Big E recently appeared on WWE Talking Smack to reflect on his status as the new WWE Intercontinental Champion. He modestly discussed the significance of this victory and said that he plans to chase even loftier goals.
“This is not an, ‘I made it moment,'” said Big E. “This is not. I’m telling you, the work, just begins now. I gotta prove that I’m worthy of this and more. This and more. Because that’s what I’m here for: more.”
Paul Heyman, the co-host of Talking Smack, didn’t accept Big E’s humility. He stated that he believes Big E is on a collision course with WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns, and the Intercontinental Championship is just a stepping stone on that journey.
“There comes a time where, whether the opportunity is given to you, and you take advantage of it or not,” said Heyman. “You take the opportunity. You are a man that shows great humility and respect for the process. Here’s the process as I see it. You just said it was your first step. Yes I agree. First step towards what? And I know what the answer is. You’re just too much of a gentleman to say it.
“The answer is it’s your first step towards Roman Reigns. It’s your first step towards the Universal Championship. It’s your first step towards being the absolute number one box office attraction, the top champion in WWE today. You’re going to say that Intercontinental Title is beautiful, it’s wonderful. But it’s not the Universal Title. That’s what you want. You want to be a WrestleMania main eventer, and you can be. You want to be the Universal Champion, and I understand you want that opportunity.”
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Heyman then emphasized that he thinks Big E will find even more success in the new year.
“Here’s how I look at it. To paraphrase a great catchphrase. Big E, you’re a big box office. You’re a magnificent athlete, and you’re someone I would love to one day see in the ring with Roman Reigns. You’re on your way because 2021 is now around the corner. And Big E when it comes to my evaluation of you, it’s a new year, yes it is.”
The full episode is available on WWE Network.