Big E is the current WWE Champion, and he recently spoke about the time when his WWE Future felt uncertain. Before joining the New Day, Big E was working as a babyface wrestler. However, he was not very successful as a babyface.
He spoke about it with Matty Paddock of The UK Independent. At the 2014 Extreme Rules event, Big E dropped the WWE Intercontinental Title to Bad News Barrett, who is now part of the NXT Announce Team. During this time, Big E actually thought that his WWE career would come to an end as he was being booed, even though he was a babyface at that time.
He remembered that Road Dogg, a WWE Hall of Famer and a producer at that time, told him that the WWE creative team have no plans for him. He also recalled that Xavier Woods pitched the idea of The New Day to him.
Big E Speaks About When He Thought His WWE Career was Uncertain
“I was in a program with Bad News Barrett,” Big E recalled.
“He was super over and had that scissor lift and was getting great reactions. The night that I dropped the title, I was blowing my comeback and getting booed and, as a babyface, that’s the worst! “When you’ve got your heel rocking and rolling and you’re getting booed… oh no!
Things have gone awry! I ended up losing the title that night and it got to a point afterwards where [WWE agent] Road Dogg said: ‘We need to get you to work on something and find something because we have no plans for you right now.’ Thankfully, that same day [Xavier] Woods came up to me and pitched doing a faction.
That took some time to get going of course!” He also received an email from the WWE which stated that he will not have to appear on WWE RAW every single week for the taping. Before the brand split, such an email usually meant that the WWE is about to release a wrestler.
“It said that [I] wasn’t going to Raw anymore and was only needed for SmackDown,” Big E recalled. “At the time it typically meant those people were either doing dark [non-televised] matches, and not long after were either back on [developmental show] NXT or were fired.
For me, that felt like, ‘Oh, my career is not going the way I wanted it to…’ and that I was either going to be either demoted or let go very soon. Those were moments where I thought, ‘I need a life raft here,’ and I’m very grateful that some idea, some person came along at the right time and kept my career afloat.
I look back at those moments and I’m thankful that I survived, thankful that I could ride those waves and those rough times, and I’m still here”.