The New Day arrived in WWE with their own stories. Big E readily admits that he never had to face the adversity due to having small size like Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods. He did have a learn the business from the ground up.

During The New Day: Feel The Power, Big E discussed starting out in WWE. He came in from a football background with no previous pro wrestling experience. He joked about “waltzing in” and getting a job, but it was much harder than it looked.

“I go last typically and I tell the story of being some failed meathead football player loser who strolled in with his big popping pecs and said, ‘Is this where y’all do the rastlin?’ and they gave me a job that’s exactly how it went down — I knew nothing about the business.”

“I watched as a kid, but I knew nothing. I didn’t aspire to do this, I just waltzed in. I waltzed my big ass in, ‘I need this job y’all got! I need this $500 a week’ because that’s what it used to be. $500 a week you had to find out a way to make that work.”


“I was very appreciative of the job. It was jarring to go from an athletic standpoint previously to now becoming a pro wrestler and one of the most unsettling parts for me was how do you deal with being in front of an audience in essentially your underwear and getting their attention especially if you know nothing about wrestling when you’re just learning.”

Big E said that “I think across the board” it gets easier to perform on a big stage like WrestleMania. What was nerve racking was performing in front of a bare show in Florida like he had to start out in FCW when no one knew or cared who he was.

He said that he would then realize that he had love handles and was standing in front of strangers in his underwear as he could hear them talk about him. Obviously, he was able to make it through those hard times, but it still stands as something Big E had to endure to learn the ropes.

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