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Big E – “It Feels Like A Really Great Time For Black Wrestlers”

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Mr Money In The Bank Big E is currently riding the wave of arguably the biggest win of his career.

While The New Day Superstar has established himself as one of the modern greats in tag team wrestling, he now stands on the brink of the most important run of his career.

After a stint with the Intercontinental Championship in early 2021, Big E went on to capture the Money In The Bank briefcase, which serves as a potential gateway to a potential World Championship reign.

It was a victory that the New Day star recently called one of the “greatest nights of his career” in conversation with Graham GSM Matthews of Bleacher Report.

In winning the contract, Big E became the first Black Superstar to capture the briefcase. Reflecting on this, and the issue of representation with WWE, the former Intercontinental is incredibly upbeat.

Big E said that the company is in a “good position,” before praising the WrestleMania main event match between Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair. The match was the first time that two Black female performers had faced each other at WrestleMania. Big E praised the move as it was clear the two women had earned the opportunity.

“I really think we’re in a good position as far as seeing more diverse faces,” he said. “What I love, too, is when you watch Bianca and Sasha, when I watched that match, I didn’t think, ‘Oh, they thought it was time to have two Black women in a world title match at WrestleMania, so they picked two they thought could do a decent job and put them in there.’ No! To me, it felt very clear: These are two of the best women in the world at what they do and they are beyond deserving. They just so happen to be Black women. That is my hope and that’s where we’re at.”

Going further, Big explained that he thinks it’s a “great time for Black wrestlers.”

“When I look around, I see so many incredible Black performers, inside and outside of our company,” he said. “It feels like a really great time for Black wrestlers, and there are so many Black wrestling fans that I feel are starting to see themselves on screen. I really do believe that representation matters in media. When you see people that look like you, especially as a kid, you can think, ‘Oh, that’s something I can do because there are people that look like me that have done it in the past.'”

The multiple-time Tag Team Champion also noted that representation has changed greatly behind the scenes as well as in the ring.

“We’re starting to get on a good path as far as seeing diverse faces and even beyond that. Backstage, we have so many… there are at least four or five Black women who are writers, working in positions backstage and just in the office. On screen and off screen in WWE, seeing people reflect what our world looks like, that’s the goal, and I’m excited to be a part of that.”

After becoming Mr Money In The Bank, Big E immediately started looking ahead to a potential cash in. Speaking to Steven Muelhausen of DAZN, the SmackDown star said that he has already got his eye on a showdown with Universal Champion Roman Reigns, calling the Head of the Table “the guy in the industry.”