Former WWE Champion Big E has said he “did not expect” to be moved to SmackDown and reunite with the New Day following his title loss at Day 1.
Big E, who cashed in Money in the Bank last September to become WWE Champion, lost the title at the January 1st event to Brock Lesnar, a last-minute addition to the title match.
In a conversation with TalkSport, Big E said he didn’t expect to be reunited with Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods, but is pleased to be part of the New Day again:
“For me, [this] was a transition I will say I did not expect at this time in my career… I don’t want any of that to be perceived as me taking away from being with Kofi and Woods. [Reuniting with them] is my greatest delight.”
Big E’s title loss has been a sore spot with fans and those in the industry, with many believing the powerhouse was never given a chance to prove himself as WWE Champion.
Responding to the support he’s had since losing the title, Big E said:
“It means the world to me that I have the respect of my peers because above money, fame or success, I think the way you carry yourself as a human being, how you interact with your peers, your friends, and strangers, it matters.”
WWE reportedly has no plans to push Big E as a singles champion at this time.