Big E was a collegiate football player at the University of Iowa and later became a powerlifter and a USA Powerlifting champion. Upon signing with WWE in 2009, Ewen was assigned to its developmental brand Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW).
After FCW was rebranded to WWE NXT, he became the second-ever NXT Champion. Since arriving on the main roster in 2012, he has become a one-time Intercontinental Champion, two-time Raw Tag Team Champion, and a four-time SmackDown Tag Team Champion.
As a part of The New Day, he holds the record for the longest tag team championship reign in WWE history at 483 days. In a recent interview with App.com, Big E spoke about WWE’s recent push: “I think that it’s incredible, and I think it’s also reflective of what you see in media as a whole now, more representation across lines, not just in our industry but elsewhere.
And I think the problem is a lot of times people bristle at the mere mention of race or representation or feminism or whatever minority group there is that’s trying to have a voice in media, people don’t even want to have that discussion.
But I think for Kofi to be the first African-born champion I think is such an incredible feat. And also Becky Lynch and Ronda and Charlotte being able to close WrestleMania, to have the women close the biggest show of the year, is also pretty incredible.
So I think it’s a discussion that we just need to be open to. And I guess I don’t really consider myself one for politics but I just think having this discourse and being able to talk about these things and being open to these things I think is big, so I’m glad we’re doing a better job with that in our industry and I hope we continue to grow”.