Big E Langston
|Big E Langston|
|Birth name||Ettore Ewen|
|Ring name(s)||Big E Langston|
|Billed height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Billed weight||290 lb (130 kg)|
March 1, 1986 |
|Billed from||Tampa, Florida|
|Trained by||Florida Championship Wrestling / NXT|
|Competitor for United States|
|USAPL U.S. Open Powerlifting Championships|
|USAPL RAW National Powerlifting Championships|
Ettore Ewen (born March 1, 1986) is an American professional wrestler, signed to WWE where he wrestles under the ring name Big E Langston, and is the current Intercontinental Champion in his first reign. He is a former NXT Champion in WWE's developmental territory, NXT. He is also a national powerlifting champion who has set multiple national and state records in the raw division.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Powerlifting career
- 3 Professional wrestling career
- 4 In wrestling
- 5 Championships and accomplishments
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Ewen was born in Tampa, Florida to Afro-Caribbean immigrants Eltore and Margaret Ewen. He attended Wharton High School, where he won a number of athletic honors, including being named Hillsborough County's "Ironman of the Year". Upon graduating from Wharton, Ewen attended the University of Iowa, where he played football as a defensive lineman for the Iowa Hawkeyes. Ewen was redshirted in 2004 and missed the 2005 season due to an injury sustained in pre-season camp, playing a single season as a sophomore in 2006. Ewen graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. As a Florida high school wrestling state champion and a Division I college football letter winner, Ewen competed in a number of different athletic disciplines at an elite level before turning his attention to the sport of powerlifting. His debut was in 2009.
Ewen competed in his first U.S.A. Powerlifting (USAPL) meet on July 11 at the fifth annual United States Open Championships 2010 at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida. He became not only the top heavyweight lifter but also broke all four Florida state raw powerlifting records in the 275-pound class and bested raw national records in the deadlift and total. His lifts included a 611 pound squat, a 490 pound bench press and a 749 pound deadlift for a 1,850 pound raw total. Ewen also won the USAPL Raw Nationals 2011 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. This time he competed in the super heavyweight division (+275) and broke the raw American and national records in the deadlift (799 lbs) and total (2,039 lbs) in this weight class as well. Although all of his national and American raw records were broken in 2011 and 2012 by Michael Tuchscherer, Brad Gillingham and Randall Harris, Ewen still holds the USAPL Florida State Raw Records in deadlift and total in the SHW division as well as all four raw powerlifting records in the 275-pound class.
- Set in official competition
- Squat - 711 lbs (322.5 kg) raw without knee wraps
- Bench press - 529 lbs (240 kg) raw
- Deadlift - 799 lbs (362.5 kg) raw
- Powerlifting total - 2,039 lbs (711-529-799) / 925 kg (322.5-240-362.5) raw without knee wraps
The American and National Championship Records in the deadlift are held at 410 kg (903.9 lbs) since 1995 by Mark Henry, who also became a professional wrestler in WWE. Langston has also bench pressed 575 lbs (260 kg) raw touch and go in the gym, but it was not a competition lift.
Professional wrestling career
World Wrestling Entertainment/WWE (2009–present)
Develoment territories (2009–2012)
In 2009, Ewen signed a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). He was assigned to its developmental territory, Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), where he debuted on December 17, 2009 under the ring name Big E Langston. On May 12, 2011, Langston and Calvin Raines defeated Richie Steamboat and Seth Rollins to win the Florida Tag Team Championship. They lost the title to C.J. Parker and Donny Marlow on July 21, 2011. During the WrestleMania XXVIII Axxess event in April 2012, Langston defeated Antonio Cesaro.
When WWE rebranded its developmental territory, FCW, into NXT, Langston made his NXT debut on August 1, 2012, defeating Adam Mercer. This marked the start of a winning streak for Langston, who from September started repeatedly performing his finisher on his opponents and demanding that referees count to five (rather than the usual three) before awarding him pinfalls. After Langston rejected Vickie Guerrero's managerial services, Guerrero promised a $5,000 bounty to anyone who could put Langston "on the shelf"; but attempts to claim the bounty by Chad Baxter and Camacho were firmly squashed by Langston. The bounty was ultimately declared void by NXT Commissioner Dusty Rhodes. Langston then began to feud with The Shield, and on the December 6 tapings of NXT (which aired January 9, 2013), Langston defeated NXT Champion and Shield member Seth Rollins in a no disqualification match to win the title.
After Langston successfully defended his NXT Championship against Conor O'Brian, Brad Maddox and Damien Sandow, he eventually lost the NXT Championship to Bo Dallas on May 23, 2013 (airing on June 12).
Alliance with AJ Lee & Dolph Ziggler (2012–2013)
Langston made his WWE main roster debut on the December 17, 2012 episode of Raw, attacking John Cena thus establishing himself on the main roster as a heel, and aligning himself with AJ Lee. Langston went on to act as an enforcer for AJ's boyfriend, Dolph Ziggler, interfering in his matches. On April 7, 2013, at WrestleMania 29, Langston and Ziggler unsuccessfully challenged Team Hell No (Daniel Bryan and Kane) for the Tag Team Championship. Langston wrestled his first match on Raw the following night, defeating Bryan.
