Although there has been no confirmation if or when Big E will return to the ring, it appears that WWE is now working on plans for a comeback.
On the April 21st edition of SmackDown, New Day star Xavier Woods challenged Gunther for the Intercontinental Title. It was Woods’ first-ever shot at the gold and carried by a wave of support from the SmackDown crowd he pushed the dominant champion all of the way before eventually being defeated.
The victory means that Gunther is now closing in on 320 days as champion, and remains undefeated in singles action since arriving on the main roster a year ago.
As another challenger falls by the wayside, this has led many fans to question who will eventually be the person to defeat the long-reigning champion. Interestingly, it seems that he might face another challenge from a different New Day star.
WRKD Wrestling has reported that one “long-term backstage pitch” will see Xavier Woods, Big E, and Kofi Kingston reunite to take on Imperium. While the centrepiece of the storyline will be a rivalry between Gunther and Big E.
Not only is this the first time that a new pitch involving Big E has come to light since his injury, but it also appears to confirm that WWE expects him to return to the ring.
It should also be noted that Kofi Kingston is also missing through injury, and there has been no timeframe given for his return.
“Despite a loss to Gunther on #Smackdown, one long term backstage pitch has seen Xavier Woods and a fully healed Big E and Kofi Kingston feuding with Imperium once the New Day are ready to return. The centerpiece for the feud would be Big E facing Gunther.”
Big E To Meet With Doctors Following Latest Scans
Speaking in a recent interview, Big E revealed that he has not undergone a series of important scans a year after suffering a broken neck. It is believed that the results of these scans will determine whether the former World Champion will wrestle again.
The star gave little away regarding his future but confirmed he will be meeting with doctors to determine his next steps.