WWE: Big E Neck Injury Update, Nick Khan on NBCU Would be Open for More Blood on RAW, ESPN

Big E Neck Injury Status Update

As noted before, Big E has been out of action for WWE since March of 2022 due to a broken neck injury.

A recent episode of the Battleground Podcast had Big E as the guest. One of the topics discussed included Big E providing an update on the status of his neck injury.

“It’s just a complicated fracture. I broke my C1 and C2 in two places, a Jefferson fracture is what it’s called. It just takes a little more time to heal. We just did the one year scans after WrestleMania, it was a little later because of WrestleMania. We need to sit down with the doctors at some point and figure out what the next step is. From my perspective, I feel great, I have no function issues, no pain issues, I’ve been in the gym since two weeks after I broke my neck. I’m feeling great. Obviously, your neck has to be in a certain condition to deal with the rigors of being in the ring on a nightly basis.”

Transcript h/t: Fightful.com

Nick Khan Comments on NBCU Likely “Would Be Supportive Of More Blood In Third Hour Of WWE Raw”

LightShed Partners held a recent interview with WWE CEO Nick Khan. One of the topics discussed included Khan’s thoughts on WWE’s current belief that NBCU would be supportive of more blood being featured for the third hour of their weekly RAW shows.

“Specifically talking to the 10 to 11 hour on Raw, it’s a three-hour program, 8 to 11 every Monday. Specifically, talking to NBCU and among ourselves about, ‘what do we do with that moving forward?’ Love where the product is now, but if you ask Triple H and ask others, ‘If we tweak this, a little more of that,’ what does that do to that 10 to 11 PM hour? It is basic cable, it’s not broadcast, we think NBCU would be supportive, but we’re not anywhere near a final conclusion on that. It’s definitely a conversation point.”

Transcript h/t: Fightful.com

WWE Reportedly in Talks with ESPN for Potential Upcoming Projects

WWE reportedly has been in recent talks with ESPN over potential plans to work together for upcoming projects, according to PWInsider.

Mike Johnson reported that his sources stated that these talks do not involve a weekly television series but instead are for wrestling-related projects. Johnson reported that the talks between the two companies were stated to be in the very early stage.

In an interesting note, Another promotion reportedly is also currently in talks with ESPN. Johnson reported that while he has yet to confirm which promotion it is, he stated that this was not AEW. Johnson also reported that the talks between this promotion and ESPN could be at risk due to WWE recently getting involved with ESPN as well.

Johnson also reported that the current feeling is that WWE’s new parent company Endeavor will be leaning towards getting the WWE brand and programming in as many places as possible but would likely consider entering an exclusivity agreement if someone were to pay a rich premium bonus.