On the debut episode of Talking Smack on August 22, The Miz and Big got into a discussion about privilege in WWE. Miz argued that Kofi had not worked hard enough for an opportunity at a WWE Title rematch while Big E argued that Miz doesn't know about Kofi's hard work across 11 years because more opportunities had been given to him.
Speaking to UPROXX, Miz explained the dynamic between the two.
“Every time I have a conversation with Big E, he’s always enlightening,” Miz said. “To be honest, I got told I was doing Talking Smack an hour before I was doing it. WWE knows, ‘Hey we need a host, fill him in right now.’ I didn’t have any time to prepare because I was doing Smackdown right before that. I put my suit on and went at it and just started talking. We got into a discussion where I felt I was right and he felt he was right. I had positive and negative feedback from that show. Big E and I talked about it. My goal was to showcase Big E not just being a goofball, not just throwing pancakes. I wanted to show people he has a serious side. How do I get that out of him? I didn’t need to do that. He has a serious side and when we started talking, I think people looked at him and said, ‘Wow, this is Big E.’ I’ve been a WWE champion and I’ve been in the main event,” he continues. “I know what it takes, what the brass is looking for. Sometimes when you’re goofy and funny, you’re just entertainment, you’re not a main event poster child. I know what Big E is saying. I know he doesn’t want to be a bland superstar.”
Miz ended by saying, "If you listen to Big E in the first and second Talking Smack, they’re different. But they’re both a serious Big E and that Big E is a main-event-caliber, money-making Universal champion-type superstar. I do believe that Big E will be able to be a world champion very quickly.”
Xavier Woods was originally set to serve as the co-host for Talking Smack but he didn't find out about the role until it was too late, which led to Miz filling in.
Big E is currently set to compete in a fatal four-way match on SmackDown with the winner earning a WWE Universal Title shot.