Big E.

Big E. Talks About Times In His WWE Career That He Feared For His Future

Big E. recently spoke with Matty Paddock of The U.K. Independent for an in-depth interview.

During the discussion, the WWE Champion recalled fearing for his future in the company after the WWE Extreme Rules 2014 pay-per-view.

Featured below are some of the highlights from the interview.

On fearing for his WWE future around the time he first learned of plans for The New Day: “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!”

On another time he feared for his WWE future after being told he was no longer needed for Raw shows: “It said that [I] wasn’t going to Raw anymore and was only needed for SmackDown,” he 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.”

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