Big E, better known as Ettore Ewen, has been out for quite a while now and there remains no clarity on when the former WWE champion will return.

Recall that the 36-year-old WWE star suffered a broken neck back in March in tag team action against Ridge Holland and Sheamus on WWE Smackdown.

To be specific, the injury of Big E concerns his C1 and C6 vertebrae, both of which were fractured. There was reportedly no damage to his ligaments or spinal cord.

Hence, the only thing Big E can do now is staying out of ring action as he tries to recover from the injury. However, there is no assurance that the former heavyweight champion will be back wrestling again. A lot will hinge on how his neck will heal.

"I have to get some more scans at the one-year mark in March and we'll see how everything is looking. We'll see from there," Big E said when he spoke to media via These Urban Times. "My C1 is broken in two spots, so we obviously have to be very smart about that. I was very fortunate. I want to make sure I'm making the best decision for myself. We'll see in March. I feel great, I'm really thankful for that. I don't have any nerve issues, no strength issues, no impairment whatsoever. Obviously, to get back in the ring to do what we do, I want to make sure my C1 is rock solid. Other than that, I'm very blessed. I feel great."

For now, Big E is content working with the WWE NIL program, something he says resonates with him.

"Because I was a football player at Iowa with a bunch of injuries, my career was over, and I'm thinking now, 'What do I do with my life?' I was going to grad school, but I didn't really feel fulfilled. I feel I can go back in time to 13 years ago and look at young men and women in a very similar position as me who are seeing the end of their college career," Big E quipped.

WWE wresting star "Big E"
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