Wrestling: Big E Langston
THREE AIN'T ENOUGH MAN I NEED FIVE!Ettore Ewen
(born March 1, 1986) is an American professional wrestler, competing in WWE
under the ring name of Big E.
Prior to joining WWE, Ewen was a powerlifter, having won many championships and setting records at both state and national levels. Ewen joined WWE in 2009 and adopted the "Big E. Langston" moniker. The "Langston" was dropped in February 2014 and now he's just "Big E."
Big E is a one-time Intercontinental champion and a one-time NXT champion.
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- The Artifact: One could argue, his theme song, which was ported from NXT along with him even though his five-count gimmick hasn't been so much as referenced during his time on the main roster.
- Battle Strip: If you're in the ring with Big E and the straps come down (ergo, his massive pecs are showing)... chances are, bad things are about to happen to you.
- Big Brother Mentor: Seems to have one in Mark Henry... which makes sense, as absurd physical strength is both men's stock in trade.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Once the bell rings Big E is a very lively competitor. When not involved in matches though, he is pretty subdued.
- The Brute: To Dolph Ziggler, and then to AJ Lee.
- Carnival of Killers: Attempted by Vickie Guerrero, who put a bounty on Big E's head but defied by Dusty Rhodes who put a stop any further collection attempts after the first two failed.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: He's a nationally ranked powerlifter, with a max deadlift of about 800 pounds. Michael Cole once said during one of his matches that he uses a 400+ pound bench as his rep weight. He's very nearly in the class of Mark Henry (who, it's worth noting, outweighs him by 100 pounds or more), and that's saying quite a bit.
- Cloudcuckoolander: He doesn't say much, but when he does talk (or tweet, for that matter), it's pretty obvious that his personality is...let's say, a bit off-center. No wonder he and AJ Lee get along so well.
- Downplayed Trope: WWE seems intent on pushing him as a no-nonsense aggressive brute, even though he seems to be playful and capable of cutting interesting if nonsensical promos. They are also keeping him in standard matches rather than using the five count gimmick that got him over prior.
- The Comically Serious: Dips into this at points, mainly because he doesn't get to talk much on camera while Dolph Ziggler and AJ Lee are both pretty hammy.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Type 2 in a Elimination Chamber 2012 promo, where he appeared with other FCW wrestlers at John Cena's gym.
- Finishing Move: The Big Ending - a jumping over-the-shoulder cutter.
- Fleeting Demographic Rule: His gimmick in NXT was beating down opponents enough for a five count pin as opposed to a three count, a gimmick made famous by King Kong Bundy.
- Gag Boobs
- One of the only men in recorded history to possess them.
- Played up on the JBL & Cole Show.
- Paige asks him how he can go around without wearing anything under his shirt and questions if playing with his pectorals counts as sexual harassment.
- Heel-Face Turn: On the 10/18/13 Smackdown - after CM Punk beat him in a match, Paul Heyman showed up with Ryback and Curtis Axel to sarcastically congratulate Punk on beating a 'marginally talented rookie.' Big E didn't take kindly to this, and when Heyman sent Ryback and Axel down to the ring to pound on Punk, Axel got pounded on by Big E instead...
- Heroic Build: ...Well, yeah. The picture sort of says it all.
- Homage: The colors and lion insignia on his singlet are this to his heritage - Jamaican and Montserratian, to be exact.
- Incoming Ham: His ring entrance features quite a bit of barking, chest pounding, and LOTS of chalk. It's a bit Lebron James meets Titus O'Neil.
- Lightning Bruiser: Very athletic for a 285-pounder. Can also deadlift the equivalent three or four grown men and hit like a ton of bricks.
- Muscles Are Meaningful: In Big E's case, very, very meaningful. See Charles Atlas Superpower.
- Noodle Incident/The Unreveal: Exactly what the hell was Big E's former history with AJ Lee? We never found out.
- Only One Name: The "Langston" was dropped from his name in 2014 for some strange reason.
- One-Letter Name: If we're going with the logical assumption that "Big" is simply an adjective, we're left with just 'E' as his name. Though his real name is Ettore Ewen, which is possibly where the 'E' comes from. Confirmed by an offhand comment by Michael Cole.
- Ramming Always Works: Well, of course it does when you're built like a tank and can deadlift well over a quarter of a ton. But Big E's rarely-used shoulder block/spear is notable in that he performs it suicide-style (diving to the outside of the ring) to an opponent on the ring apron.
- Redemption Demotion: Back when Big E worked for Ziggler, he could easily power out of Alberto Del Rio's cross arm breaker and even pinned the champion clean once. He was nigh unstoppable. When the roles were reversed, Big E was reduced to being completely ineffectual in any action that wasn't simply running into Del Rio, who easily made Big E tap with the cross arm breaker.
- Redemption Promotion: Debuted on the main WWE programming as Dolph Ziggler & AJ Lee's enforcer, meaning he was affiliated with the World Heavyweight & Divas champions; then Ziggler dropped the WHC & turned face, leaving Langston as bodyguard to AJ Lee; before he & AJ were quietly split up off-screen, leaving him languishing in the opening card; at which point he turned face, promptly became the Intercontinental champion & began appearing on Raw & SmackDown each week.
- Scary Black Man: Double subversion. Because of his quirkiness, he doesn't fit the profile from a personality standpoint. At the same time, though... just look at him.
- Signature Move: The splash
- The Stoic/The Quiet One: He was this for a couple weeks, and seemed to fit this gimmick full-on... and then he started talking, revealing that he is much more eccentric than your usual menacing big man.
- The Straight Man: Acted this to AJ Lee's craziness.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Played with in his 'five-count' gimmick. To put it in layman's terms, he liked to beat opponents so thoroughly that he could score a pinfall of five counts instead of three - and in most cases, it worked.
- Token Good Teammate: Continued to wrestle as a face on NXT despite being affiliated with heels on Raw and Smackdown. For anyone watching both shows, this also caused Heel-Face Revolving Door.