Recently, Booker T – and some fans – have insinuated that Big E needs a character change to become a world champion in WWE. I’m calling BS.
Big E is finally ready for another singles run in WWE. It’s easy to forget since it’s been so long, but E was the second NXT Champion in the company’s history, beating multi-time main roster world champion Seth Rollins for the honor. He’s held the Intercontinental Title, too.
If you make a checklist of what it takes to be a world champion in a professional wrestling promotion, Big E has it. He’s witty. He’s charming. There’s a word for that. It’s called charisma, and Big E is one of the top five most charismatic wrestlers on the roster. (Please don’t comment to this article ranking your top five, I don’t care that much.)
E is also a record-breaking powerlifter. So duh, he’s strong as hell. Yet he can still do moves off the top rope and move as explosively as a football player…because he was also a college football player for a pretty damn good program called the Iowa Hawkeyes.
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And E knows the business in and out. He’s been wrestling at the highest level for years as part of arguably the greatest tag team in the history of the company. When you watch his matches, whether it’s a random tag match against Cesaro and someone else or a Hell in a Cell all-time classic with the Usos, he’s always trying something new. Always.
What surpasses anything E does in the ring, though, is his connection with the crowd. The man is great at what he does and passionate about what he does, and his passion and powerful positivity emanate through the screen. It’s infectious. His laughter. His jokes. His serious side. It all resonates.
So for the life of me, I cannot comprehend what on earth Big E would need to change in order to become a world champion in his current singles run, which could become the story of the summer in the WWE SmackDown Men’s Division.
Like, what does E not have that The Fiend, Braun Strowman, or anyone else on the Blue Brand who has won a WWE Title recently has?
The answer is nothing. Big E is missing nothing. So Booker T can go on his podcast and talk about what E needs to change and fans can spin their wheels about it, but the reality is that E is world championship material as he is. He’s good enough to be world champion and years ago when he was a prospect, he was an NXT and Intercontinental Champion.
What needs to change and what stands as the problem impeding Big E’s success as a singles star in WWE is one person and one person only. And that is Vince McMahon. Because Vince talks about appreciating the New Day. But when push comes to shove, he doesn’t, you know, PUSH. Even Kofi Kingston, who is one of the greatest wrestlers of the last decade, got squashed to end his excellent world title reign.
Now Big E finally has an opportunity to be a main event player. And if Booker T thinks he needs to have a character change and Vince wants to drag his feet, that’s fine. Because WWE fans? They’re not waiting anymore. They’re not content with Big E being just a great tag team wrestler. They know that he is a world champion-caliber wrestler, and the fans will push for him to win that world title.
They will get behind him, even without the benefit of a live crowd, and it is because the fans know better than anyone else that E is capable. He is going to prove a lot of people wrong and not by changing his character, but by simply turning things up to “12” (he’s already at 11!) and seizing his opportunity.
He doesn’t need to change the bright colors. Macho Man had them! He doesn’t need to “get serious” either. Big E has always been serious. Again, only one person and one person only needs to get serious, and that is Vince McMahon. Vince needs to get serious about pushing an incredibly gifted all-around wrestler who has a chance to be a huge star as a world champion and help bring back interest into a product whose ratings are declining rapidly.