Big E Originally Wanted To 'Get Out' Of Wrestling At 35, Says He Has A Few Years Left

At the age of 35, Big E is at the top of the mountain on WWE RAW as the WWE Champion.

Big E made his in-ring debut in 2009 and though he's at the height of his career at the moment, he thought he would be done wrestling when he hit 35.

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“I’ve got a few more years left in me. I don’t really know when that time will be… but when you’re 23, 35 feels like it’s ages from now and that you’ll be an old man and beat up. So 35 felt like at the time a good time to get out and I don’t want to overstay my welcome. I was talking to one of our refs, Rod Zapata, and I’ve known him since I got to FCW - so I’ve known him for 12 years. We’ve talked about how I’d spoken about getting out at 35 but I think, in many ways, a lot of wrestlers' primes are like 35, 40… We’re seeing Bobby Lashley now having his best run in his mid-40s. We have so many guys now… Randy Orton, AJ Styles, Kofi Kingston, Bobby Roode, Dolph Ziggler - so many guys in their 40s performing at such a high level. They look great and are ageing well. So, I don't know if I’m going to wrestle into my forties as I always told myself that I would make sure I was out before then, but my body feels great. In the ring, I feel leaner and my cardio is getting better. There’s so much about where I’m at physically that I’m really appreciating. So, if my body holds up, I’m feeling good and it makes sense, then we’ll keep going for a few more years," Big E told Gary Stonehouse of The Sun.

Big E is set to defend his WWE Championship against Kevin Owens, Bobby Lashley, and Seth Rollins in a fatal four-way bout at WWE Day 1.

On Monday's Raw, Big E teamed with Lashley to defeat Owens and Rollins. If you missed anything from WWE Raw, check out Fightful's full report on the show by clicking here.

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