Big E hasn’t been seen inside a WWE ring since suffering a broken neck back in March of 2022.
During a match with the Brawling Brutes, the former WWE Champion took an Overhead Belly-to-Belly Suplex outside the ring and landed high on his neck instead of his back. It was quickly confirmed that the star had broken his neck, although he had avoided damaging his spinal cord and would not require surgery.
The star confirmed that he recently underwent his one-year scans that were slightly delayed due to his attendance at WrestleMania 39. He is awaiting more appointments to discuss next steps with his physician, but in good news, says that he has full functionality and is not in any pain as he waits for his injury to heal properly.
While the star might not be close to an in-ring return, he’ll be entertaining audiences in a different capacity as he recently signed with the USFL to serve as emcee at Michigan Panthers home football games inside Ford Field, which will also be home to the 2023 edition of SummerSlam.
Speaking to The Detroit News, Big E expressed excitement over the new role, praising Detroit’s fans.
“I am excited to join forces with the USFL and the Panthers as the team returns to Michigan. Detroit has some of the best fans in the world and I look forward to connecting with them at Ford Field.”
USFL Executive Nancy McDonald Has High Praise For Big E
Speaking about the upcoming season, USFL Vice President of Marketing Nancy McDonald had high praise for the New Day member, celebrating his charisma and energy ahead of his debut as emcee on April 30th.
“Big E has built his WWE reputation on his outstanding talent and his fabulous personality. Big E will be on screen frequently, where his positive, engaging and outgoing charisma will shine through for fans in the stands and at home.
“We couldn’t think of a better emcee for the Panthers’ exciting return to Detroit.”
The Panthers opened their season with a victory on April 16th, defeating the Houston Gamblers in Memphis, TN. They are set to take on the Philadelphia Stars in Canton, OH on the 23rd, and their first home game of the season will take place against the New Jersey Generals inside Ford Field on April 30th.