“I want to feel like I continue to bring value to this team. So I guess seeing Kofi take charge — he’s our World Champion right now, he’s the guy on our brand, on SmackDown Live — so right now, I guess, for me, I feel that, you know what? I want to be able to keep up. [Kingston] is kind of like the pace car right now, and I want to be able to keep up as well.”
“So I guess that’s kind of one thing and I’m always looking. I’ll use anything as motivation to continue to get better and display how good I am and what I want to bring to the trio,” he admitted.
Big E On Inclusivity And Representation
Big E also addressed WWE’s push for more inclusion and representation. He highlighted Kingston’s championship victory as well as Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, and Ronda Rousey main eventing WrestleMania 35 as important moments for pro wrestling.
“[…] the problem is, a lot of times people bristle at the mere mention of race or representation or feminism or whatever minority group there is that’s trying to have a voice in media, people don’t even want to have that discussion. But I think for Kofi to be the first African-born champion I think is such an incredible feat. And also Becky Lynch and Ronda and Charlotte being able to close WrestleMania, to have the women close the biggest show of the year, is also pretty incredible.”
Despite these steps, however, Big E stressed that the discussion over inclusivity is one that everyone needs to be open to. He added that being able to have a discourse about these subjects is a huge step forward for pro wrestling—one he hopes continues to grow.