WWE superstar Big E appeared on Barstool Sports My Mom’s Basement show where the New Day member credited former WWE champion CM Punk for saving his career during his early stint on the main roster.
Big E states that he had a good pairing with AJ Lee and Dolph Ziggler, but wasn’t able to use his NXT “Five Count” gimmick for whatever reason. It was there that Big E touches on his Intercontinental championship run, thanking Punk in the process.
My NXT run, I loved and there are elements of that, that I do miss. Being a powerhouse and having something unique like the five count. I tried when I came up and that wasn’t something that we were going to do on the main roster despite having this great theme. There was no explanation, I didn’t do it. I thought I came up in a good spot with Dolph Ziggler and AJ to where I could branch out and do my own stuff, but it didn’t work out that way. I had the IC Title run, and I have to give credit to Punk, he pretty much saved my career by putting in a good word for me. I got to work Punk, win the IC Title, and I was established then. There’s a good amount of people who give me feedback and say, ‘You can be World Champion,’ and I believe that as well. And I’m prepared for it. I’ve never felt like I need to turn on Kofi and Woods and leave New Day behind to accomplish that goal.