Fortunately, Big E is not paralyzed. Look up Stone Cold Steve Austin, Hiromu Takahashi, Hayabusa, Nikki Bella, Sabu, Hardcore Holly, Paige and Edge. All professional wrestlers have suffered major neck injuries and their careers and lives have changed because of it. The former WWE champion and New Day member is one of the company’s most popular stars and has enjoyed a nearly decade-long streak that ended Friday night. He broke his neck from a dangerous and careless grappling move.
Somehow, Big E, whose real name is Ettore Ewen, doesn’t seem to have sacrificed his career. He tweeted the video from his hospital bed, apparently wearing a large neck brace. Big E said late Friday night he could feel all of his limbs but self-reported a diagnosis of a broken neck. Another video posted by Ewen on Saturday morning went into more detail. His C1 and C6 vertebrae were fractured, not displaced. Fortunately, he has no spinal cord injury, does not damage ligaments, and does not require surgery. No timetable has been given for a return to the ring. Professional wrestlers who had previously suffered similar injuries spent several months recovering before re-lacing their shoes.
Terrible trauma occurred during a live episode of Smash down! where Big E was wrestling in a team match with his stablemate Kofi Kingston against Sheamus and Ridge Holland. After the melee spilled outside the ring to the thin cushioning of the ring, the 6-foot-1,250-pound Dutch attempted a belly-butt with the 5-foot-11, 285-pound Big. E. Throwing in the traditional Olympic style makes wrestlers move to go from your feet, flip over your head and land on your back. The 36-year-old Big E never made a full spin, which ended horribly.
Big E landed on top of his head and lay motionless on the mattress before the cameras returned to the ring, where the bout quickly ended. Big E was not seen again on the show. WWE commentators Michael Cole and Pat McAfee, standing just a foot away from Big E, looking distraught over his condition, mentioned several times before the end of the segment watching his injury how serious. Before leaving, Cole said that Big E was being cared for by my paramedics. He was tied to a stretcher before being taken out of the arena and to a local hospital. On his way out of his sight, Big E gave a thumbs up in front of the Birmingham, Ala., crowd.
Not surprisingly, like his wrestling character, Big E is as optimistic as possible a few hours later. Many reports said that one of the wrestlers who visited him in the hospital was Dutch.
“In fact, it means a lot to me that so many of you have been so kind and reached out, stopped to see me, texted me,” Ewen said in the video posted online. society. “I feel like a broken record, but I’m grateful and I’ll be fine. That’s a lucky thing. ”
There’s a reason WWE puts out some sort of “don’t try this at home” message in every show. Professional wrestling is a Phenomenal art form, where painful manipulations look real but are staged. Holland and Big E know the events that are expected to happen and strive to provide the best entertainment possible for the live crowds and national television audiences watching on Fox. It’s hard to blame any individual in this situation, but if Holland isn’t confident he can make the exact move for Big E, why even try? It’s just another man’s livelihood at stake.
It was a horrifying look for Holland, who had a history of siege safety. In the match in August 2020 against Johnny Gargano in NXT, Holland made a move where he let his competitor fall on his head. In magical fashion, Gargano didn’t miss any ringing time, competing at a pay-per-view company three days after the match was televised. Holland has only been a professional wrestler since 2016 and signed with WWE in 2018. After Friday’s incident, it became clear that some parts of his practice were missed, or bad. rather, he is extremely reckless in the ring.