WWE Star Big E suffers broken neck on ‘Smackdown’


WWE Superstar Big E broke his neck during Friday night’s episode of “Smackdown” in Birmingham, Alabama.

Big E, real name Ettore Ewen, was in the middle of a tag team match against Sheamus and Ridge Holland when he suffered the devastating injury. The 36-year-old wrestler landed on his neck outside the ring during Holland’s botched overhead suplex maneuver.

TV cameras captured the frightening scene. Big E’s “New Day” tag team partner Kofi Kingston continued the match while WWE medical staff tended to the injured Superstar.

The former WWE Champion gave the crowd a thumbs up just as he was transported backstage on a stretcher during a commercial break. Big E, who has been with WWE since 2009, reassured worried fans in a message that he was “fine” while wearing a neck brace.

“I can’t thank all of you beautiful people enough for all of your causes and your messages,” said Big E. “It’s very heartwarming. I can move all my fingers. Do you see that? That is beautiful. That’s always a good thing.”

“Strength feels good but unfortunately they tell me my neck is broken so that’s how it is. I’ll be fine. i will be good Do not worry. Go to bed. Do not worry about me. But seriously, thank you. I appreciate you all.”

WWE Superstars addressed Big E’s brutal injury on Twitter and wished the WWE mainstay a speedy recovery.

“One of the best people in the world,” current RAW Champion Becky Lynch called. “I hope you kept it a secret that you have wolverine-like healing powers. Thinking of you. I love you, E.”

“Sending you so much love and light E!! Heal well my friend” said WWE Hall of Famer Nikki Bella.

Wrestlemania 38, WWE’s biggest pay-per-view event of the year, is scheduled to take place over a two-day period April 2-3. Big E, an 11-time WWE Tag Team Champion, was not on the card Friday night. WWE Star Big E suffers broken neck on ‘Smackdown’


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