For the previous 446 days, Roman Reigns has stood alone as WWE’s prime champion.
Though there are two prime titles for the lads’s roster, it’s Reigns who’s the face of WWE. Reigns gained the common championship in August 2020. Since then, he has elevated that title to the highest of each present the place he has carried out. As compared, the WWE championship has had six completely different title reigns throughout that very same time-frame, all whereas Reigns has seized maintain of the spot of WWE’s prime act.
Present WWE champion Big E is looking for to alter that.
Big E will meet Reigns in the primary occasion of Sunday’s Survivor Collection, a nontitle bout pitting the WWE champion towards the common champion. That is Big E’s first pay-per-view principal occasion with the belt, and it’s crucial to his future that he ship a efficiency Sunday that reveals he’s each bit the equal to Reigns—if not his superior.
“It’s large for me,” says Big E, who’s 35-year-old Ettore Ewen. “If we go on the market and have the match we’re able to having, we will have folks clamoring to see it once more, even at WrestleMania. I do know what’s at stake.”
Big E is just not Roman Reigns. However Reigns is just not Big E, both. The highly effective, agile Ewen possesses a charisma and attraction in contrast to anybody else in skilled wrestling. He can innately seize management of a crowd, and he stands out as essentially the most real, plausible babyface within the firm.
Approaching an important match of his profession, he views this as an opportunity to unveil a brand new layer as champion and top-tier performer.
“That is my alternative to be the man,” Ewen says. “And I’m prepared for it.”
Successful the WWE title with out promoting his soul in return, Ewen has delivered a mix of compelling wrestling within the ring with a handful of particularly thrilling ventures exterior of it. He labored strong packages with Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre, and he’s now constructing a signature story as champ in a program with Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens. He’s additionally insisting on wrestling quite a lot of opponents, most lately Chad Gable, placing a brilliant highlight on his friends.
“When Kofi [Kingston] was champion, he wouldn’t cease speaking about Xavier Woods and myself,” Ewen says. “For me, that was so eye-opening. You may be WWE champion and nonetheless be so selfless and giving. That’s the kind of champion I’m working to turn into.”
The duty and position of WWE champion extends far past the squared circle. Ewen has been concerned in a myriad of initiatives to signify the corporate as champion, together with introducing Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder earlier than their prized boxing title bout a month in the past.
“Moments like which have felt surreal, however additionally they really feel proper,” Ewen says. “I’m the one which bought to choose up the mike on the finish of the reveals throughout our UK tour. After I got here up, John Cena was the man who did that. I’m so grateful. Life has modified. I’m on this place the place I may be the change I wish to see on this world.
“I’ve the flexibility to amplify what must be amplified. Wrestling is a giant a part of it, however there may be much more concerned in representing the corporate. I’m actually beginning to embrace that.”
Sunday shall be a key second in presenting himself as the highest star within the firm. There isn’t any extra magnetic presence or performer that may generate a better viewers engagement than Reigns, however Ewen now has entry to function on that very same elusive enjoying floor.
“I don’t take this chance or duty evenly,” Ewen says. “I’m excited to get in there with Roman, and I believe we’ll placed on a banger.”
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