WWE Superstar and New Day Member Big E opened up on his feelings following George Floyd’s death and how it affected him.
The United States has been engulfed in racial turmoil for some time now. The political unrest reached its zenith following the unfortunate passing away of George Floyd. Many came out in support and demanded justice for the deceased. It was no different in the WWE. A host of wrestlers came out to show their solidarity.
New Day’s Big E revealed that he felt anger and frustration after hearing about it. He wanted to do something positive but understands that change will not just come about and may even take a lifetime. However, he wants people to continue engaging in conversations regardless of how uncomfortable it may be.
Big E opens up on George Floyd’s death
“Right after George Floyd passed, we had lengthy conversations, the three of us (The New Day) in our text group,” Big said in an interview with Yahoo Sports. “I can’t think of anything that hit me so much in my lifetime.”
“I think a lot of it had to do with the pandemic and the fact that we had all of this time to think. There were very few distractions. It was something I kept thinking about day and night. It really weighed on me. I felt that even though I didn’t know how to change the structure or end systemic racism, I wanted to do something with my anger and frustration, I wanted to do something positive and we were all on the same page with that.”
He revealed speaking with Vince about his desire to do something and the WWE Chairman being completely on board with it.
“When Kofi and I got to the Performance Center that day, we felt like we had to do something,” Big E continued. “We went and had a conversation with our boss, Vince McMahon, and he was completely on board.
“I just want us to be a part of continuing conversations
“We felt like that even if it was just a five-second gesture, it was important to let people know that the things that affected them, we were feeling too. We’re not above this because we’re on TV or because we make money, we’re still people. I was born Black, I will die Black, I have lived my life as Black American much longer than I will ever be a WWE wrestler.”
“This is not something that will be resolved by next week. This is something that is going to take work over months and years and honestly over a lifetime in many ways,” Big E said. “I just want us to be a part of continuing conversations, having uncomfortable conversations. I think too often we have shied away from talking about race, talking about police brutality and systemic racism because it can be so uncomfortable and awkward.”
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