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.”
Check out the complete interview at Independent.co.uk.
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