The big moment on Monday’s WWE Raw was Big E cashing in Money in the Bank to beat Bobby Lashley and leave Raw as the WWE Champion. After the match, the wrestling world reacted to it.
The 35-year-old Big E signed a developmental deal with WWE 12 years ago. He was a champion in the brand new NXT brand. From there, he rose the ranks from Intercontinental Champion to Tag Team Champion, then he won the Intercontinental Title again last year and now he’s the WWE Champion for the first time in his career.
Big E called his shot earlier on Monday when he said he would be at Raw and he would cash-in the Money in the Bank contract. The WWE Title was going to be on the line with Bobby Lashley defending the title he’s held for the past six months against 14-time WWE World Champion Randy Orton. Lashley ended up beating Orton clean, but Lashley tweaked his knee during the match. That meant the WWE Champion was vulnerable, so Big E cashed in the contract forcing Lashley to defend the WWE Title even though he was hurting. Within two minutes, Big E hit the Big Ending on Lashley to become the WWE Champion for the first time.
After the match, Big E was joined in the ring by his New Day buddies Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods, both of whom also congratulated Big E on Twitter.
How it started How it’s going pic.twitter.com/fjKGbbO0q3
— Austin #Creed4KOTR – Future King of The Ring (@AustinCreedWins) September 14, 2021
I’m on cloud 9 right now! Words cannot describe how incredibly proud of my brother! So well deserved! The BIGGEST congratulations to @WWEBigE. Hard work pays off!
— ⚔️ KOFNAN the Barbarian ⚔️ (@TrueKofi) September 14, 2021
In addition to the New Day guys, plenty more WWE personnel tweeted congratulated Big E on social media.
— Cesaro (@WWECesaro) September 14, 2021
My Ma also says congrats. https://t.co/GKVw9zQKxW
— The Man (@BeckyLynchWWE) September 14, 2021
this. is. awesome. 👏 👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻 https://t.co/xMzqirrMGQ
— Charlotte Flair (@MsCharlotteWWE) September 14, 2021
I can’t remember the last time I was so genuinely happy to see someone win the big one.
Alpha approved. 100%. https://t.co/eAtv9OFggy
— Chad Gable (@WWEGable) September 14, 2021
THE BUILDING IS SHAKING #WWERAW
— Mansoor (منصور الشهيل) (@KSAMANNY) September 14, 2021
And @WWEBigE being the champ is my favorite thing ever 🖤🙏 love you my friend
— Daddy Deville (@SonyaDevilleWWE) September 14, 2021
Big E 👏🏽🙌🏽
— Gable Steveson (@GableSteveson) September 14, 2021
— Nattie (@NatbyNature) September 14, 2021
— Bayley (@itsBayleyWWE) September 14, 2021
— Stu Bennett (@StuBennett) September 14, 2021
— Wes Lee (@WesLee_WWE) September 14, 2021
— Angelo Dawkins (@AngeloDawkins) September 14, 2021
Congratulations @WWEBigE 🔥
Going to be a champion we all can be proud of. I know it! https://t.co/KbFvB0glGu
— Ricochet (@KingRicochet) September 14, 2021
Biiiiiiiig Eeeeeee!!!!!!! @WWEBigE
— Shinsuke Nakamura (@ShinsukeN) September 14, 2021
I love @WWEBigE!!
— Hurricane Helms (@ShaneHelmsCom) September 14, 2021
Even some AEW wrestlers and non-WWE personnel chimed in. Some of them worked in WWE while others did not. They are just happy for the guy.
Big E deserves all the flowers he ever gets. Especially that big gold one. Fuck yes.
— CASH (@CashWheelerFTR) September 14, 2021
I ❤️ @WWEBigE so much. Let E move that damn needle. Champ shit.
— Renee Paquette (@ReneePaquette) September 14, 2021
Nice! Big E @WWEBigE 👊🏼👊🏼👊🏼
— “EL IDOLO” ANDRADE (@AndradeElIdolo) September 14, 2021
ps…Its a long way to the top if ya wanna Rock-n-Roll…
— Bully Ray (@bullyray5150) September 14, 2021
— MATT HARDY (@MATTHARDYBRAND) September 14, 2021
As the Money in the Bank contract holder, Big E had the option of challenging the WWE Champion Bobby Lashley or WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns with the contract. Big E chose Lashley in the end, but he did tease Paul Heyman about possibly cashing in on Reigns as well.
Reigns chimed in on Big E’s championship win as well.
Smart decision. https://t.co/F98oGkaZ3n
— Roman Reigns (@WWERomanReigns) September 14, 2021
If Reigns and Big E each hold their titles going into Survivor Series in two months then we might see that match there unless opts for something different than the Raw vs. Smackdown format they have used in the past.