Ettore Ewen is a 35-year-old professional wrestler from Tampa, Florida. He is signed with the WWE where he performs on RAW under the ring name, Big E, and is the current WWE Champion in his first reign.
Ewen grew up in Florida and while in high school, he won several athletic honors including a state championship in high school wrestling. He was named Hillsborough County’s “Ironman of the Year.” He attended the University of Iowa and played football for the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Big E’s WWE Debut
Ewen participated in a tryout for the WWE in 2009. He was then offered a contract with the company’s developmental territory, Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW). Ewen made his FCW debut in December 2009 as Big E. Langston. He also pursued a career in powerlifting during this time. Ewen competed in the 2010 USA Powerlifting competition where he broke all four Florida state raw powerlifting records in the 275-pound class.
In 2011, Ewen, as Big E. Langston, teamed with Calvin Raines and defeated Richie Steamboat and Seth Rollins for the FCW Florida Tag Team Championship. They lost the titles to CJ Parker and Donny Marlow in July.
After WWE rebranded FCW to NXT, Langston debuted on August 1, 2012 in a match where he defeated Adam Mercer. This started Langston’s winning streak and in January 2013, he defeated Seth Rollins to win the NXT Championship. He defended his title successfully against numerous wrestlers but lost the title in June to Bo Dallas.
Big E Langston made his main roster debut on December 17, 2012 on Monday Night RAW as a bodyguard for Dolph Ziggler and AJ Lee. In November 2013, Big E Langston received his title match against Curtis Axel for the Intercontinental Championship. He successfully defended his title into early 2014. In February, his ring name was shortened to Big E. At Extreme Rules, Big E lost the title to Bad News Barrett and failed to regain his title the following night on RAW. Big E’s reign lasted 167 days.
Big E Joins The New Day
In the summer of 2014, Big E was assigned to a tag team with Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods. WWE began releasing promos hyping “The New Day” – a faction made up of Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods that summer. The New Day made their debut on the November 28 2014 episode of SmackDown where they defeated the team of Curtis Axel, Heath Slater and Titus O’Neil.
The New Day defeated Tyson Kidd and Cesaro at Extreme Rules 2015 to win the WWE Tag Team Championships. They retained their titles at PayBack and Elimination Chamber pay-per-view events but lost the titles at Money In The Bank to Darren Young and Titus O’Neil. They regained the titles at SummerSlam.
The New Day retained their titles for several months defeating numerous tag team challengers like The Usos, The Dudley Boyz, The Vaudevillains, and Enzo Amore and Big Cass. In July 2016, after being drafted to RAW, The New Day became the longest reigning WWE Tag Team champions having held the titles for 331 days. They lost the titles after 483 days to Sheamus and Cesaro at Roadblock: End of the Line.
In April 2017, Big E and The New Day were drafted to SmackDown. At Battleground, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods won the SmackDown Tag Team Championships and under the Freebird Rule, Big E was also recognized as a champion. The New Day lost the titles to the Usos at SummerSlam.
SmackDown Tag Team Championship
Big E suffered a knee injury in 2019 but returned to action a few weeks later. At Extreme Rules, Big E and Xavier Woods defeated Daniel Bryan and Erick Rowan and Heavy Machinery to win the SmackDown Tag Team titles again. They lost the titles to the Revival at Clash of Champions but regained them in November 2019 thus becoming record five-time champions as a team.
In 2020, The New Day lost the titles at Super ShowDown to John Morrison and the Miz. They became six-time champions again when Big E won the titles back from The Miz who represented himself and Morrison in a triple threat match, also involving Jey Uso, who represented The Usos. The New Day lost the titles to Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura at TLC. At the end of July, Kofi Kingston revealed he would be out of action due to injury and gave Big E his blessing to pursue a solo run.
Big E’s Solo Career & Success
As part of the 2020 Draft in October, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods were drafted to Monday Night RAW while Big E remained on SmackDown. Since then, Big E has started a singles career which has included a new theme and titantron separate from The New Day.
On the December 25 episode of SmackDown (taped on December 22), Big E defeated Sami Zayn in a lumberjack match to win the Intercontinental Championship for the second time. He lost the Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania 37 on April 11th, 2021 to Apollo Crews in a Nigerian Drum Fight match.
Big E Wins Big
At the Money in the Bank 2021 pay-per-view event, Big E was one of eight competitors in the men’s ladder match. Big E won the match after stopping Seth Rollins from climbing the ladder. Less than two months later, Big E cashed in his Money in the Bank contract on September 13 on RAW and defeated Bobby Lashley to win the WWE Championship.
Career Championships and Accomplishments
- Florida Championship Wrestling
- FCW Florida Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
- WWE Championship (1 time, current)
- NXT Championship (1 time)
- WWE Intercontinental Championship (2 times)
- RAW Tag Team Championship (2 times)
- WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship (6 times)