Big E reflects on all of the black representation being seen in the world of professional wrestling.
The year 2021 has seen two black women headline WrestleMania, two black wrestlers fighting in a unification match to merge the TNA and IMPACT Wrestling World Championships, and now, the first-ever black Money in the Bank winner in Big E.
Speaking with Bleacher Report, Big E reflected on the black representation being seen throughout wrestling in and out of WWE.
"I really think we're in a good position as far as seeing more diverse faces," he said. "What I love, too, is when you watch Bianca and Sasha, when I watched that match, I didn't think, 'Oh, they thought it was time to have two Black women in a world title match at WrestleMania, so they picked two they thought could do a decent job and put them in there.' No! To me, it felt very clear: These are two of the best women in the world at what they do and they are beyond deserving. They just so happen to be Black women. That is my hope and that's where we're at."
"When I look around, I see so many incredible Black performers, inside and outside of our company. "It feels like a really great time for Black wrestlers, and there are so many Black wrestling fans that I feel are starting to see themselves on screen. I really do believe that representation matters in media. When you see people that look like you, especially as a kid, you can think, 'Oh, that's something I can do because there are people that look like me that have done it in the past.'
"We're starting to get on a good path as far as seeing diverse faces and even beyond that. Backstage, we have so many... There are at least four or five Black women who are writers, working in positions backstage and just in the office. On-screen and off-screen in WWE, seeing people reflect what our world looks like, that's the goal, and I'm excited to be a part of that."
Big E kicked off his Money in the Bank run on the July 23 SmackDown. Check out the full results here.