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Big E’s Career Told In Photos, Through The Years – All About Wrestling


Just a few wrestlers within the trade can boast of their capability to painting any character given to them to perfection. Big E is a type of wrestlers who gave his greatest to play any character, be it a powerhouse bodyguard to a goofy persona spreading the ability of positivity.

The previous WWE Champion has the proper mixture of in-ring capability and charisma, which helped him achieve many followers for himself over the course of his profession. He is likely to be presently out of motion because of damage, however the love he receives from his co-workers and followers proves the extent of respect he gained from his followers and associates alike.

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With that mentioned, let’s look into Massive E’s professional wrestling profession by means of footage taken through the years.

9 Coaching & Debut

Massive E’s first alternative for a profession was to change into knowledgeable footballer, however after accidents disadvantaged him of his desires, Massive E tried out for skilled wrestling on the suggestion of an individual who knew WWE Corridor of Famer Jim Ross.

He obtained a tryout from WWE, which led to him signing a developmental contract with the promotion in 2009. He obtained assigned to Florida Championship Wrestling, the place he skilled and carried out till 2012 earlier than WWE rebranded it to NXT.

Throughout his time in FCW, Massive E would go on to win the FCW Florida Tag Staff Championship alongside Calvin Raines and held the titles for 70 days.

8 NXT Champion

Massive E made his televised debut for NXT on the August 1, 2012, episode the place he defeated a wrestler named Adam Mercer. From there, Massive E began a successful streak and received a number of squash matches through which he demanded the referees depend to 5 moderately than three.

After a quick program with Vickie Guerrero, Massive E then began a rivalry with The Protect, which resulted in him defeating Seth Rollins to win the NXT Championship.

Massive E held the NXT Championship for a formidable 168 days and defended it towards the likes of Brad Maddox and Conor O’Brian earlier than dropping it to Bo Dallas in Might 2013.


7 Essential Roster Debut & Alliance With AJ Lee & Dolph Ziggler

Massive E made his most important roster debut on the December 17, 2012, episode of Uncooked, the place he attacked John Cena and aligned himself with AJ Lee, turning into an enforcer for the latter and her boyfriend, Dolph Ziggler.

Massive E stood by Ziggler and AJ Lee’s facet and was of their nook when Ziggler cashed in his MITB contract on Alberto Del Rio to win the World Heavyweight Championship.

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He then feuded towards Dolph Ziggler after the latter dumped AJ Lee, and it culminated at SummerSlam 2013 when Lee and Massive E misplaced to Ziggler and Kaitlyn in a blended tag staff match.

6 Intercontinental Champion (First Reign)

Following his alliance with AJ Lee, Massive E turned face by aiding CM Punk in keeping off Ryback and Curtis Axel. It led to Punk and Massive E defeating Axel and Ryback in a tag staff match, with Massive E pinning Axel to select up the win.

Since Curtis Axel was the Intercontinental Champion on the time, Massive E obtained a shot on the title, however the deliberate match did not happen at Hell in a Cell 2013 after Axel sustained a legit damage. Massive E challenged Dean Ambrose for the USA Title on the occasion however solely received by countout. He obtained one other alternative the next evening on Uncooked however could not win the title after Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins interfered.

Massive E obtained his postponed alternative at Curtis Axel’s Intercontinental Championship on the November 18, 2013, episode of Uncooked, the place he lastly received the title. He held the title for 167 days earlier than dropping it to Dangerous Information Barrett at Excessive Guidelines 2014.

5 Formation Of The New Day

By mid-2014, Massive E began teaming with Kofi Kingston in a number of tag staff matches however ended up on the shedding facet on all events. They continued their shedding streak till Xavier Woods satisfied them to show towards the followers and be part of forces to kind The New Day.

The brand new alliance would grow to be profitable for Massive E because the trio would go on to win the gold at Excessive Guidelines 2015, the place they defeated Tyson Kidd and Cesaro to seize the WWE Tag Staff Championships. They held the titles for 49 days earlier than shedding to The Prime Time Gamers at Cash within the Financial institution 2015.

4 Longest Reigning Tag Staff Champion

After the tip of The New Day’s first tag staff title reign, the trio was fast to recapture the title as they received a deadly four-way tag staff match at SummerSlam 2015 to win again the WWE Tag Staff Championships.

The New Day would go on to carry the title for a very long time, and it resulted in them breaking Demolition’s 28-year-old record to change into the longest-reigning tag staff champions in WWE historical past once they crossed the 478-day mark. They misplaced the titles to Sheamus and Cesaro at Roadblock 2016 to finish their reign at a report 483-days.

3 Serving to Kofi Kingston Win The WWE Championship

The New Day continued to dominate the tag staff division and received three extra tag staff titles between July 2017 and October 2018. Nevertheless, Massive E needed to preserve his pursuits apart as he and Xavier Woods grew to become an important a part of the KofiMania storyline to assist their New Day brother Kofi Kingston win the WWE Championship.

Massive E stood beside Kingston within the latter’s quest to defeat Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship and within the course of, competed in a collection of matches to get Kingston to his vacation spot.

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After overcoming all of the obstacles, Massive E and Xavier Woods had been in Kofi Kingston’s nook as he went on to make historical past by defeating Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania 35 to win the WWE Championship.

2 Singles Run & Intercontinental Champion

Alongside his New Day brothers, Massive E continued to win extra tag staff championships till the 2020 draft, through which the trio break up up after Massive E obtained drafted to SmackDown whereas Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods obtained drafted to Uncooked.

Massive E then began his singles journey and set his sights on the Intercontinental Championship. He defeated Sami Zayn on the December 22, 2020, episode of SmackDown to win the title for the second time in his profession and defended it on a number of events towards Apollo Crews earlier than dropping it to him in a Nigerian Drum Battle at WrestleMania 37.

1 Mr. MITB, WWE Champion & Harm

Following the tip of his Intercontinental Championship reign, Massive E certified for the 2021 males’s Cash within the Financial institution ladder match. He defeated Drew McIntyre, John Morrison, Kevin Owens, Shinsuke Nakamura, Ricochet, Seth Rollins, and Riddle at the namesake PPV to win the MITB contract.

He efficiently cashed within the contract on Bobby Lashley on the September 13, 2021, episode of Uncooked to win the WWE Championship for the primary time in his profession. He defended it towards the likes of Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley, and Idea earlier than he dropped it to Brock Lesnar on the Day 1 PPV in January 2022, ending his reign at 110 days.

Massive E then reunited with Kofi Kingston on SmackDown and feuded with Joyful Corbin and Madcap Moss. He additionally competed within the 2022 males’s Royal Rumble match in an unsuccessful try, however his momentum obtained utterly halted after he sustained a critical neck damage after taking a botched overhead belly-to-belly suplex at ringside, which took him out of motion indefinitely.


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