noted that his own concerns of the injury worsening have contributed to him being undecided if returning to the ring would be the right move:
We did the year checkup, and all that stuff looks great, as well. But on the other side, you know, I also talked to spine specialists, some who’ve worked on people in the company and done their fusions, and they said like, ‘Hey, I would not wrestle again if I were you.’ So, for me, at 37, these are things that I think about, I think about quality of life. When I started this job at 23 years old, and probably had a bit of a death wish and was okay dying in the ring; I now, at 37, would like to not die in the ring; I would like to do other things with my life.Big E, SummerSlam Media Scrum, 4/8/23.
So, I don’t really have a timeline right now; I’m just really grateful not to have any nerve pain. My strength is great, legit, no issues whatsoever. So, it’s just something I want to be smart about and make the very best decision for my life. Because, you know, hopefully, I’d like to have a lot of life, a lot of healthy life ahead of me. So, I just want to be smart about the decision. Unfortunately, right now, I have no answers. I feel great.Big E, SummerSlam Media Scrum 4/8/23
The transcription of this media scrum and subsequent questions and answers has been provided by Haus of Wrestling at hausofwrestling.com.