After Ziggler suffered a concussion in May, Langston wrestled a series of five matches against Ziggler's World Heavyweight Championship contender Alberto Del Rio, which Del Rio won 3-2. On the June 10 episode of Raw, Langston was revealed as the secret admirer of Divas Champion Kaitlyn; this in turn was revealed to be a ploy by AJ, the number one contender to Kaitlyn's title, to humiliate Kaitlyn. Langston and AJ continued to mock Kaitlyn over the following weeks, with AJ ultimately retaining her Divas Championship in a bout with Kaitlyn at Money in the Bank on July 14. Ziggler ended his relationship with AJ the following night on Raw, leading to Langston attack him later in the evening. On the July 29 episode of Raw, Langston was defeated by Ziggler via disqualification after AJ interfered and attacked Ziggler. In a rematch on the following week's Raw, Langston defeated Ziggler following a distraction by AJ and Kaitlyn. On August 18 at SummerSlam, Langston and AJ were defeated by Ziggler and Kaitlyn in a mixed tag team match, putting an end to their feud. After this loss, Langston stopped aiding AJ altogether and started wrestling alone.
Face turn; Intercontinental Champion (2013–present)
On the October 18 episode of SmackDown, Langston lost to CM Punk and turned face after the match when Langston took offense to Paul Heyman's comments about Punk beating 'a rookie', and aided Punk in fending off an attack by Ryback and Curtis Axel. Three days later on the October 21 episode of Raw, Langston would team with Punk to defeat Ryback and Curtis Axel, pinning Axel. Though granted a shot at Axel's Intercontinental Championship, Axel's injury denied Langston his opportunity. Renewing his rivalry with the Shield, Langston challenged for Dean Ambrose's United States Championship at Hell in a Cell. While Langston won the match by countout, he failed to win the title. The following night on Raw, Langston was granted a rematch for the title and won by disqualification after Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins interfered.
On the November 18 episode of Raw, Langston was given his championship match with Axel, where he defeated him to win the Intercontinental Championship. Langston retained the Intercontinental Championship against Axel at Survivor Series. Langston would then start a feud with Damien Sandow after Sandow became the no.1 contender to Langston's championship.
- Signature moves
- Entrance themes
Championships and accomplishments
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- "Profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2012-02-28.
- "FCW Profile". Florida Championship Wrestling. Retrieved 2012-02-28.
- "Big E Langston". WWE. Retrieved 2013-05-23.
- "Ettore Ewen". HawkeyesSports.com. Retrieved 2013-05-31.
- 5th Annual USAPL U.S. Open Powerlifting Championships (results)
- USAPL Raw Nationals (results) (click "Mens Results" tab on bottom, defaults to Women's)
- USAPL Florida State Raw Open Records - Men
- Men's Raw American Records
- Raw National Championship Records
- Men's American Records
- Men's Open National Championship Records
- Video: John Cena Gym - Big E Langston bench presses 575lb raw
- "FCW Championship histories".
- "WWE News: FCW name being phased out". Wrestling Observer. Retrieved August 14, 2012.
- James, Justin. "JAMES'S WWE NXT RESULTS 8/1". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
- James, Justin. "JAMES'S WWE NXT RESULTS 9/12". PWTorch. Retrieved 6 October 2012.
- James, Justin. "JAMES'S WWE NXT REPORT 10/3". PWTorch. Retrieved 19 June 2013. "Langston gets angry because the ref only counts to three before calling for the bell, so the ref gives another two counts. The crowd is chanting "one more time!" Post-match, Langston hit his finisher again and gives himself a five count, to the delight of the crowd."
- James, Justin. "JAMES'S WWE NXT RESULTS 10/31". PWTorch. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
- James, Justin. "JAMES'S WWE NXT REPORT 11/7". PWTorch. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
- Chiverton, George. "CHIVERTON'S NXT SCOUTING REPORT 11/21". PWTorch. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
- James, Justin. "JAMES'S WWE NXT REPORT 12/12". PWTorch. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
- "NXT SPOILERS: New champion, The Shield involved, Nash's role, Hall of Famer at next TV taping". PWTorch. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
- James, Justin. "JAMES'S WWE NXT REPORT 1/9". PWTorch. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
- James, Justin. "JAMES'S WWE NXT REPORT 4/3 - Week 40: Big E. defends NXT Title, final hype for Regal-Ohno, Overall Reax". PWTorch. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
- Namako, Jason. "WWE NXT Results - 4/25/13 (Clash of Champions edition)". WrestleView. Retrieved June 16.
