Big E has broken his silence on his stunning WWE Championship win on last night's WWE Raw.
Interviewed for WWE's official social media channels after the show, E spoke on his joy at being able to accomplish this alongside his friends, New Day stablemates Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston, who celebrated with him after the bell (h/t Fightful for the transcriptions):-
"It's the moments I really treasure. I'm getting goosebumps just thinking about the moment I go out, the music hits -- the crowd, even though they've seen me a dozen times tonight. To have your peers, fans, these two jackasses (New Day) to have every one of their support, it means the world to me. I think the dream for anyone in any vocation or craft is getting to do cool things at the top of your craft, but getting to do it with your friends. I will always remember the three of us fighting to get on TV, and we've been able to do so many cool, incredible things. I've been able to grow so much as a person and a performer because of these guys."
E's first World Title win came after 12 years in the WWE system (including nine on the main roster). Despite this, the big man wouldn't have had it any other way, saying that his triumph felt earned because it was so long in the making:-
"I could not have written a better career for myself. I'm glad in many ways that it took so long, because it feels earned. I'm glad I wasn't handed things right away. I got to live the dream and be WWE Champion, and my best friends came out and celebrated with me. I'll never forget it."
The new WWE Champion ended Bobby Lashley's reign at 196 days after successfully cashing-in his Money in the Bank briefcase, defeating Lashley after surviving a near-fall and hitting the Big Ending. This came after Bobby had successfully defended the strap against Randy Orton. A match originally booked for Extreme Rules 2021 closed on Lashley taking advantage of Orton getting distracted by MVP on the outside, putting Randy down when he returned to the ring.
Lashley had a long, well-protected reign on top, but E is the guy now - and he's delighted:-
"That's the cherry on top, respect from your peers. We have so much talent (across all WWE brands). To have people I respect, I love watching pushing for me backstage, say 'job well done.' I'm thankful for all of it."
See below for the full interview:-
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