While speaking to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, WWE Champion Big E was asked about being the fourth black world champion in WWE history. His current title reign has come during a time where more and more athletes of color are beginning to get opportunities in wrestling than ever before, something Big E applauds for the industry.
“I think it’s just a really great time for black men and women in our industry. We’re currently in a boom period because there is just so much talent who are very good at what they do and so happen to be black, whether it’s Bianca Belair, Sasha banks, or Bobby Lashley, they’re all talented and unique and just so happen to be black.”
Big E was also asked if he still shoulders a lot of pressure now that more black talent are getting opportunities. The Champion stated that he could shoulder the pressure while still remaining true to himself.
“For sure. When you have a sea of Black talent, gay and lesbian talent, and talent from all these different backgrounds, you don’t have to speak for everyone when you’re not the only one. I’m proud to be a black man in this industry, but I don’t have to be everything for all black people. I can just be myself.” (H/T WrestlingInc.com)