Big E cashed in his Money in the Bank contract and became WWE Champion a couple of week ago, but this was not the original plan. There was a thought to hold off until the WWE Draft for Big E’s title win, but the company wanted to get a jump on that. Renee Paquette believes Big E’s win was thanks to AEW’s momentum, but Vince McMahon’s company carries on with blinders on, trying to ignore competition.
Ringside News exclusively reported when WWE made the call about Big E’s Money in the Bank cash-in. That call was made at SmackDown in Madison Square Garden. Big E has since all but confirmed our previous report.
While speaking to Oral Sessions, Big E went into the last steps of his journey toward the WWE Title. He had different travel plans for that week, but then WWE called Big E up and told him that those plans changed. It wasn’t until he arrived in the building for RAW that he was told about his big cash-in.
“I didn’t know I was going to RAW ’til that Saturday. We did the show in New York and I was driving from New York to DC, and then I just got a call that my travel and everything was adjusted. So I was like, ‘okay, I’m going to RAW.’ But it wasn’t until Monday afternoon, pretty much right before I sent the tweet, that it was like, ‘alright, all systems are go and this is what we’re doing.’ So pretty much from then on, it feels like my life changed because everything has been so much more hectic. I had a bunch of people reach out and do interviews that Monday. It’s like, ‘alright, we have to do these interviews Monday afternoon.’ I was like, ‘nothing’s been done yet. I just sent out a tweet.’ But things were already in motion.”
“You know how it is in our industry; you don’t really know until it happens. So I always kept waiting for some sort of swerve or a segment to run too long, or something to happen where I’d have to back pedal or maybe even lose the briefcase. I don’t want this to sound arrogant, but a part of me did. But a larger part of me thought, ‘there’s no way this is going to happen because people would lose their minds. People would be upset.’ That’s not good heat. That’s not compelling, ‘oh, let me watch this.’ That’s like, ‘alright you’ve let me down once more’ heat.”
Big E will continue as WWE Champion through the 2021 WWE Draft. It will be interesting to see who ends up on which brand when everything is said and done, but he was able to keep that title through two different matches against Bobby Lashley on RAW this week. That is just the beginning of his time on top, and Big E will continue working to make sure of that.
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Transcription by Ringside News