Big E embarked on the biggest singles run of his career in the summer of 2021.
In June he qualified for the men’s Money In The Bank Ladder Match before going on to win the match and the Money In The Bank contract a month later. The star continually teased cashing in the contract on both current champions, Roman Reigns, and Bobby Lashley before calling his shot in September.
Ahead of the September 13th edition of Raw the star announced he would be cashing in his contract that night, and pinned Bobby Lashley to end the show as WWE Champion.
The victory was one of the most feel-good moments of the year, and the New Day star retained the gold with wins over the likes of Lashley and Drew McIntyre while facing Roman Reigns at Survivor Series. Big E’s run came to an end at Day 1 on January 1st, 2022, when he lost the title Brock Lesnar in a Fatal-Five-Way Match.
Speaking in a new interview with PopCulture, Big E reflected on his to date, one and only World Title reign. The star said that he was blessed to have the opportunity, but felt there was more he and WWE could have done.
“It was a great learning experience for me. It was one of those things where if I’m being honest, I wanted more. I didn’t feel like I had the best reign. I feel like there was a lot of meat left on the bone. A lot more that we could have done there.
For me, I was really fortunate and really blessed to have that opportunity and really grateful for it as well.”
Despite this, he said that the title reign had opened up more doors outside of WWE.
“Really feeling like I’m meant to do this. For, for me, in many ways, even though I wanted more out of the reign and felt like a lot more could have been accomplished in-ring and on TV, SmackDown, Raw. As much as I have those feelings, I’m also so grateful for the opportunity and so grateful for so many doors that have opened because of that run.”
Big E’s In-Ring Future Remains Uncertain
In the March 11th, 2022 episode of SmackDown the star took a Belly-to-Belly Overhead Superlex from Ridge Holland outside the ring. However, instead of landing flat on his back as planned, Big E landed high up on his neck.
Thankfully, the former World Champion didn’t require surgery or damage his spinal cord. He hasn’t wrestled since.
The star recently revealed that he will be getting more scans completed in the first week of April. These scans will likely determine whether he can ever wrestle again.
H/t to WrestlingNews.Co