King Woods looks back on the WWE Championship run from Big E and his memorable appearances in boxing matches
It took two Brock Lesnar F5s on New Years Day to pin down and end the WWE Championship reign of Big E at 110 days.
Although this reign was relatively short-lived, it was memorable. Without forgetting, historical.
When Big E successfully cashed in his Money in the Bank contract on September 13 to shock and grab the title from Bobby Lashley on Raw, he only became the fourth black WWE Champion in company history.
And that thrilling victory would become the launching pad for electric moments, including his successful title defense against Drew McIntyre via a fierce match at Crown Jewel in October and enough scintillating clashes with Universal champion Roman Reigns to pave the way for them to hand -Event Survivor Series in November. Although Big E failed in this match, the Champion v Champion match was thrilling.
The two were supposed to face each other again on WWE Day 1 on January 1, but those plans were dashed when Reigns tested positive for COVID-19 and Big E found himself in a Fatal 5-Way match against Lashley, Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens and Brock Lesnar instead, with the latter ultimately claiming the title.
That being said, when The New Day member King Woods looks back on the run for the WWE Championship from Big E, he not only remembers some of the aforementioned moments but also how the 35-year-old was able to transcend the ring.
âWatching him go through this tear as a champion was amazing,â Woods told DAZN News on a recent Zoom call.
“Not only to see the matches he offered on the shows he was in, but more importantly, to see the effect he was having on other entities that were not aligned with the wrestling.”
As the champion, Big E did everything from helping to pitch Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder for their epic trilogy fight at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas to pissing off his former University of Iowa college football team.
For good measure, he helped introduce Shawn Porter for his welterweight tilt against Terence Crawford in Las Vegas last November.
The sheer scale of impact Big E had with each of these appearances only explains what it means to be WWE Champion in King Woods’ eyes.
âSeeing him at college football games, boxing matches, UFC fightsâ¦ everyone realizes that the WWE heavyweight champion is very important. He is the guy. The female champion is the woman, âWoods explained.
âThey are not just professional wrestlers, they are not just athletes, they are pure artists and they can reside anywhere in the entertainment.
âSo seeing E get his hands in that bag,â he continued, âand make sure people understand that first and foremost is how I will remember his run.â