Big unsure if he’ll wrestle again after breaking his neck in March…and that’s just fine with the WWE Superstar, who tells us he’s “at peace” with the way his 13-year career has gone took place.
The 36-year-old 8x Tag Team Champion (WWE Champion and 2x Intercontinental Champion as well) joined the TMZ Sports TV show (aired weeknights on FS1) … where Mojo and Babcock asked the wrestler for an update on his health.
“I’m doing great,” E said.
“I can live my life quite normally. But [my necks] not in a position where I would have to bang my head against other things, stationary objects. So the fight doesn’t make sense right now.”
And, E says things could have turned out much differently.
“I feel fine. I don’t have any nerve problems, I don’t have any weakness, I don’t have any atrophy. I was very lucky because it could have been a lot worse.”
E broke his neck in march when Holland Ridge attempted a belly-to-belly suplex. It wasn’t just his career that was in doubt… it was feared that the injury would seriously alter E’s life.
Months later, the former champion tells us doctors are taking a “wait-and-see approach” with his recovery and will reassess his progress after the first anniversary of the injury. That means nearly 300-pound fans shouldn’t expect to see him compete in a WWE ring anytime soon.
“For me right now, March of next year is very far away. So, I don’t want to spend a lot of time worrying or stressing about it. I’m just living my life,” E said.
“I’ve been in this business for 13 years. That means a lot of Saturdays and Sundays in Poughkeepsie and Kalamazoo and most random towns. But, now I get to live my life a bit and see friends and I enjoy just being human.
We asked E if he’d be happy if he could never wrestle again…and ultimately, he thinks the answer is yes.
“Yeah, I think so. Honestly, my philosophy as a human being is to learn to be content with whatever life throws at you. I’m so thankful that I’m not in a wheelchair, but if I I was, I should adjust to life, in a wheelchair. That’s how I’m programmed.
E continued… “If I spend hours, days, or weeks crying over where I am in life and not being who I wanted to be, it’s no use to me.”
Although Big E tried to make the most of his new ‘free time’… the star wrestler admits he’s tired of being at home, which is why he was thrilled Triple H asked him to be part of a WWE tryout for college athletes in the days leading up to SummerSlam on July 30.
E – who played college football in Iowa – says he’s interested to see if the athletes in attendance can transition into the WWE Universe … and hopes the trial will produce the next generation of superstars from the company.