Former WWE and NFL doctor addresses Big E’s neck injury

As previously noted, Big E announced that he suffered a broken neck during the March 11th 2022 edition of WWE Smackdown.

In an article on, former WWE and NFL doctor David Chao wrote about the severity of Big E’s neck injury…

“Axial load injuries are dangerous and it seems Ewan escaped disaster. He was able to move all extremities and reportedly has strength. He later indicated he suffered two different fractures in the neck at C1 and C6.

The C1 fracture is most dangerous as the top cervical vertebrae is a ring and is commonly associated with immediate death or complete paralysis. Thankfully the fracture was not displaced and he will not need surgery. However, this type of fracture often heals incompletely and it may mean the end of his wrestling career.”

“The C6 fracture is likely a compression injury to the vertebral body. This likely requires immobilization but not surgery. One would anticipate a minimum of three-month recovery with return to full function and activities for this lower cervical injury.”

Dr. David Chao: WWE Wrestler ‘Big E’ Breaks Neck, But He’s Quite Lucky

In Friday’s WWE Smackdown, recent champion “Big E” suffered a cervical fracture and was lucky to avoid tragedy. The wrestling matches may be scripted but the injuries are real. The incident was shown live on national TV but the medical attention he received was not since it was unplanned.