The new WWE Champion Big E has discussed exactly what it means to him to stand at the pinnacle of the wrestling business after his historic title win on RAW.
The New Day star called his shot early on Monday, taking to social media to reveal that he’d be on RAW and was planning a Money In The Bank cash-in. Bobby Lashley was tasked with defending his title in the main event against Randy Orton and The All Mighty one was able to overcome The Viper in a back and forth contest.
There was no time to celebrate for Lashley as he was immediately challenged by Big E who cashed in his contract for a WWE Championship match there and then. Big E survived a spear before hitting a Big Ending on Lashley to capture his first WWE Championship.
Speaking to WWE broadcaster Kevin Patrick after RAW went off the air, the new WWE Champion – joined by Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods had this to say:
“It’s hard to contextualize something like this. Man, it’s the moments, I think that I really treasure, and man, I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about the moment I go out, the music hits, and that crowd, even though they’ve seen me a dozen times tonight, man, like, to have people, your peers, to have fans…and these two jackasses [Kingston & Woods]. To have everyone play a part, it means the world to me. So, I’m appreciative, for sure.”
Woods then interjected:
“This man has been fighting, trying to get this thing for I don’t know how long.”
Before former WWE Champion Kofi Kingston stated:
“I am so very happy right now. Man, this is incredible. I don’t want to say it was unexpected, because I knew it was gonna happen but the fact that this moment is now in reality is… I’m trying not to cuss, it’s freaking awesome, man. I’m so proud of you, man, you’ve worked so amazingly hard and to have watched your journey. Man, you know what I’m saying? And to see it culminating right now, and this is just the beginning, bro. It’s not over, this is just the beginning, dude. Look at you.”
The new WWE Champion Big E then continued:
“I think the dream for anyone in any vocation or craft, or anything, is getting to do really cool things, to get to the top of your craft, but to do it with your best friends, and you know… I always tell this story because I never wanna forget… I will always remember the three of us just fighting to get on TV. And man, we’ve been able to do so many cool, incredible things, and I got to grow so much as a person and as a performer because of these guys, and I could not have written a better career for myself. I’m glad in many ways that it took so long because it feels earned. I’m glad that I wasn’t handed things right away, that I had time to grow, to do all the things that we had chances to do. So, I got to live the dream.”
“I got to be WWE Champion and my best friends come out, and celebrate with me, and we huddle, and we have these moments that I’ll never forget.”
— BIG E IS WWE CHAMPION (@WWE) September 14, 2021
Big E concluded by discussing what it meant to have the stars of WWE waiting backstage after his win to celebrate with him:
“That’s the cherry on top. Respect from your peers, from the people who… man, we have so much talent in the locker rooms, on SmackDown, on RAW, NXT, NXT UK, and to have people really you respect, who I love watching, push so hard for me all these years, to be backstage, to be there and just say, ‘Job well done,’ whatever… again, I’m just very… thankful for all of it.”
There was love for Big E all over social media from all over the wrestling world with the great and good of the business sending their love to the new WWE Champion.