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Big E talks about diversity in WWE, powerlifting with John Cena, his Mt. Rushmore list of rappers, and more

WWE Superstar Big E was interviewed by the Endless Hustle. He talks about representation in the WWE, his time as a powerlifter with John Cena, his all-time favorite rappers, his new project Our Heroes Rock, and so much more!

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Big E describes the experience of being named as the greatest tag-team of all time by the WWE.

QUOTE: “I’m really proud of what we’ve achieved. I think the three of us really do have an incredible resume. I think we’re worthy of that number one spot, but yeah, it’s very humbling.”

He takes pride in the representation the WWE brings to the world of sports, and talks about how inspiring it is to see diverse groups of wrestlers being so successful.

QUOTE: “My hope is that I do have that effect. I do hope that, you know, black and brown kids can see me and be inspired, and even, you know, even white kids, and people from all different backgrounds.”

QUOTE: “I think we just want, we want a product. We want our brands and our shows, I think, to be reflective of what our world looks like. And that’s the hope too. And even beyond just black talent, we have so many Japanese, Hispanic talent. It’s just really beautiful to see this really diverse group of wrestlers, male and female, on our programming.”

Big E walks us through his time as a power-lifter and one of the best moments he experienced with John Cena.

QUOTE: “He [Cena] told me-we got to 575, which I had never done before-and he told me, he had a camera crew there, ‘if you hit this, I’ll make sure that it makes the documentary’ they did. And for me at the time, no one knew who I was. I was in FCW well before I was on TV and whatnot. So that was, that was good motivation. “

QUOTE: “I don’t spend too much time bragging because when I see guys who have squatted 1000 pounds, or guys who have benched 700 pounds, it knocks you down a peg. So, as strong as I was, there’s always someone much stronger.”

He gives us his “Mount Rushmore” list of rappers that he considers to be the best of all time.

QUOTE: “Rakim is a pioneer. Rakim just completely changed the way that, you know, people rap, so he definitely deserves to be on there. I’ll go Tupac. I’ll go Big. And, man, I’ll probably go Jay-Z. Usually, when I was younger, I always put Nas ahead of Jay. I feel like Jay’s more recent body of work has been stronger than Nas’. But again, like if you ask me in 10 minutes I’ll probably change my mind.”

The pro wrestler explains that while it’s not an easy way to make a living, being a wrestler is extremely rewarding in the end.

QUOTE: “You deal with injuries. You deal with pain. You deal with a lot of sleepless nights with travel. But you know, for me, it’s all worth it. The juice is worth the squeeze because there’ll be a day when I can’t do it anymore, and I just want to look back and know that, hey, you know, I pushed myself and pushed my body. I pushed my mind and I did something pretty cool.”

He discusses the Our Heroes Rock project, which aims to provide education about black culture and history through music and animation.

QUOTE: “I think education is key. I think it, you know, the more you learn about people who look different than you, I think it helps you become more empathetic. And I felt like if we were able to do something in that vein, I think it could be useful.”

QUOTE: “The metaphor that I’ve used is for me, it’s like when I was a kid, and my parents would take the applesauce, and if I needed medicine or vitamins, they would take it and crush it up and mix it in the applesauce. And as a kid, you’re eating this applesauce without even really knowing you’re getting the nutrients. And that’s what we hope this project is, that you sit down and you’re entertained, that you’re singing along, that you’re really enjoying it, whether you’re younger, whether you’re older. And you walk away with that information without feeling like you were beat over the head with something pedantic, or like you were showing up to watch some educational material.”

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