Big E has expressed his hopes that his WWE Championship victory will inspire everyone, but especially young Black men and women.
Big E won the WWE Championship on the September 13th episode of Raw when he cashed in his Money in the Bank contract on Bobby Lashley, and following the victory the wrestling world was united in its praise for the New Day star.
Since he won the title, Big E has been vocal about his belief that representation matters in wrestling, especially at the highest levels. In a new interview with ‘The Undefeated‘, he has reiterated this belief, saying that he hopes his win inspires everyone, and “specifically young Black men and women who enjoy wrestling”.
“Representation is essential to me … I really hope that my [championship] win allows everyone to be inspired, but specifically young Black men and women who enjoy wrestling. To think, ‘This is something that I can do and there won’t be obstacles in my way simply because I don’t look a certain way.’ Whether they want to wrestle or not, I just hope it allows people to say, ‘Hey, I’m not going to be put into a box, I’m not going to have to change who I am to get to where I want in life.’ If I can be that for people, I think that’s really beautiful and humbling.”
He went on to speak about how special the reaction to him making his way to the ring to cash in was.
“When that Wale tune hit that I come out to and people lost it, that was really beautiful. That’s what makes that moment special to me. That pop, that reaction. One of the biggest things to me is just getting back to everyone, all of the missed texts. I had 144 missed texts. … Not to mention all the DMs. Everyone has just been so overwhelmingly positive and kind.”
The ‘Alpha Unicorn’ finished by talking about how great it is to see so many Black wrestlers now and his hope that having Black champions becomes normal.
“I love that we can look around inside of WWE and outside of WWE and see this real depth of Black wrestlers that are really dope, and there’s so many of us. And I hope we get to a point where it’s just normal.”
Elsewhere in the same interview, Big E revealed the more pragmatic reason for cashing in the Money in the Bank briefcase when he did.
H/T to Fightful for the above transcription.