In June, Kingston and Big E knelt in the ring before one of their matches to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Something Big E previously said Vince McMahon was very supportive of when they approached him about the idea.
Big E noted that positive portrayal is important for fans watching the product, but also wants to make sure it remains unique, and not just a replica of black wrestlers of the past.
“I will say that all of us, really talented and hardworking black artists, none of us want to have opportunities because we are black,” said Big E. “I’m definitely not saying that is the case now, but I want to show people that I am worthy of this opportunity and place.
«JE [also] think representation matters. It is important to see people like you, who are like you, doing well. I never wanted to be put in the box where they say, “This is how a muscular black wrestler should perform. As much as I love Ron Simmons, I never wanted to be a copy of Ron Simmons or so many black wrestlers I watched as a kid. I wanted to be one of the ones. I wanted to be someone who cannot be easily replaced because what I do is different from what others do. ”
Big E took on The Miz last Friday Smack down, winning a victory by submission.