Yes, you read that title correctly! Why would WWE let a comedic goof like Big E become a world champion? Well for starters, when Big E won the Money in the Bank contract, I was not pleased with him winning. He had an awful feud with Apollo Crews and this Nigerian drum match, which did not include any drums. He is such a mid-card guy that could never hold a prestigious title like the WWE Champion, right? There are so many reasons why WWE has been tanking these last few years and it’s sad to see the state that it is currently in that makes me not even want to watch it. Big E’s gimmick would never be taken seriously as a champion, if that is the case, they should have kept the title on Bobby Lashley, but as of right now Big E is going to be a transitional champion and he goes back to being a mid-card wrestler. Hell, he might end up never holding another title again or take his ass to Main Event.
Now that I have your attention, allow me to explain my statements above to you. I was scrolling on Instagram and saw a post that a friend of mine shared, The Wrestling Classic, which included a video with the Universal Champion Roman Reigns, the former WWE Champion Bobby Lashley, and Big E in a triple threat match at a WWE live show. In the video, you can see Reigns holding his title in the air with his back turned to Big E. While, the new WWE Champion was being his natural self, dancing and keeping the audience entertained. Ever since Big E won the Money in the Bank briefcase, I have seen various comments from fans who spoke negatively of him and saying he did not deserve to carry that briefcase. I remember seeing another video a while ago, where he was grinding on the turnbuckle, where I stated in the comment that I wish it were me. However, that is another story! *el oh el* Yet, I notice again how fans were attacking him for just being who he has always been, funny.
Currently, there is another video circling social media of Big E grinding on the turnbuckle again. This time he has the championship and here we are again with fans in the comments dragging him. One user stated, “The guys a fuckin dopey clown, what is there to like about a guy that acts like an overgrown five-year-old? What’s relatable about that?” He continued to say that those who choose to be fans of his character and “lobotomized” gimmick are either “brain dead idiots or mentally deficient.” Wow! It annoys me to know that people cannot enjoy a comical champion like Big E. Instead of being distracted by the shit, he does at live shows, acknowledge how talented this guy is in WWE.
Since wrestling was introduced to the world and many characters over the years evolved, we have seen plenty of comedic gimmicks hold a title. From Kurt Angle, Mankind, Eddie Guerrero, Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair, King Booker, Chris Jericho, Dean Ambrose, John Cena, Stone Cold, The Rock, hell even Vince McMahon with his cultural appropriated ass was the ECW champion wearing a damn durag. The majority of the wrestlers I listed was very hilarious as champions and nobody uttered a fucking word about their gimmicks. Yes, I understand it was a different time back then, but still, in the present day, even a “serious” champion gets stale at some point. So, let us take a deep dive into Big E’s career before he became the 4th Black wrestler to hold the WWE Champion.
When WWE rebranded NXT from FCW in 2012, Big E Langston, which was his ring name during this time, debut into the company as a heel. With his signature count to five instead of the usual three, eventually won the crowd over on the black and gold brand. Langston rose to stardom when he defeated Seth Rollins a year later for the NXT Champion making him the second wrestler to hold the title. His reign was short-lived once he lost to Bo Dallas a few months later. Langston made his main roster debut by attacking John Cena and aligning himself with AJ Lee and her boyfriend at the time Dolph Ziggler. From 2012 to 2013, Big E was a part of various storylines from wrestling at WrestleMania to competing in a best-of-five series with Alberto Del Rio, he eventually won his first singles champion against Curtis Axel and held the Intercontinental Champion for 167 days.
By the summer of 2014, The New Day arrived and began to establish itself as a faction. Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods would make their in-ring debut in November winning effortlessly against Curtis Axel, Heath Slater, and Titus O’Neil. After many wins, long title reigns, heel and face turns it was time to see what Big E can do as a singles competitor. He has been with The New Day for seven years and to see him finally get this huge push has been amazing. The 2020 WWE Draft was a bittersweet moment when Big E was selected to be a part of the blue brand, while Woods and Kingston stayed on Raw. Nevertheless, The Powerhouse of Positivity claim the Intercontinental Title and by July 2021, Big E became Mr. Money in the Bank for the first time. As Big E continued to establish himself as a top star in WWE, he cashed in on Bobby Lashley to win the WWE Championship before being chosen as Raw’s top pick in the 2021 WWE Draft.
After all his accomplishments, people still do not believe that Big E could be taken “seriously” as a champion. The amount of work he has put in over the years to get to this moment says a lot about why he is holding a prestigious title. Whether he is running down the ramp in a towel distracting Bobby Lashley or “dry humping” on a turnbuckle, making out with the championship, Big E will never miss with entertaining the crowd at live shows. However, when E is in the ring he never disappoints, and you could never discredit his athletic ability.