Kofi Kingston has recalled being worried that a last-minute change in plans was going to prevent Big E from cashing in the Money in the Bank briefcase on RAW.
On September 13th, Big E cashed in his Money in the Bank contract to win the WWE Championship. The New Day star pinned Bobby Lashley to claim the crown after the now former champion retained the title against Randy Orton.
Big E’s first World Title win led to an outpouring of love on social media from fans and peers alike, all toasting the new champion.
One man who was on hand to experience the victory was Kofi Kingston. The former WWE Champion watched from the Gorilla position as his friend lifted the gold, before rushing to the ring with Xavier Woods to celebrate.
Speaking in a new interview with comicbook.com, Kingston recalled watching everything unfold. He admitted he was more nervous watching his friend, than winning his own World Title. He confessed to worrying that a last-minute change in creative direction might rob Big E of his big moment.
“Well, for me, it was totally different. Number one, because I was 10 times more nervous for E than I was for myself. Because like I said before, everything is always changing. I was sure that something at the last minute was like, “Okay, we’re going to go this route now, we’re not going to have you go out and cash or whatever.” So sitting in Gorilla, I’m just sitting there with butterflies in my stomach, nervous, rocking back and forth. I look over at E and he’s cool as a cucumber, just ready for what is about to come. And it was just so awesome to see, because at that time, and especially once he beat Bobby, you can see it in my eyes, first of all I couldn’t contain my excitement. I couldn’t stop moving, I couldn’t stop jumping around. But then a few times I really had to take a step back and just look at him. And just be like, “Wow, he did it, man. All the hard work that he has put in over the years has finally paid off.”
Kingston continued by praising the new champion, revealing that he was greeted backstage by the entire roster after winning the title.
“He is a guy who never rests on his laurels. He’s a guy that is always trying to get better, literally every single day, not only as a performer, but as a person, it was just awesome to see that culminate, and in my hometown nonetheless. So a little extra icing on the cake, man. It was awesome. It was awesome and so well-deserved. And when we got back through Gorilla, we came through the curtain, all of his peers were there, all the roster was there. Everybody was just so happy. And that’s just a Testament to show you the kind of impact that Big E has on the roster and what kind of person he is, that he has a personal connection with everybody. Not a single person was mad that E was champion. Everyone was extremely elated and happy that he got what he deserved.”
Big E signed for WWE in 2009, initially appearing in the Florida Championship Wrestling. As the promotion became NXT the former powerlifter remained in a prominent position, winning the NXT Championship.
The Florida-born star arrived on the main roster in 2012, later winning the Intercontinental Championship. Two years later, Big E was placed in The New Day with Kingston and Woods. After a somewhat rocky start, the trio have gone on to become one of the most successful tag teams of all time.
H/t to comicbook.com for the transcription.