Big E hasn't forgotten those who have helped him along the way.
Throughout his years in WWE, Big E has been helped out by plenty of other superstars during his career. Speaking on WWE After The Bell, Big E reflected and credited those who gave him advice and made him better during his 11 year WWE career.
"The only finisher I've ever used is the Big Ending. Curt Hawkins [Brian Myers] gave that to me in 2009. We were just in the ring and it was called the Bodybag. He showed it to me and I forgot how we came up with the Big Ending, but he gave it to me. Darren Young showed me how to gorilla press. Michael Tarver meant so much to me because I remember I was so green and he was ready to go up and seasoned. They just had us wrestle and I was a year into the business. I was not a Chad Gable or [Kurt Angle] who picked things up immediately. Tarver and I were just married. We had six matches and he would sit down and talk to me about psychology. Not just in a broad sense, but the way he perceived me. He would say, 'I see you as a black superman.' No one else was giving me that sense of confidence. He helped me on how I wanted to portray my character and the stuff between the moves. That was the first time I got to think of my character in a holistic sense. Dr. Tom meant a lot to my career, just a guy who needed the basics and the way we drilled the fundamentals over and over. A guy like me needed it. Joey Mercury, I feel like I had a basic moveset, and he helped fine-tune things. At the time, Samoa Joe wasn't with the company and he was like, 'yeah, we'll just steal Joe's corner uranage.' Fit Finlay was the one who came up with the idea of the apron spear," he said.
Big E went on to say that he wants to be a positive light for others like those men were for him.
Big E is currently on the SmackDown brand, embarking on a solo journey after Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods were moved to Raw in the 2020 Draft.
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