Big E has opened up about his in-ring future while he’s on the sidelines with a broken neck.
The injury happened on the March 11 episode of SmackDown waking an overhead belly-to-belly suplex at ringside from Ridge Holland. He landed on his neck and fractured his C1 vertebra and C6 vertebra.
As previously noted, Big E shared on Twitter earlier this month that his C1 vertebra still isn't forming bone quite yet and will wait to get more scans at the one-year mark to see how he is progressing. Surgery is off the table as an option, and doctors expect him to make a full recovery.
While speaking with TMZ Sports, he was asked if he'd be content if he were never able to wrestle again.
"Yeah, I think so because honestly, my philosophy as a human being is learning to be content with whatever life brings you. I'm so grateful not to be in a wheelchair, but if I was, I would have to adjust to life in a wheelchair. That's just how I am programmed because if I spend hours or days or weeks kind of mourning where I'm at in life, and life not being what I want it to be, that doesn't serve me….worrying about it [and] stressing about it only hurts me. It's not useful. I think I'll be at peace with whatever happens. Whether I can wrestle again, I'll be at peace with that. If I can't wrestle again, so be it. My limbs work. I get to do this [moves his fingers]. It could have been very different for me, and there's a lot of life to live regardless."
Big E will be helping out at the WWE talent tryout in Nashville during SummerSlam weekend later this month.
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