Big E Langston
|Big E Langston|
Big E in March 2015
|Birth name||Ettore Ewen|
March 1, 1986 |
Tampa, Florida, United States
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Big E
Big E Langston
|Billed height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Billed weight||285 lb (129 kg)|
|Billed from||Tampa, Florida|
|Trained by||Florida Championship Wrestling
|Debut||December 17, 2009|
|Competitor for United States|
|USAPL U.S. Open Powerlifting Championships|
|USAPL RAW National Powerlifting Championships|
Ettore Ewen (born March 1, 1986), also known by his former ring name Big E Langston and currently performing as Big E, is an American professional wrestler. He is signed to WWE where he is one third of The New Day along with Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods. He is a one-time Intercontinental Champion, one-time WWE Tag Team Champion as part of The New Day, and a former NXT Champion while at WWE's developmental territory, NXT. Before signing with WWE, Ewen was a national powerlifting champion who set multiple national and state records in the raw division.
- 1 Background
- 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 American 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. He 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
Florida Championship Wrestling (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 Wrestling, 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, Corey Graves, Brad Maddox and Damien Sandow, he eventually lost the NXT Championship to Bo Dallas on May 23, 2013 (aired on June 12).
Alliance with AJ Lee and 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 attacking 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.
Intercontinental Champion (2013–2014)
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 up with Punk to defeat Ryback and Axel, with Langston pinning Axel. Though granted a shot at Axel's Intercontinental Championship, Axel's injury denied Langston this 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, winning 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 for the first time. Six days later, at Survivor Series, Langston defeated Curtis Axel in his first title defense. Langston successfully retained his championship against Damien Sandow at the TLC pay-per-view. At the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view with his ring name now shortened to "Big E", he successfully defended his championship against Jack Swagger. Big E competed in the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal at WrestleMania XXX, being eliminated by Fandango. At Extreme Rules on May 4, Big E dropped the Intercontinental title to Bad News Barrett, and failed to regain it the following night on Raw. Big E later became involved in a feud with Rusev, which lead to consecutive bouts at Payback. and at Money in the Bank, both of which Big E lost. At Battleground, Big E failed to win a battle royal for the Intercontinental Championship.
The New Day (2014–present)
On the July 21 episode of Raw, after Big E and Kofi Kingston suffered another loss as a team in a recent string of defeats, Xavier Woods came down to the ring to address them. Woods told the two that they could not "get ahead by kissing babies and shaking hands" and that it is "their time". The duo then joined forces with Woods, and on the next day's Main Event, Woods managed Big E and Kingston to a decisive victory over Heath Slater and Titus O'Neil. However, Woods' group quickly and quietly disbanded, as on the August 8 episode of SmackDown and on the August 12 episode of Main Event, both Big E and then Kingston reverted to wrestling singles matches with no sign or mention of the other two members of the group. Despite being disbanded on WWE television, Big E, Kingston and Woods maintained their alliance at live events. From the November 3 episode of Raw, WWE began airing vignettes for Big E, Kingston and Woods, with the stable now being billed as "The New Day". The New Day made their in-ring debut on the November 28 episode of SmackDown in a winning effort against Titus O'Neil, Heath Slater and Curtis Axel. At WrestleMania 31, Big E and Kingston unsuccessfully challenged for the WWE Tag Team Championship in a four-way tag team match, with all the members of New Day also competing in the André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal that same night, which they also failed to win. New Day would then turn heel after fans responded negatively to the group. At Extreme Rules, Big E and Kingston won the WWE Tag Team Championship from Tyson Kidd and Cesaro. New Day would defend the titles under the Freebird Rule, where they defeat Tyson Kidd and Cesaro in a rematch on both SmackDown and Payback, with Xavier Woods interfering both matches. At Elimination Chamber, all the New Day members would compete in the first ever tag team Elimination Chamber match, were they last eliminated The Prime Time Players to successfully defend their titles. However, at Money in the Bank, Big E and Woods lost the titles to The Prime Time Players, ending their reign at 49 days.
- Signature moves
- Abdominal stretch
- E-Train (Running body block)
- Multiple knee lifts
- Multiple punches to opponent's midsection
- Multiple rib breakers
- Overhead/Side belly to belly suplex
- Running splash
- Running turnbuckle thrust
- Spear through the second and top ropes to an opponent standing on the apron
- Entrance themes
- "I Can't Keep Still" by KPM (WWE/NXT 2012-April 22, 2013)
- "I Need Five" by Jim Johnston (April 22, 2013 – November 18, 2013)
- "Three Ain't Enough" by Jim Johnston (November 18, 2013 – July 20, 2014)
- "New Day, New Way" by Jim Johnston (Used while a part of The New Day; November 28, 2014–present)
Championships and accomplishments
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
1 Big E defended the championship with either Kingston or Woods under the Freebird Rule.
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- 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
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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.
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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.
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