In 2013, Big E (née Langston) was introduced to the WWE main roster as the bodyguard for Dolph Ziggler and AJ Lee. The three loyal friends — affectionately dubbed “Team Rocket” by us here at With Spandex — had a solid run at the top, but Big E’s debut singles match got off to an inauspicious start when he walloped AJ during his entrance, as seen in the video above.
During an appearance on the Rappler podcast in the Philippines, Big E was asked about the incident and he recalled how much that moment terrified him.
“That was, at the time, probably the most frightening moment in my career. It probably still is.
“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.”
Big E remains just as wonderful an individual out of the ring as you would imagine. Also, he was right to be horrified, as I imagine a stray punch from Big E would end the lives of most normal people. As we all know, however, “normal people” is a group that does not include AJ Lee.