Big E's Broken Neck Is "Not Healing Optimally"

Former WWE Champion Big E shares a disappointing update on his broken neck.

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Big E's recovery from the fractured C1 vertebrae suffered while wrestling on the 11 March 2022 episode of WWE SmackDown isn't going as well as hoped.

The New Day man shared an update via Twitter earlier today, stating that his C1 "isn't healing optimally." E will now spend the next 4-6 weeks wearing a neck brace in the hope that he will be able to avoid fusion surgery:-

Big E was hurt during a match pitting himself and Kofi Kingston against Sheamus and Ridge Holland on the aforementioned SmackDown show. Taking a rough bump from a belly-to-belly suplex outside the ring, landing on his head, E was stretchered out of the building and taken to a hospital.

It was later revealed that the former WWE Champion had fractured both his C1 and C6 vertebrae. The 36-year-old has since been forthcoming in providing his fans with updates, including a video showing him back on his feet less than a week after the accident, though the severity of his injuries has never been underplayed.


Everybody at WhatCulture continues to wish Big E all the best in his recovery process.

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Andy has been with WhatCulture for six years and is currently WhatCulture's Senior Wrestling Reporter. A writer, presenter, and editor with 10+ years of experience in online media, he has been a sponge for all wrestling knowledge since playing an old Royal Rumble 1992 VHS to ruin in his childhood. Having previously worked for Bleacher Report, Andy specialises in short and long-form writing, video presenting, voiceover acting, and editing, all characterised by expert wrestling knowledge and commentary. Andy is as much a fan of 1985 Jim Crockett Promotions as he is present-day AEW and WWE - just don't make him choose between the two.