Former WWE champion Big E posted some not so good news on his Twitter, saying that his C1 vertebra is not healing as it was hoped.
“My C1 apparently isn’t healing optimally. I’ll spend another 4-6 weeks in a brace in hopes that I can avoid a fusion,” E posted, saying that he’s got a tremendous support system and “what shall be shall be.”
Big E suffered a broken neck on the March 11 episode of Smackdown during a tag team match with Kofi Kingston against Sheamus and Ridge Holland. E was on the receiving end of a belly-to-belly suplex at ringside from Holland and unfortunately landed on his head.
While no surgery was required, it was determined that both his C1 and C6 vertebrae were fractured, although not displaced, and there was no spinal cord damage either. The C1 vertebra controls the movement of the neck and supports the weight of the skull at the tip of the spine while the C6 controls wrist extensor muscles, biceps and and other muscles in the upper arm.
The initial diagnosis was that he had to spend 12 weeks with a neck brace in hopes of things healing naturally but undergoing major neck fusion surgery will obviously mean a longer road of recovery for The New Day member.