Speaking in a new interview, Big E opened up about his experience starring alongside The Undertaker in the new Netflix movie Escape The Undertaker.
The interactive film which premieres on October 5th, sees viewers decide the fate of The New Day (Kofi Kingston, Big E and Xavier Woods) as they try to escape The Undertaker’s mansion.
You can read a synopsis for the film courtesy of Polygon below.
“In this interactive film featuring WWE Superstars, The Undertaker has set a trap for the decorated tag team The New Day at his mansion. What they don’t know: The Undertaker’s mansion is an extreme Haunted House, packed to the brim with supernatural challenges. It’s up to viewers to decide the fate of these three poor souls trying to survive the wrath of The Undertaker.”
During an appearance on Busted Open Radio, the WWE Champion reflected on his time filming alongside The Deadman. Big E fondly recalled Taker telling stories while he says he enjoyed being able to pick the brains of a legend.
“He was fun,” Big E said. “Larry Heck was there, our trainer.
“We just had our moments when we had our breaks where we were all just kind of sitting around and Undertaker was telling stories, him and Larry were playing cards. When we were sharing our scenes he was obviously very into the scenes. But the moments before and after it was just really cool to pick the brain of a guy who is a legend and has been around for a long time. So it was cool to see both sides of Taker.”
In the movie Big E also stars alongside his tag team partners The New Day. Later on in the conversation, the Raw Superstar described how the bond built up between the three men, despite one now AEW star telling Kofi Kingston not to hang around with himself and Xavier Woods.
“Well you know, we really just built a bond,” Big E said. “It’s hard to believe it’s been over seven years, but in 2014 we were really working on putting this group together. And the three of us were really floundering in our careers. And I think what really fortified our bond is the fact that we had to go through so many ups and downs. We were told no so many times. We were laughed at by so many people, because this idea that the three of us wanted to do together a lot of people found laughable. I have no problem saying his name, but Big Show was someone who, in front of our faces, would tell Kofi ‘hey, you don’t have to be hanging around these guys.’ He meant it. ‘You’re better than dealing with them.’ But I’m so grateful that the three of us bet on ourselves and believed in ourselves and forged our bond. And the reason I don’t mind saying Big Show’s name is because he apologized many times and said ‘you guys did things your way and it worked.’ I appreciate him for that.”
Continuing on, Big E said that the tough times brought the friends closer together, adding that he couldn’t be more grateful to Kingston and Woods.
“That really, those rough times, often times it can drive people and families and friends apart. But for us it brought us closer together. And I love those guys so much and I love that we can do something unique in wrestling. You don’t see a ton of stories of people who have real love and affection for each other, especially among men. I think it’s cool to portray a male friendship between three guys in a positive way. The fact that we, Woods and I, got to be in a gauntlet match to get Kofi a World Title match is something you never really see. Two guys working to get another guy an opportunity. After all these years we’re as tight as ever, and I couldn’t be more grateful for those guys.”
While Big E hasn’t even held the WWE Title for a month, he hasn’t been short of challengers. On the October 4th episode of Raw it was announced that Big E will defend his championship against Drew McIntyre at Crown Jewel.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.