Kofi Kingston recounts the moments that he realized Big E broke his neck.
Big E recently suffered a broken neck on the March 11 episode of Friday Night SmackDown. Kofi Kingston, of course, was his partner in that match.
Now, Kofi Kingston tells Hot 97 that E breaking his neck was the scariest moment in his career.
"It was easily the scariest night of my career," said Kofi. "Obviously, the injury didn't happen to me, but I was on the inside of the ring. I see E go for that spear that he does, and he missed it, and he was on the outside there and then him and Ridge, go for that overhead suplex and I see them go up and they looked a little like wonky. But I never saw the impact. So I didn't really — I didn't know, you know, I went over there and I was like, 'Okay, everything looks fine,' he's down and everything and then the match goes on. After everything went down, just the ref was like yeah, I don't know if he's okay. I was like, what's going on all sudden, the paramedics and everything start coming out."
"It was just really really scary because it's a reminder of how quickly things can take a turn for the worst," he continued. "Every move that we execute, there's always an element of danger to it and luckily, for the most part, we come out unscathed, but in those moments -- literally looking at my brother in the face as the paramedics are putting the neck braces and everything on there, putting him on the stretcher, you know, it was very scary. Myself, Woods, and a bunch of the boys went to the hospital right after and we're just waiting. With COVID protocols, they don't really let a whole lot of people inside the emergency room. So we're literally outside, it's raining, we're outside the emergency room, and we're just waiting for word. It's so strange to say, 'Luckily, he only broke [his C1 and C6 vertebrae]' Do you know what I'm saying? He put out a tweet that put everything into perspective yesterday where he said he went in to meet the doctor and the doctor said if he had broken his neck a millimeter in one direction, he would have had a stroke. If he broke his neck in a millimeter the other direction, he would have died. The fact that he was so strong and he had so much muscle back there really really saved them and you know again like it could have been way worse. He's just been in great spirits the whole time, so many people have gone to visit him, and just send him so many positive messages, which he really really appreciates for sure."
Overall, Kofi is just happy it boils down to only rest and recovery for E.
"Yeah, we really lucked out because like I said, it could have been a lot worse, and we'd be having a different conversation right now. But, yeah, it's just rest and recovery, and we're all just kind of taking it one day at a time. We're obviously in contact with him every day and he's in really good spirits. He does appreciate all the support these guys from everybody," said Kofi.
Kofi Kingston recently stated that he has no idea what he will be doing at WrestleMania but he hopes it involves the Tag Team Championship. Read more here.
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