Former WWE Champion Big E has discussed losing his title at Day 1 and says he’s not happy with his three-month run with the title.
Just two months after winning the Money In The Bank briefcase Big E cashed in his contract on Bobby Lashley to become WWE Champion for the first time – the first time ever an African American challenger had won the title from an African American champion in September 2021.
The New Day star held the title for almost three months, losing it at the Day 1 event on New Year’s Day 2022 when Brock Lesnar acted as the spoiler and won the Fatal Five-Way bout for the gold.
Speaking to Sports Illustrated, Big E likened his title reign to a starter rather than the banquet he hoped it would be:
“I wanted it to be a five-course meal, and it was more of an appetizer. I’m overly critical of my work to begin with, so I wouldn’t say I was happy with it. My hope was to knock it out of the park, and I fell a bit short. So it’s motivating to start that climb back.”
Big E then added that his match at Day 1 was originally supposed to be a one-on-one bout against Seth Rollins but plans changed to include Kevin Owens and Bobby Lashley. As it transpired, the match went on to include Brock Lesnar, something Big E only found out about on the day of the show:
“Initially, it was supposed to be me and Seth. Seth was named the No. 1 contender early, so we had some time, and that’s when I wrestled Kevin. That worked out really well, so he got added to the match, and then so did Bobby. So what it became was much different than what it was supposed to be.”
“I got to the building thinking we were going to have our four-way. I didn’t know about Roman being unavailable until that afternoon, a few hours before the show. That threw a wrench into our match, as well as ripple effects to Raw and SmackDown.”