Big E says he was almost part of the Shield. The Intercontinental champion eventually moved to the main roster as a solo act.
Big E is currently in the middle of a long awaited singles run. He is on his second reign as the Intercontinental Champion and will likely head to Wrestlemania 37 in a couple of months with the title wrapped around his waist.
Big E is yet to partake in a singles match at the Grandest stage of all. He has spent a majority of his career with the New Day and most of his matches at Wrestlemania have been tag team clashes. E wouldn’t mind though seeing as he enjoyed being part of that trio. It seems however, that the New Day wasn’t the first stable he was considered to be a part of.
Big E says he was almost part of the Shield
During his 24 special on the WWE Network, Big E revealed that he was training alongside, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose. There was deliberation on whether they should all be called up together as part of a group. In the end, the original three members of the Shield debuted together, while E became Dolph Ziggler’s heater.
“My first feeling of getting called up was 2012. I was doing loops. Any collective period of days is a loop. It’s Roman [Reigns], Seth [Rollins], Dean [Ambrose], and me. There was some thought of bringing all four of us in together as a group. Obviously, that changes, they go on to international fame as The Shield. I was told, ‘You’re going to be with Dolph and AJ, on your very first night, you’re going to attack John Cena.’ I’m thinking, ‘Man, this is it.”
#WWETheBump proudly celebrates #BlackHistoryMonth.@WWE Intercontinental Champion @WWEBigE continues to shine as a singles competitor, but he wants to make sure it all adds to the legacy of the #NewDay.#WWE24: Big E is available now on @WWENetwork. pic.twitter.com/jIPFlJcW43
— WWE’s The Bump (@WWETheBump) February 28, 2021
All three members of the Shield went on to become World Champions in the WWE. As a group however, the New Day can very well compete with the Shield. The trio were a dominant force in the tag division and maybe one day Big E will emulate Kofi Kingston and pursue the WWE Championship.
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