Former WWE Champion Big E has discussed how he isn’t happy with his run with the title belt, having lost the gold to Brock Lesnar at Day 1.
Big E won the Money In The Bank briefcase in July 2021, and waited just two months to cash-in for his guaranteed match. The New Day member picked up the win over Bobby Lashley in a historic title switch between two African Americans – the first time in history that had happened.
Having held the belt for the rest of 2021, Big E lost the title in a fatal five-way contest at Day 1 at the start of the year, with Brock Lesnar picking up the WWE Championship after his originally scheduled match for the Universal Championship was called off when Roman Reigns gave a positive COVID-19 test.
In a discussion with Sports Illustrated, Big E talked about how he doesn’t feel he got a full meal out of his run with the gold.
I wanted it to be a five-course meal, and it was more of an appetizer. I’m overly critical of my work to begin with, so I wouldn’t say I was happy with it. My hope was to knock it out of the park, and I fell a bit short. So it’s motivating to start that climb back.
Big E also spoke on how the match was originally meant to be a singles encounter, however after other successful matches more wrestlers kept getting added.
Initially, it was supposed to be me and Seth. Seth was named the No. 1 contender early, so we had some time, and that’s when I wrestled Kevin. That worked out really well, so he got added to the match, and then so did Bobby. So what it became was much different than what it was supposed to be.
I got to the building thinking we were going to have our four-way. I didn’t know about Roman being unavailable until that afternoon, a few hours before the show. That threw a wrench into our match, as well as ripple effects to Raw and SmackDown.