BIG E is celebrating winning the WWE Title for the first time after he cashed in his Money in the Bank contract on Monday Night Raw.
The 5ft 11in powerhouse had warned on Twitter before the show that he intended to challenge the winner of Bobby Lashley’s title defence against Randy Orton yesterday.
And the much-loved 35-year-old stuck to his word and came to the ring seconds after Lashley had beaten The Viper courtesy of a spear.
Lashley was on the verge of retaining his belt when he countered out of the Big Ending and delivered a spear to Big E.
But the New Day star kicked out and soon he hit a second Big Ending before claiming the pin fall.
The emotional grappler then celebrated wildly as the 12-year veteran kicked off his first reign as champ.
Joined by pals Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods after Raw went off-air, he told WWE’s social channels: “I could not have written a better career for myself. I'm glad in many ways that it took so long, because it feels earned.
“I'm glad I wasn't handed things right away. I got to live the dream and be WWE Champion, and my best friends came out and celebrated with me. I'll never forget it.”
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He added: “It's the moments I really treasure. I'm getting goosebumps just thinking about the moment I go out, the music hits — the crowd, even though they've seen me a dozen times tonight.
“To have your peers, fans, these two jackasses (New Day) to have every one of their support, it means the world to me.
“I think the dream for anyone in any vocation or craft is getting to do cool things at the top of your craft, but getting to do it with your friends.
“I will always remember the three of us fighting to get on TV, and we've been able to do so many cool, incredible things. I've been able to grow so much as a person and a performer because of these guys.”
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