- James, Justin. "JAMES'S WWE NXT REPORT 5/15 & 5/22: El Generico debuts, O'Brian beats two NXT releases in same match, Bray Wyatt debuts mask, Natalya vs. Rae, more developments". PWTorch. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
- "5/23 WWE NXT taping spoilers: Stephanie McMahon video kicks off the NXT Divas Championship tournament, Big E Langston vs. Bo Dallas for the NXT Championship, Antonio Cesaro vs. Sami Zayn". Pro Wrestling. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
- James, Justin. "JAMES'S WWE NXT REPORT 6/12". PWTorch. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
- "RAW NEWS: "Big" NXT debut concludes Raw, teased MITB cash-in, Punk-Rock hype, full list of returns & Slammy winners". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
- Tedesco, Mike. "Smackdown Results - 12/18/12". Wrestleview. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
- Caldwell, James. "CALDWELL'S WWE RAW RESULTS 1/14". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
- "CALDWELL'S WWE WRESTLEMANIA 29 PPV RESULTS". Retrieved October 7, 2013.
- "CALDWELL'S WWE RAW RESULTS 4/8". PWTorch.
- Caldwell, James. "CALDWELL'S WWE RAW RESULTS 6/3 (Hour 2)". PWTorch. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
- Caldwell, James (June 10, 2013). "Caldwell's WWE Raw Results 6/10 (Hour 3)". PWTorch. Retrieved 2013-06-11.
- Giannini, Alex. "Divas Champion AJ Lee def. Kaitlyn". WWE.com. WWE. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
- Benigno, Anthony. "World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio def. Dolph Ziggler". WWE.com. WWE.com. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
- "CALDWELL'S WWE RAW RESULTS 7/29 (Hour 2): World champ Del Rio vs. Christian, Ziggler faces Big E. Langston & A.J. snaps again, Rhodes-Sandow feud continues".
- "CALDWELL'S WWE RAW RESULTS 8/5 (Hour 3): The Shield vs. Cena & Bryan & Orton main event, Ziggler vs. Big E.".
- "CALDWELL'S WWE SSLAM PPV RESULTS 8/18 (Hour 3)". Retrieved October 7, 2013.
- "WWE Smackdown Report 10.18.13". Retrieved October 19, 2013.
- "4/15 FCW TV REPORT".
- Chiverton, George. "CHIVERTON'S WWE NXT EVALUATION - 8/1". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 10 November 2012. "The best was undoubtedly where instead of a clothesline, Big E. simply ran into/over Mercer. It was frankly hilarious. The finish came with E. hitting "The Big Ending," which is a powerslam pick-up into a cutter."
- Trionfo, Richard. "WWE MAIN EVENT REPORT: THE SHIELD DEBUT ON MAIN EVENT . . . SO DOES BIG E LANGSTON; ZEB COLTER . . . CULTURAL AMBASSADOR". PWInsider. Retrieved April 14.
- Namako, Jason. "WWE NXT Results - 6/13/13 (Big E vs. Bo Dallas - NXT Title)". WrestleView. Retrieved June 14.
- Trionfo, Richard. "WWE NXT REPORT: KASSIUS OHNO MAKES A STATEMENT; BIG E LANGSTON RAISES IT TO FIVE; SETH ROLLINS DOES SOMETHING LOGICAL WHEN CONFRONTED BY AN OPPONENT; WHERE'S TRENT; AND KIDD/MCGILLICUTTY IN THE MAIN EVENT". PWInsider. Retrieved September 15.
- Trionfo, Richard. "WWE NXT REPORT: NXT TITLE MATCH NEXT WEEK; OHNO/STEAMBOAT CONTINUES; ASCENSION IN ACTION; CM PUNK TO MAKE AN APPEARANCE NEXT WEEK". PWInsider. Retrieved October 5.
- Trionfo, Richard. "WWE NXT REPORT: DID SETH ROLLINS RETAIN AGAINST BIG E LANGSTON?; THIRD GENERATION TAG TEAM AGAINST SECOND GENERATION TAG TEAM; DIVAS ACTION; AND MORE". PWInsider. Retrieved January 26, 2013.
- James, Justin. "JAMES'S WWE NXT RESULTS 8/1". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 19 February 2013.
- Trionfo, Richard. "WWE NXT REPORT: NXT TITLE MATCH NEXT WEEK; OHNO/STEAMBOAT CONTINUES; ASCENSION IN ACTION; CM PUNK TO MAKE AN APPEARANCE NEXT WEEK". PWInsider. Retrieved 19 February 2013.
- Trionfo, Richard. "COMPLETE WWE RAW REPORT: JERICHO VS. ZIGGLER; SHIELD VERSUS UNDERTAKER, KANE, AND DANIEL BRYAN; RHODES SCHOLARS AND FUNKSTERS IN SINGLES MATCHES; MICK FOLEY; AND MORE". PWInsider. Retrieved April 25.
- "WWE: I Need Five (Big E Langston) - Single".
- "WWE: Three Ain't Enough (Big E Langston) - Single".
- "Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) 500 for 2013". The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved 2013-08-22.
- "Big E Langston's first reign". WWE. Retrieved 2013-11-18.
- Big E Langston on Twitter
- Big E Langston's profile on WWE.com
- Big E Langston at the Internet Movie Database