As soon as Big E captured the Money In The Bank briefcase, attention immediately turned to the question of which Superstar would he cash the contract in on.
While the briefcase ensures that Big E can challenge for a World Championship of his choice, there is no telling who may hold the gold at the time. This has led to fans wondering whether if it came to it, would the briefcase holder cash in on one of his New Day brothers?
Speaking in a new interview with ALT 104.5 Philadelphia, Big E addressed the conundrum, admitting that he wouldn’t be able to take on Kofi Kingston or Xavier Woods.
“We’re such a tight knit unit, honestly, I would never fathom going after Kofi or Woods,” Big E told ALT 104.5 Philadelphia. “For me, right now I’m on SmackDown, and Roman Reigns is on SmackDown, and he’s the very top of our industry. That doesn’t mean I don’t have my eye on Bobby Lashley, because man, I certainly do and he’s had an incredible run too. But for me, it would never be about taking something away from Kofi so that I could stand atop him, or same thing with Woods!”
Since the former Big E Langston joined forces with Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston in 2014, he has enjoyed enormous success as a tag team star. With The New Day recently being named the ‘Greatest Tag Team In WWE History.’
However, in the 2020 draft while Kingston and Woods were drafted to RAW, Big E remained on SmackDown. This enforced split has enabled Big E to go on the most fruitful singles run of his career. It was an opportunity the former Intercontinental Champion was determined to make the most of.
“I didn’t want to be the guy that, you know, oh, here’s a singles run and it kind of peters out. Or I don’t really do anything with it. Or I’m just a guy, just hanging out and doing segments,” Big E said. “No, I took it seriously! I really wanted this run to still feel like me, to still have the levity that I love to bring to the ring and to what I do. But also this added layer of determination. Like, I am here because I have things that I want to accomplish!”
Reflecting on his Money In The Bank win, the Tampa, Florida native opened up about what made the moment so special.
“What also made that moment so special for me was knowing that I was in the ring with seven other really incredible performers. That match, I thought, was excellent, it was really incredible, and all that really set the table for that moment,” Big E said. “You know, if we had a lacklustre match, or people weren’t invested, it just wouldn’t mean as much, it just wouldn’t have. But because the match was so good, and the fans there were so behind me, it makes that moment truly special.”
Despite being away from his partners of the last seven years, Big E explained that the trio are still very much a unit, trying to push each other on to great things.
“As appreciative as I am of all the years, the past seven or eight years as a collective, we still are adding to our resume and there’s still more work to do,” Big E said. “That’s what I love about those guys and their mentality, there’s never an ‘I made it’ moment, or it’s time to coast or rest on our laurels. It’s always about trying to get to that next step, trying to get over that hump, trying to accomplish something beautiful. We all have that mentality and I love them for it.”
Big E was most recently in action on the July 30th edition of SmackDown where he teamed with Cesaro and King Nakamura to defeat Apollo Crews, Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.