Big E has recently spoken about the new new Netflix movie Escape The Undertaker, and what it was like working with ‘The Dead Man’.
The film was released on 5th October, and gives the viewers the chance to determine the fate of The New Day as they attempt to escape The Undertaker’s mansion.
The synopsis for the Polygon film is as follows:
In this interactive film featuring WWE Superstars, The Undertaker has set a trap for the decorated tag team The New Day at his mansion. What they don’t know: The Undertaker’s mansion is an extreme Haunted House, packed to the brim with supernatural challenges. It’s up to viewers to decide the fate of these three poor souls trying to survive the wrath of The Undertaker.
Speaking on Busted Open Radio, Big E discussed working with ‘The Phenom’ as part of the movie, including ‘Taker telling plenty of stories whilst they were on set.
He was fun. Larry Heck was there, our trainer.
We just had our moments when we had our breaks where we were all just kind of sitting around and Undertaker was telling stories, him and Larry were playing cards. When we were sharing our scenes he was obviously very into the scenes. But the moments before and after it was just really cool to pick the brain of a guy who is a legend and has been around for a long time. So it was cool to see both sides of Taker.
The current WWE Champion went on to discuss his friendship with his New Day brothers, and recall the time Kofi Kingston was advised not to hang around with the other members of the group.
Well you know, we really just built a bond. It’s hard to believe it’s been over seven years, but in 2014 we were really working on putting this group together. And the three of us were really floundering in our careers. And I think what really fortified our bond is the fact that we had to go through so many ups and downs. We were told no so many times. We were laughed at by so many people, because this idea that the three of us wanted to do together a lot of people found laughable. I have no problem saying his name, but Big Show was someone who, in front of our faces, would tell Kofi ‘hey, you don’t have to be hanging around these guys.’ He meant it. ‘You’re better than dealing with them.’ But I’m so grateful that the three of us bet on ourselves and believed in ourselves and forged our bond. And the reason I don’t mind saying Big Show’s name is because he apologized many times and said ‘you guys did things your way and it worked.’ I appreciate him for that.
Big E had plenty to say about Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods, talking about how their friendship has helped them through difficult times.
That really, those rough times, often times it can drive people and families and friends apart. But for us it brought us closer together. And I love those guys so much and I love that we can do something unique in wrestling. You don’t see a ton of stories of people who have real love and affection for each other, especially among men. I think it’s cool to portray a male friendship between three guys in a positive way. The fact that we, Woods and I, got to be in a gauntlet match to get Kofi a World Title match is something you never really see. Two guys working to get another guy an opportunity. After all these years we’re as tight as ever, and I couldn’t be more grateful for those guys.
Having won the WWE Champion from ‘The Almighty’ Bobby Lashley, Big has already made plenty of defences of the belt and will once again do so when he takes on Drew McIntyre at Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia.
With thanks to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.