WWE wresting star "Big E"
WWE wresting star "Big E" Getty Images | AaronP/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images


  • Big E remains in high spirits despite being nearly a year removed from the accident that put him on the shelf
  • He reveals that he is still quite a ways away from returning, though the signs are promising
  • Fans continue to be hopeful that a Big E return is on the horizon

Former WWE Champion Big E has been riding the bench for the better part of 2022 after breaking his neck in a freak incident on the March 11 episode of SmackDown when he landed on the top of his head after taking an overhead belly-to-belly suplex, fracturing his C1 and C6 vertebra.

Fans had been worried sick about Big E's status from that point on, but the ever-energetic pro wrestling star has kept them in the loop on his recovery via his social media.

Speaking with These Urban Times, he noted that he is not in a rush to return to the squared circle because of the implications it could have on his future.

"I have to get some more scans at the one-year mark in March and we'll see how everything is looking. We'll see from there. My C1 is broken in two spots, so we obviously have to be very smart about that," Big E said.

"I was very fortunate. I want to make sure I'm making the best decision for myself. We'll see in March. I feel great, I'm really thankful for that. I don't have any nerve issues, no strength issues, no impairment whatsoever."

His WWE main roster career began in the early 2010s when he served as an enforcer-type character for Dolph Ziggler which included a short run with the World Heavyweight Championship for the latter.

His biggest break though would be when he was paired up with Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods to form The New Day–a group that was originally supposed to be gospel preacher-like characters, but fans were not into it from day one.

However, their heel turn in late 2015 turned their most vocal detractors into fans as they entered their "Power of Positivity" phase, which was a massive hit and established them as one of the most must-watch factions in the current generation.

It was evident that the trio had curried favor from the powers that be as their promos felt real from that point on and their constant pop culture references, like the time they wore Dragon Ball Z-inspired armor at WrestleMania 32, continued to bring in fans.

But for Big E (real name: Ettore Ewen), he soon became a breakout star apart from the New Day and went on to go on a singles run during the Thunderdome era at the height of the global pandemic.

He never let go of his connection with the group as they still casually mentioned each other on programming, with Big E showing support for Woods and Kingston's tag team which the pair reciprocated.

The pop for his return, whenever it may be, is going to be enormous and pro wrestling fans will surely remain hopeful of it happening.

Big E
The New Day celebrate Big E's title win on the September 13, 2020 episode of Raw. WWE