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Big E On Why He’s “Glad It Took So Long” To Become WWE Champion

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Big E has spoken about what his WWE Title win means to him as he recalled himself and The New Day at one point fighting just to get on television.

The New Day star ascended to the highest plane in the wrestling world as he defeated Bobby Lashley on RAW to capture his first WWE Championship. The now-former Mr. Money In The Bank took to social media on Monday to call his shot that he was going to be at RAW despite being a SmackDown superstar and planned on cashing in his Money In The Bank contract.

In the advertised main event of RAW, the WWE Champion Bobby Lashley defended his gold against Randy Orton. In the end, Lashley was able to get through The Viper and remain champion. Shortly afterwards, Big E came to the ring to do exactly what he said he was going to do. A short match and a Big Ending later and Big E was WWE Champion, to the delight of the crowd in Boston.

After RAW went off the air, Big E spoke to Kevin Patrick in front of the WWE cameras, with the new WWE Champion in a reflective mood:

“It’s the moments I really treasure. I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about the moment I go out, the music hits – the crowd, even though they’ve seen me a dozen times tonight. To have your peers, fans, these two jackasses (New Day) to have every one of their support, it means the world to me. I think the dream for anyone in any vocation or craft is getting to do cool things at the top of your craft, but getting to do it with your friends. I will always remember the three of us fighting to get on TV, and we’ve been able to do so many cool, incredible things.”

“I’ve been able to grow so much as a person and a performer because of these guys. 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 I wasn’t handed things right away. I got to live the dream and be WWE Champion, and my best friends came out and celebrated with me. I’ll never forget it.”

“That’s the cherry on top, respect from your peers. We have so much talent (across all WWE brands). To have people I respect, I love watching pushing for me backstage, say ‘job well done.’ I’m thankful for all of it.”

Wrestling stars from across the entire business have been taking to social media to offer their words of joy and congratulations to the new WWE Champion.

h/t Fightful for the transcription