Written By Nicolas Papa (August 9th, 2020)
Updated October 29th, 2021
Last week on the WWE quarterly financial call, CEO Vince McMahon stated that he wanted to create new stars in WWE. With injuries to 2/3rds of The New Day, Big E might become one of those stars.
On the July 24th, 2020 edition of Friday Night SmackDown, Kofi Kingston revealed he would be out for at least 6 weeks with an injury. Kingston went on to praise Big E for all the sacrifices he made for the team and gave him the blessing to pursue a singles run.
For years, fans have been clamoring for a singles run for Big E, and in the eyes of many, he is a future world champion.
When Big E arrived on the scene in NXT he dominated, winning the NXT Championship from Seth Rollins in 2012. The former powerlifter would go on to have a 153-day title reign before being defeated by a young upstart Bo Dallas.
Big E then debuted on the December 17th edition of Monday Night Raw where he attacked fan favorite John Cena. He would then align with Dolph Ziggler and AJ Lee as their uncharismatic muscle who wasn’t really given an opportunity to talk.
Fast forward a couple of months to November, Big E broke off from Ziggler and Lee and challenged Curtis Axel for the Intercontinental Championship successfully. Big E held the title for 167 days defeating the likes of Damien Sandow and Jack Swagger to retain the belt.
A few months after losing the belt, he was off TV for a significant amount of time until the formation of The New Day.
The New Day
The New Day formed during the summer of 2014 as a way for underused superstars like Big E and Xavier Woods to earn TV time. It was Woods’ idea to form the team as he was directionless before then.
The gimmick didn’t take off like expected but after a tag title reign in the summer of 2015, the group started to find its rhythm as heels. They would then turn face after a subpar feud against the League Of Nations. The group would go on to hold the Tag Titles for 483 days before losing to Cesaro and Sheamus. The New Day has held the Tag Titles 8 times to this date, and are the longest-running faction without splitting up in WWE history. Kofi Kingston even had a WWE Championship reign during one of their Tag Team Championship reigns.
The New Found Singles Run
Big E kicked off his singles run on July 31st edition of SmackDown with a win over former WWE Champion The Miz. Although most fans seemed to enjoy the match, others didn’t like the silly New Day persona that Big E has displayed throughout the years. These fans wanted to see the dominant side of Big E.
Its completely understandable that fans would want to see a gimmick change from the 5’11 285 monster, but he doesn’t need a full-on change. Big E cuts a fantastic promo and just like Kofi during his WWE Championship reign, he could become serious when the story needs him to be.
If WWE takes time into building him as a singles competitor he will succeed. His push can’t be abandoned after 2 weeks. We’ve seen it happen with so many others including Kofi Kingston before his WWE Championship reign Kofi was stuck in a Mid-Card vortex.
It wasn’t until the fans truly rallied behind him that he got his shot to be a World Champion. The situation could be slightly different for Big E, with his size possibly playing a big role to Vince McMahon himself. His size coupled with his impressive skills in & out of the ring WWE could have a future megastar at their fingertips if handled right.
It’s been over a year since this article was posted and since then we’ve seen Big E do all the incredible things we always knew he was capable of. On the 12-22-20 edition of Smackdown Big E defeated Sami Zayn for the intercontinental championship. Big E would go on to hold the title for 110 days losing it at WrestleMania against Apollo Crews. For a couple of months after losing the title at WrestleMania E was sort of directionless. As the thunder dome era of WWE was starting to come to a close we saw WWE plant the seeds for a mid-card program between Aleister Black and Big E but obviously plans changed as Black was released from the company shortly after the start of the feud. Big E would then go on to compete in and win the Money In The Bank ladder match in July for a guaranteed shot at a world title wherever and whenever he wants. The MITB PPV also saw the return of fans who erupted as soon as E got his hands on that briefcase. It became clear to everyone watching that night that WWE was finally going to pull the trigger on Big E as a main event superstar. After winning the briefcase the IWC seemed to agree that Big E was most likely going to Cash in on the WWE Champion and not the Universal Champion as WWE is in the middle of trying to build Roman Reigns as one of the greatest Champions of all time. Clearly everyone’s thoughts were proven correct when Big E announced he would cash in on the September 13th, 2021 edition of Monday Night Raw.
That same night Bobby Lashley defended his title against the Legendary Randy Orton and defeated him but shortly after the win Big E came out and cashed in his MITB to become the NEW WWE Champion. His tag partners and legitimate best friends Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods ran out to the ring to celebrate with their brother. As of October 29th, 2021 Big E is still the WWE Champion entering a feud with Seth Rollins.
Big E has finally reached that star potential we’ve talked about for so long and the fans along with the locker room couldn’t be happier. E comes off as a super likable guy in and out of the ring. He’s positive attitude and natural charisma gives WWE a guy who can be trusted to help bring mainstream attention to the company. Congratulations to Big E, we always knew he would be a star!