As part of The New Day, Big E is one of the most popular wrestlers on the WWE's main roster right now.
It wasn't always that way, however, and the Superstar has recently revealed a truly awkward moment from his in-ring debut back in 2013 that could have landed him in the bad books from the outset.
It involved the now departed Women's Superstar AJ Lee and an unfortunate flailing hand from Big E combining to create a moment he describes as "the most frightening" in his career.
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As Big E explains, via NoDQ.com, he was walking down to the ring alongside AJ Lee and Dolph Ziggler in preparation for a match against Daniel Bryan when he got a little over excited.
Per the anecdote, the Superstar was trying to stretch as he made his way down the ramp but unintentionally struck the former Diva of the Year directly in the chest. As Big E put it:
"I remember swinging back and knowing that I hit her, and I was expecting to turn around, see this tiny woman on the ground in a pool of blood.
“I don’t know what I would have done after that, probably just walk straight to the back. But thankfully, she’s very tough, it ended up hitting her, in, like, her chest or upper torso region, not her face, she was fine.
We ended up having a laugh about it later but that could have been really bad, but thankfully, everything’s all good.”
Here's the moment and boy does that look painful.
Had Lee not been made of such strong stuff, that could have been Big E's WWE career done and dusted before it had even truly begun.
Vince McMahon isn't known to be more tolerant of bosses, and seeing a newcomer floor a main roster star like that in front of a huge audience would not have gone down well.
The New Day star has managed to move on from the awkward incident to forge a hugely successful career in the company. Nevertheless, he still admits that that moment when he struck Lee in 2013 is still probably the most frightening he has experienced.