Big E’s WWE career has been littered with many title reigns, however, a recent picture posted alongside a rising NXT star has got the nostalgia flowing for many fans.
Over a decade on from holding the NXT Championship, Big E recently featured alongside current titleholder Carmelo Hayes for a special photo featuring two generations of the gold brand.
Posted by Hayes on Twitter, both he and Big E are holding their respective NXT Title belts in the photo, Hayes holding the current version of the gold and Big E the older X title design used between 2012-2017.
Alongside the picture, Hayes captioned the post:
Then. Now. Forever.
It was announced ahead of time that E would be in attendance for NXT Heatwave (August 22), with The New Day member stating that it was the match between Hayes’ partner Trick Williams vs Ilja Dragunov that he was most looking forward to on the card.
While Trick would taste defeat in his first major breakout singles performance, Hayes would be more successful, retaining his NXT Champion after defeating former North American Champ Wes Lee.
While it’s unclear what is next for Hayes and his NXT Title, things are of course also unfortunately unclear for the future of Big E inside a WWE ring following his career-threatening neck injury suffered in March 2022.
A WWE name involved in NXT recently weighed in on the future of Big E and the prospect of the 37-year-old potentially stepping away from the ring, you can read more on this here.
WrestleTalk would like to continue extending our well-wishes to Big E in his recovery.
— Carmelo Hayes (@Carmelo_WWE) August 23, 2023
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