Former WWE Champion, Big E, recently shared a significant update regarding his health and a potential return to the ring, subtly hinting at retirement if circumstances didn’t align in his favor. The 37-year-old powerhouse has been absent from in-ring action for over a year due to a severe neck injury sustained during a Friday Night SmackDown episode in March 2022, courtesy of Ridge Holland.
This injury resulted in fractures to his C1 and C6 vertebrae, though he fortunately escaped any ligament or spinal cord damage. In a candid interview on Busted Open Radio, Big E was probed about a potential return timeline, to which he responded with a heartfelt acknowledgment of his uncertainty.
“I wish I had more information for you. Right now, there is really no timeline. I’ve been to a few different doctors who have looked over my scans,” he revealed.
Will Big E ever return to WWE?
Big E, who is currently 37 years old, also discussed his past ACL injuries and how life has a tendency of changing one’s viewpoint. His priorities have shifted from wrestling to other pursuits, and he hinted that retirement may be imminent as he looks for the best course for his long-term health and wellbeing.
“I’m 37 now, and you see life differently, and you have other things to think about. I’m trying to make the best decision for myself and my health moving forward,” he added.
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In a separate revelation, Big E shared a noteworthy anecdote about AEW star Paul Wight (formerly known as Big Show) advising Kofi Kingston to part ways with The New Day faction back in 2014. The New Day team would go on to achieve enormous success in spite of early doubts, taking home 12 Tag Team Championships and hosting two world champions.
While the wrestling community awaits more details on Big E’s recuperation, they also realise that, should the stars not align in his favour, retirement may be a real possibility.