Big E Admits Disappointment At WWE Championship Reign

1 year ago by Andy Datson

Big E Admits Disappointment At WWE Championship Reign

Former WWE Champion Big E has admitted he’s disappointed at the way his WWE Championship reign unfolded, and especially the way in which it came to an end at the hands of Brock Lesnar.

Speaking to Sports Illustrated, Big E said:

“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.

“I’m not comfortable being just a guy on the roster. I’m not good with going back to the way it was before.

“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed to see it end that way. And it’s not anything against Brock. Brock is a very special athlete, human and performer. There is no shame in losing to Brock Lesnar.

“I took a moment to soak in the sadness. The highs of winning, like at Money in the Bank or cashing in, those are incredible. But the lows suck, too. And that’s motivation to fuel me.

“This is my chance to show another side of me. It’s time to turn up the intensity. My role with The New Day is so often comedic relief, but I don’t want to be one-dimensional. I want to be as well-rounded and as whole a performer as possible.”

Big E went on to talk about how his Day 1 match kept changing, and the ways in which this affected him.

“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.”

Eventually the match would become a Fatal-5-Way with Brock Lesnar being added to the match shortly before the show, after Lesnar’s original opponent, Universal Champion Roman Reigns, tested positive for COVID-19.

Big E admitted he had no idea Roman had been taken ill until hours before the show went live.

“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.”

Credit to Sports Illustrated for the transcription.

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