The word “Big” almost feels like an understatement when talking about Big E, but how else do you describe a 290-pound tank of a man who can deadlift a Fiat? “Superhuman” comes to mind, as does “Herculean.” “Big,” though, leaves no question about the type of carnage this beast will bring to WWE.
How did Big E become one of the most physically intimidating men on the planet? Leaving an ocean of sweat in the weight room helped, but the sobering fact is that some people are just born special. He was always the strongest kid in class — an advantage he used to win state championships in high school wrestling and punish quarterbacks on the defensive line for the University of Iowa.
By the time he was 24, Big E was already shattering state and national powerlifting records as he threw around numbers not witnessed since the days when Mark Henry was active in the sport — 806-pound deadlifts; 575 pounds on the bench. Had squats been a national pastime, there’s a chance the WWE Universe would never have witnessed the phenomenon that is Big E.
The powerhouse’s dominance continued once he found his way into a WWE ring, as he immediately allied himself with Dolph Ziggler and AJ Lee right around the same time he won the NXT Championship. An Intercontinental Championship victory over Curtis Axel and multiple WWE Tag Team Championships with The New Day — including setting the record for the longest Tag Team Championship reign in WWE history — followed soon after. Big E and The New Day continue to entertain every time their on TV. Whether the trio is hyping their Booty-O’s cereal or New Day Pops or hosting WrestleMania 33, the crowd is surely in for a treat.