Big E (wrestler)
Big E in March 2015
|Birth name||Ettore Ewen|
March 1, 1986 |
Tampa, Florida, U.S.
|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|
Ettore Ewen (born March 1, 1986) is an American professional wrestler and former powerlifter and American football player. He is currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the Raw brand under the ring name Big E (shortened from his previous ring name, Big E Langston) and is one third of The New Day alongside Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods.
Prior to signing with WWE in 2009, Ewen was a powerlifter and became USA Powerlifting champion. In WWE, he is a one-time Intercontinental Champion, two-time WWE (Raw) Tag Team Champion, and a one-time NXT Champion (while in WWE's developmental system, NXT). As a part of The New Day, he holds the record for the longest tag team championship reign in WWE history.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Powerlifting career
- 3 Professional wrestling career
- 4 Filmography
- 5 In wrestling
- 6 Championships and accomplishments
- 7 Notes
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Ettore Ewen was born on March 1, 1986 in Tampa, Florida, the son of Afro-Caribbean immigrants Eltore and Margaret Ewen. He attended Wharton High School in Tampa, where he won a number of athletic honors, including a state championship in high school wrestling and being named Hillsborough County's "Ironman of the Year". Upon graduating, Ewen attended the University of Iowa, where he played American football as a defensive lineman for the Iowa Hawkeyes. He 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. After college, Ewen turned his attention to the sport of powerlifting.
|Representing United States|
|USAPL U.S. Open Powerlifting Championships|
|USAPL RAW National Powerlifting Championships|
Ewen competed in his first USA Powerlifting (USAPL) meet on July 11 at the 2010 United States Open Championships at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida. He became the top heavyweight lifter, breaking all four Florida state raw powerlifting records in the 275-pound class and besting 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 2011 USAPL Raw Nationals in Scranton, Pennsylvania. This time, he competed in the super heavyweight division (275+lbs) and broke the raw American and national records in the deadlift (799 lbs) and total (2,039 lbs). All of his national and American raw records have since been broken.
- 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
Developmental territories (2009–2013)
In 2009, Ewen signed a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). He was assigned to its then-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 FCW Florida Tag Team Championship, but they lost the championship to CJ Parker and Donny Marlow on July 21, 2011. During the WrestleMania XXVIII Axxess event in April 2012, Langston defeated Antonio Cesaro.
When WWE rebranded 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 January 9, 2013 episode of NXT, Langston defeated NXT Champion and Shield member Seth Rollins in a no disqualification match to win the NXT Championship. After successful titles defenses against Conor O'Brian, Corey Graves, Brad Maddox, and Damien Sandow, Langston eventually lost the NXT Championship to Bo Dallas on the June 12 episode of NXT.
Alliance with AJ Lee (2012–2013)
Langston made his main roster debut on the December 17, 2012 episode of Raw, attacking John Cena and aligning with AJ Lee, thus establishing himself as a heel. Langston went on to act as an enforcer for Lee's storyline boyfriend, Dolph Ziggler. On April 7, 2013, at WrestleMania 29, Langston and Ziggler unsuccessfully challenged Team Hell No (Daniel Bryan and Kane) for the WWE Tag Team Championship. Langston wrestled his first singles match on Raw the following night, defeating Bryan.
After Ziggler suffered a concussion in May, Langston competed in a best-of-five series against Ziggler's opponent for the World Heavyweight Championship, 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 Lee, the number one contender to Kaitlyn's title, to humiliate Kaitlyn. Langston and Lee continued to mock Kaitlyn over the following weeks, with Lee ultimately winning the title at Payback. On the July 15 episode of Raw, Ziggler ended his relationship with Lee, which led to Langston attacking him later in the evening. On the July 29 episode of Raw, Langston was defeated by Ziggler by disqualification after Lee interfered and attacked Ziggler. In a rematch on the following week's Raw, Langston defeated Ziggler following a distraction by Lee and Kaitlyn. On August 18 at SummerSlam, Langston and Lee were defeated by Ziggler and Kaitlyn in a mixed tag team match, effectively ending their feud. After the loss, Langston began a singles career.
Intercontinental Champion (2013–2014)
On the October 18 episode of SmackDown, Langston lost to CM Punk and turned face after the match when he took offense to Paul Heyman downplaying Punk's victory over Langston and calling him "a rookie". He then aided Punk in fending off Ryback and Curtis Axel. Three days later, on the October 21 episode of Raw, Langston teamed up with Punk to defeat Ryback and Axel, with Langston pinning Axel. He was set to receive a title match for Axel's WWE Intercontinental Championship at Hell in a Cell, but Axel was pulled from the match shortly before the pay-per-view due to a legittimate hip injury. Langston then renewed his rivalry with The Shield, and instead challenged for Dean Ambrose's WWE United States Championship at the event, winning by countout. The following night on Raw, he was granted a rematch for the title, winning the match by disqualification after Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins interfered.
On the November 18 episode of Raw, Langston received his postponed championship match with Axel, defeating him to win the title. Six days later, at Survivor Series, he defeated Axel again in his first title defense. Langston then successfully retained his championship against Damien Sandow at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs. At the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, with his ring name now shortened to Big E, he successfully defended the title against Jack Swagger. Big E competed in the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal at WrestleMania XXX, which was won by Cesaro. At Extreme Rules on May 4, Big E lost the Intercontinental Championship to Bad News Barrett, and failed to regain it in a rematch the following night on Raw. Big E later became involved in a feud with Rusev, which led to consecutive bouts at Payback and Money in the Bank, both of which Big E lost. At Battleground, Big E competed in a battle royal for the Intercontinental Championship, which was eventually won by The Miz.
