WWE SmackDown Tag Team Champion Big E recently sat down with Jose Youngs on The A-Side Live Chat. During the discussion, Big E talked about how video games reignited his love for Mixed Martial Arts.
Transcriptions via Brie Coder at Wrestling INC.
“I was a casual fan. But my love was reinvigorated because of the video games. We started playing them in the locker room and that was the thing. Half of the locker room is playing this game on a daily basis, and that really got me started on watching UFC regularly. I pledge my great respect to the fighters and what they do.”
Big E went on to praise former-UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez in his debut at AAA’s 27th annual TripleMania. Velasquez teamed with AEW EVP Cody Rhodes and Psycho Clown to defeat Black Taurus, Texano Jr. & Killer Kross. Big E said he was “floored” by what he saw.
“Since Cain’s a wrestler, I expected some suplexes, and that they would string him along slowly. But he was doing lucha spots and hurricanas, and it was incredible. I was really impressed. I know a year or two ago when he was on his hiatus, he went and trained at the Performance Center. I heard that he was a natural. I’m really excited to see what Cain does.”