Former WWE Champion Big E, who is also a two-time Intercontinental Champion and a former eight-time WWE Tag Team Champion, recently opened up about spending time in rehab. He said it was one of the hardest things he had ever experienced.
Big E won the WWE Championship back in September. He was set to receive his main event push earlier this year according to reports, which also suggests he was set to win the Royal Rumble match and challenge for a world title at WrestleMania 37.
Big E considers rehab one of the hardest things he’s ever had to do
But for some reason, the push was called off. It wasn’t cancelled, it was just postponed. In July, his main event push officially began when he won the Money in the Bank ladder match at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view event. He carried the briefcase for two months and he had been touted as a very strong force during that time. He was not beaten by anyone during this phase of his career.
In September, he moved to Monday Night RAW and cashed his Money in the Bank on former WWE Champion Bobby Lashley after The Almighty was challenged by Viper Randy Orton for the WWE Title. E cashed in his contract after Lashley successfully defeated Orton.
E cashed in his contract to win his first and only WWE Championship. He had been quite a dominant champion. He beat Bobby Lashley in consecutive matches. These league games were reserved to show his dominance. He retained the championship for almost four months before finally dropping it to Brock Lesnar. It was a 5-way fatal match in the day 1 pay-per-view event.
Everyone expected an incredible title run from Big E. But something was missing. He could never be the champion everyone thought he would be. It is a bit difficult to understand what was still missing.
But one thing most fans and critics could agree on is his stuff that never made him serious business. A comedic gimmick is never world championship material. It is a pity that this path has not understood this simple fact.
No one took him seriously as champion and fans were mostly focused on the other rivalries that were going on during his time as champion. If WWE wants to make him champion again, they need to change his gimmick before that. Otherwise, he could never be a worthy champion. At the Day 1 pay-per-view event, he dropped the title to Brock Lesnar.
Big E, who is also a former two-time Intercontinental Champion and a former eight-time WWE Tag Team Champion, recently spoke to WWE Die Woche where he talked about spending time in rehab. He said it was one of the hardest things he had ever experienced. He said;
“Honestly, rehab is one of the hardest things I’ve ever been through. Especially dealing with tearing my ACL at 18. You go through nine months, and rehab can take two hours and more. It’s on top of your weightlifting and all the other things you do. But it takes a lot of time and effort, and it’s not easy to go from surgery to working on your mobility to regaining your strength, to push her.
“One thing that, you know, a lot of athletes go through that I’ve talked to is just trusting your body. It’s still a big thing, it’s, okay, the first time I did the same move I tore my ACL, I have to do it again. I have to trust that my body is capable of doing it regularly.
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