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 episode of 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 house shows.
From the November 3 episode of Raw, WWE began airing vignettes for Big E, Kingston and Woods, with the group now being billed as The New Day, and presented as overly-positive babyface characters. 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 Tag Team Championship in a four-way tag team match. All three members of New Day also competed in the André the Giant memorial battle royal that same night, which was won by the Big Show. New Day then transitioned into villains after fans responded negatively to the group. At Extreme Rules, Big E and Kingston won the Tag Team Championship for the first time from Tyson Kidd and Cesaro.
New Day defended the title under the Freebird Rule, which allows any two members of a stable to compete for the title, although typically would be defended by Big E and Kingston with Woods acting as a manager. They defeated Kidd and Cesaro in rematches on SmackDown and at Payback, with Woods interfering in both matches. At Elimination Chamber, all three New Day members competed in the first ever tag team Elimination Chamber match, where they lastly eliminated The Prime Time Players (Darren Young and Titus O'Neil) to successfully defend their titles. At Money in the Bank, Big E and Woods lost the titles to the Prime Time Players. New Day won the titles for a second time after they defeated the Prime Time Players, Los Matadores (Diego and Fernando), and the Lucha Dragons (Kalisto and Sin Cara) in a fatal 4-way tag team match at SummerSlam. The following night on Raw, after New Day's victory over the Lucha Dragons, The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley) made their WWE return and attacked the New Day. After a successful title defense against the Prime Time Players on the September 14 episode of Raw, New Day lost to the Dudley Boyz by disqualification at Night of Champions, retaining their tag team titles in the process. On the October 5 episode of Raw, Big E unsuccessfully answered John Cena's U.S. Open Challenge. The New Day ended their feud with the Dudley Boys after defeating them at Hell in a Cell.
2016 saw the start of what would eventually become a face turn for New Day as the crowd was starting to get behind them. Despite this, they still worked as villains in their Royal Rumble win against The Usos. They appeared at Fastlane as a guest on Edge and Christian's talk show, The Cutting Edge Peep Show and tease an eventual confrontation with the stable referred to as the League of Nations, comprising King Barrett, Sheamus, Rusev, and Alberto Del Rio. This would later be confirmed and what would eventually become a best of three series would take place, starting at Roadblock, with The New Day scoring the first win. They went on to face the League again at WrestleMania 32, where they lost after interference from Barrett. The feud ended the next day on Raw, where New Day retained the tag team championship against Sheamus and Barrett. At Extreme Rules, The New Day retained the tag team championship against The Vaudevillians and at Money in the Bank in a Fatal 4-way Tag Team match against The Vaudevillians, Enzo Amore and Big Cass and Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. On July 19 at the 2016 WWE draft, Big E, along with his fellow New Day teammates, were drafted to the Raw brand. Three days later, on July 22, the New Day became the longest reigning WWE Tag Team Champions, breaking the record of 331 days previously set by Paul London and Brian Kendrick. After SmackDown established the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championships due to the brand split, the titles held by the New Day were renamed the WWE Raw Tag Team Championships. On the August 1 episode of Raw, Big E suffered a storyline contusion to the groin area after an attack by Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. At SummerSlam, Big E returned from injury by attacking Gallows and Anderson during their match against Kingston and Woods, resulting in Gallows and Anderson winning by disqualification. At Clash of Champions, The New Day retained the titles against Gallows and Anderson. At Hell in a Cell, New day lost to the team of Cesaro and Sheamus by disqualification but retained the titles.On the October 31 episode of Raw, The New Day revealed that they were made captain of Team Raw for the 10–on–10 Survivor Series Tag Team Elimination match at Survivor Series on November 20, 2016 which Team Raw won after defeating Team SmackDown. The New Day had two successful title defenses in November on the 21st and 28th November editions of Raw against Cesaro and Sheamus and Gallows and Anderson. On the December 12th edition of Raw, The New Day retained the title two triple threat tag team matches, first involving Gallows and Anderson and Cesaro and Sheamus and the second involving Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens and the team of Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins. At Roadblock: End of the Line, The New Day lost the Raw Tag Team Championship to Cesaro and Sheamus, ending their record breaking championship reign at 483 days. All members were in the Royal Rumble match but were eliminated by Sheamus and Cesaro. On February 20, 2017, they were announced as the hosts of WrestleMania 33.
|2015||Total Divas||Himself||Guest star|
|2016||Let's Make a Deal||Himself||Guest star (with the New Day)|
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
- Belly-to-Belly (Overhead/Side belly to belly suplex)
- E-Train (Running body block) sometimes finished with a kneeling variation
- Modified abdominal stretch, with slaps to an opponent's midsection 
- Multiple knee lifts
- Multiple punches to an opponent's midsection
- Running turnbuckle thrust
- Spear through the second and top ropes to an opponent standing on the apron to the outside
- STO from out of the corner, as a counter to an oncoming opponent
- Wrestlers managed
- With The New Day
- Double team finishing moves
- Double/triple team signature moves
- Unicorn Stampede (Multiple stomps to a seated opponent in the corner with frequent tags), often followed by an Irish whip-assisted corner dropkick
- Entrance themes
Championships and accomplishments
- Florida Championship Wrestling
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Rolling Stone
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter
- WWE NXT
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- 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
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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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