Following his Intercontinental Championship win at the end of 2020, Big E has spent the majority of 2021 feuding with Apollo Crews.
Since becoming a singles competitor when he was drafted to SmackDown in the 2020 WWE Draft, many pundits wanted Big E to drop the comedy and prove he could be serious. In the feud with Crews, which included a Nigerian Drum Fight at WrestleMania, Big E believes he accomplished just that.
"Has it been perfect?" Big E questioned when asked by Ryan Satin on Out of Character about his feud with Crews before saying, "I'll say, he's extremely talented and a guy who I have enjoyed seeing him step up. He's a guy, if you paid any attention, you always knew 'he's extremely talented and he can do a bunch of things.' The fact that he's a high-flier but can do strong stuff, he's a weird hybrid who can do it all and has a great look. To finally see him get more opportunities and to kill it. He's a guy who, I feel like we have great chemistry in the ring and we never really had done much of anything until this past year because he was always a babyface and I had been a babyface for a long time. It's been rewarding to see him step up and kill it. He and I have done a good job in-ring. I'm pleased with what we brought to the table."
Big E continued by saying, "One of the things I liked is being able to show a serious side. As much as I enjoy being funny and making people laugh, being able to show a certain intensity -- a few months ago we were really in the midst of a program leading into WrestleMania where things got to a real boil as far as intensity is concerned. I was appreciative of that opportunity where I didn't have to be always smiling or not caring about losing and putting on a smile and going out there. I liked being able to show that different side."
The rivalry between Crews and Big E seemingly concluded in a Money in the Bank qualifying match, which was won by Big E. Crews remains the Intercontinental Champion.
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