Big E has embarked on a singles run in recent weeks due to Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston being absent, with many hoping it results in a big push and him possibly becoming a top star.
That seemed like a possibility several years ago, when rumours were doing the rounds that WWE was deciding whether to make Roman Reigns or the New Day member its next big star.
Obviously, Reigns was chosen, but in an interview with talkSPORT, E spoke about those rumours and the company choosing Reigns over him.
“There was a point – and I don’t know if this was a thing – but there was a rumour that the choice was between me and Roman and they were kind of deciding [who to push]. To me, Roman made so much sense – look at him! You can say what you want about him, but look at the guy. I’ve been in the ring with him and he’s incredible, he gets so much love. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone say ‘I didn’t enjoy working with him’ or ‘I didn’t think he was good in the ring.’ If you’ve been in the ring with [you’d know] he deserves the spot he got! So six or seven years ago, it wouldn’t have made sense [for me to get the push] and I wasn’t ready for it then. Now I feel so much more comfortable as a performer, as a promo and in my character – and unabashedly being myself. I feel capable of being whatever this run is going to be.”