Big E of The New Day has recalled Vince McMahon’s reaction to hearing what the trio wanted for their theme music prior to the group’s debut in 2014.
The current WWE Intercontinental Champion was appearing on the Hollywood Raw podcast when he shared the story. The group had been given music by the company that was not to their taste, so they approached the boss with a different viewpoint on their theme.
Big E explained:
“They wanted to give us entrance music and they gave us this real dusty, old-timey church stuff that sounded like it was recorded in the 1920s. I said, ‘We cannot come out to this.’ We remember Kirk Franklin because it was energetic, so that was our example. We gave them the example and we went to Vince’s office after a show to have him listen to the music. He had these big speakers and it was a bunch of writers and us. We’re all in a circle and sitting there.”
“They put the music on and we’re all hoping he likes the music. He plays the music, it’s way too loud, and we’re all serious and trying to vibe along, but we’re looking at him to see how he’s responding. I remember him tapping his foot, like this grimace of pleasure in a cartoonish way. I thought it was a joke and he was being funny and we were laughing, but everyone was deadly serious. He’s dancing and tapping his foot and I’m biting my lower lip because it’s hilarious, but no one else is laughing and I can tell it’s a serious moment. I’m almost bleeding, that’s how hard I’m biting my lip.”
“His love for southern gospel and black church isn’t something you’d expect, but he really does. Seeing him going to town, tapping his foot, and shrugging his shoulders while listening to our music. He’s a very interesting man.”
Big E would then touch on McMahon the person and discusses the lengths McMahon’s personal trainer has to go to when WWE is on the road:
“Even just watching the XFL documentary was very cool and his relationship with Dick Ebersol. Just the mindset of Vince and billionaires is really interesting. This self-belief. He’s as much of a character as people would imagine. He has a personal trainer and this poor guy. We have these long drives, pre-pandemic, and we’ll get in around two or three in the morning and his personal trainer has been standing outside the whole time waiting for him because he’ll come in and work out after shows and after long drives. This man is in his 70s and he’s working out hard. He’s a meathead in a way.”