WWE made the decision in late 2020 to push Big E as a singles star as they split him away from Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods in that year’s Draft. He would go on to have a run as the Intercontinental Champion before winning the Money in the Bank match back in July 2021. He would win the WWE Title from Bobby Lashley on an episode of Raw after cashing in the Money in the Bank contract and held it for 110 days before losing it to Brock Lesnar at the Day 1 event.
WWE was quick to move him from Raw to SmackDown and reunite him with his fellow New day members, although the company is no longer calling them The New Day.
During a chat with talkSPORT, Big E said he didn’t expect to be moved to SmackDown shortly after his reign as the top champion on Raw ended. He started off by stating that his focus has been on what he can control and being the best performer he can be for the company.
“But, I don’t want any of that to be perceived as me taking away from being with Kofi and Woods. That’s my greatest delight. For me, it was a transition I will say I did not expect at this time in my career.
“I had hoped to climb back and try once again to win back the WWE Championship. But, we have a pretty big champion [Roman Reigns] and pretty big title on SmackDown as well so, you never know.”
It has been reported that Big E is no longer seen by Vince McMahon as a main event talent.