Big E has given an impassioned promo following his historic win on RAW where he defeated Bobby Lashley to become WWE Champion.
Mr. Money In The Bank made his intentions known earlier on Monday before RAW went on the air, revealing that he’d be at Monday’s show and was bringing his briefcase to cash in.
That put both WWE Champion Bobby Lashley and Randy Orton on notice – as those two men were set to meet in the advertised main event for the WWE Title. In the end, Lashley outlasted The Viper and came away still holding onto his belt.
Big E stayed true to his word and immediately made his presence felt, cashing for his own WWE Championship match with The All Mighty one. Big E managed to connect with his Big Ending for the win and his first WWE Championship.
Speaking to WWE broadcaster Kevin Patrick after RAW went off the air, the new WWE Champion was joined by The New Day when he said:
“It’s hard to contextualize something like this. Man, it’s the moments, I think that I really treasure, and man, I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about the moment I go out, the music hits, and that crowd, even though they’ve seen me a dozen times tonight, man, like, to have people, your peers, to have fans…and these two jackasses [Kingston & Woods]. To have everyone play a part, it means the world to me. So, I’m appreciative, for sure.”
Xavier Woods then interrupted:
“This man has been fighting, trying to get this thing for I don’t know how long.”
Kofi Kingston continued:
“I am so very happy right now. Man, this is incredible. I don’t want to say it was unexpected, because I knew it was gonna happen but the fact that this moment is now in reality is… I’m trying not to cuss, it’s freaking awesome, man. I’m so proud of you, man, you’ve worked so amazingly hard and to have watched your journey. Man, you know what I’m saying? And to see it culminating right now, and this is just the beginning, bro. It’s not over, this is just the beginning, dude. Look at you.”
Big E then carried on and discussed the times when he and The New Day would have to fight just to get on television:
“I think the dream for anyone in any vocation or craft, or anything, is getting to do really cool things, to get to the top of your craft, but to do it with your best friends, and you know… I always tell this story because I never wanna forget… I will always remember the three of us just fighting to get on TV. And man, we’ve been able to do so many cool, incredible things, and I got to grow so much as a person and as a performer because of these guys, and 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 that I wasn’t handed things right away, that I had time to grow, to do all the things that we had chances to do. So, I got to live the dream.”
“I got to be WWE Champion and my best friends come out, and celebrate with me, and we huddle, and we have these moments that I’ll never forget.”
Big E concluded by discussing what it meant to have the stars of WWE waiting backstage after his win to celebrate with him:
“That’s the cherry on top. Respect from your peers, from the people who… man, we have so much talent in the locker rooms, on SmackDown, on RAW, NXT, NXT UK, and to have people really you respect, who I love watching, push so hard for me all these years, to be backstage, to be there and just say, ‘Job well done,’ whatever… again, I’m just very… thankful for all of it.”