WWE Star Big E commented on the #SpeakingOut movement on The Sports Bubble. He was interviewed by Jensen Karp. Big E stated that he supports the movement. He already stated that he supports the movement on Twitter, but he went into greater detail on the show.
"Sadly enough, I wasn't surprised," Big E admitted. "You hear some whispers or have an understanding of culture. I will say there wasn't any specific instance or a wrestler that I knew that I saw and that had like covered up.
There wasn't anything that I knew of and just shrugged my shoulders at. So, there wasn't anything that I was specifically aware of, but it's honestly really, really, really saddened me to see and disgusted me to see how prevalent this was.
"And, I have to give my, like, hats off to like a friend of mine actually was the one who started this off, Victoria. She was brave enough to tell her story about David Starr, and this all came out and then she emboldened a lot of women and even men to come out and talk about some of the things that they've experienced, the way they were victimized in this industry."
Big E's Comments on the Speaking Out Movement
He then spoke about the stereotypes in wrestling. He stated that the reason why they formed The New Day was to combat the stereotypes that existed in the world of professional wrestling.
He stated that The New Day members wanted to be authentic characters to change the industry. "I think we have to say it kindly, a very rocky past with the way we've depicted black wrestlers," Big E admitted. "You have so many that are celebrated and I'm not going to point the finger at the performer, but Junkyard Dog and Kamala, was an African Savage who didn't speak and he patted his stomach.
And there were a lot of depictions of black wrestlers that really make you cringe when you look at it now." Then, the Big E continued, "And we wanted to not be that with the three of us [The New Day]. That's what we really pushed for and, you know, at first, it was, it was kind of in that mold, we came out as three black inspirational speakers slash preachers and it didn't feel right.
It didn't feel like us. And then when we were finally able to have more of the reins. It really - we had a more authentic depiction of who we were. Obviously, you know, your character is who you are with the volume turned up, is kind of the saying in wrestling. And that's what we want."