On December 5, 2011, at a house show, Big E Langston performed in a 41-man battle royal, but was eliminated soon into the match, which was won by Dolph Ziggler. During the WrestleMania XXVIII Axxess event in April 2012, Langston defeated Antonio Cesaro.
In 2012, Big E Langston debuted on the August 1 episode of WWE NXT taped at Full Sail University, where he defeated Adam Mercer. This marked the start of a winning streak for Langston, who from September started repeatedly hitting his finishing maneuver on his opponents and demanding the referee to use a five count instead of a three count during his pins.
At the WWE Slammy Awards 2012, Langston debuted by attacking John Cena during his match with Dolph Ziggler. On the December 18 Super SmackDown, Langston attacked The Miz on Miz TV, then assaulted Cena during his match against Big Show and Dolph Ziggler signifying his alliance with AJ Lee. Langston also started to feud with "The Ascension" Conor O'Brian for the NXT Championship. On the February 18th episode of SmackDown after Alberto Del Rio had defeated Dolph Ziggler in a non-title match, he hit Del Rio with his Big Ending signature maneuver. But Ziggler failed to cash in his Money in the Bank contract on Del Rio after Ricardo Rodriguez took the briefcase and ran away. On March 18, 2013 episode of Raw, Team Hell No, fed up with Langston's repeated attacks, challenged him and Dolph Ziggler to a tag-team match. Langston and Ziggler accepted on the terms that the match be for the WWE Tag Team Championship at WrestleMania 29; the match became set to be Langston's first match on the main roster. On the April 04, 2013 episode of NXT, Langston defeated O'Brian to retain the NXT Championship. At WrestleMania 29, Langston and Ziggler failed to defeat Team Hell No after Daniel Bryan pinned Ziggler, costing Langston his debut match. The following night on Raw, Langston won his first televised match by defeating Daniel Bryan. Langston then began feuding with Bo Dallas on NXT, claiming he would "crush his dreams". On May 23, 2013, Dallas defeated Langston to win the NXT Championship and conclude their feud.
In May 2013, Langston began feuding with Alberto del Rio as Dolph Ziggler's replacement due to injury. The pair exchanged wins on RAW and Main Event. On the June 10 episode of Raw, Langston was revealed as the secret admirer of WWE Divas Champion Kaitlyn; this in turn was revealed to be a ploy to humiliate Kaitlyn by AJ, the number one contender to Kaitlyn's title. Over the next several weeks, Langston still involved in Lee's feud with Kaitlyn would accompanied Lee to her matches and even re-enact the catfishing with Lee by mocking her in a blonde wig and muscle suit on the June 24 episode of Raw. At the Money in the Bank pay-per-view, Lee with Langston would successfully defend the Divas Championship against Kaitlyn whom was accompanied by Layla. Ziggler ended his relationship with Lee the following night on Raw, Lee would gain a measure of revenge when AJ emerged from the timekeeper’s table and wildly clanged the ring bell to distract Dolph costing him his non-title rematch with Del Rio. Adding insult to injury, AJ attacked Ziggler and unleashed Langston to give the Big Ending on Ziggler. On the July 29 episode of Raw, Langston was defeated by Ziggler via disqualification after AJ interfered and attacked Ziggler. In a rematch on the following week's Raw, Langston defeated Ziggler following a distraction by AJ and Kaitlyn. On August 18 at SummerSlam, Langston and AJ were defeated by Ziggler and Kaitlyn in a mixed tag team match. After this loss, Langston stopped aiding AJ altogether and started wrestling alone.
In mid-October, Langston lost to CM Punk on SmackDown and turned face after aiding him in fending off an attack by Ryback and Curtis Axel. Three days later on the October 21 episode of Raw, Langston would team with Punk to defeat Ryback and Curtis Axel, pinning Axel, earning an Intercontinental Championship match at Hell in a Cell. On October 27th, at the pay-per-view, Hell in the Cell, His opponent, Curtis Axel was injured so couldn't compete against Big E Langston for the Intercontinental Championship. Langston then accompanied other superstars at the kickoff panel. Interrupted by The Shield, Big E then challenged Dean Ambrose that night for the United States Championship. Big E Langston won by count out but did not win the title. The following night on Raw, Langston was granted a rematch for the title and won by disqualification after Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins interfered.
On November 18, Langston defeated Curtis Axel to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship on Raw Country. Langston would once again defeat Axel in his return match at the Survivor Series pay-per-view. Langston then started a feud with Damien Sandow after Sandow became the number one contender for his championship. This would set a match between the two at the TLC pay-per-view, which Langston was able to win. In February 2014, his ring name was shortened, removing "Langston" to become just Big E. At the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view he successfully defended his championship against Jack Swagger. Big E competed in the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal at WrestleMania XXX, being eliminated by Fandango. At Extreme Rules on May 4, Big E lost the title to Bad News Barrett. Big E later became involved in a feud with Rusev and Lana, which lead to a match with Rusev at Payback which Big E lost. At Money in the Bank, Big E lost to Rusev again. Big E competed in the Intercontinental Championship Battle Royal at Battleground (2014), but failed to outlast 19 other superstars.
On the July 21 episode of Raw, after losing a tag team match to RybAxel, he and Kofi Kingston were confronted by a newly-looking Xavier Woods who offered to manage them; Big E and Kofi accepted. The next night on WWE Main Event, they defeated Heath Slater and Titus O'Neil in a decisive match, under Woods' management. However, Woods' group quickly and quietly disbanded. On the August 8 episode of SmackDown, Big E wrestled a singles match with no sign of Woods in his corner, as did Kingston on the August 12 episode of Main Event. However, Woods did appear in the corner of Big E and Kingston for a tag team match at a live event on August 22, signifying that the group may not have disbanded. From the November 3 episode of Raw, WWE began airing vignettes for Big E, Kingston and Woods, with the stable now being billed as "The New Day". The New Day made their in-ring debut on the November 28 episode of SmackDown in a winning effort against Titus O'Neil, Heath Slater and Curtis Axel. The New Day fought in two matches at WrestleMania 31, but were on the losing end both times. At Extreme Rules in April, Big E and Kingston won the WWE Tag Team Championships from Tyson Kidd and Cesaro. The New Day defeated Tyson Kidd and Cesaro in a rematch on both WWE Smackdown and Payback, with Xavier Woods interfering both matches. Big E competed in the first WWE Tag Team Championship Elimination Chamber match, at Elimination Chamber, the other participants were The Prime Time Players, The Ascension, Tyson Kidd and Cesaro, Los Matadores, and The Lucha Dragons. At Money in the Bank, The New Day lost the titles to The Prime Time Players (Titus O'Neil and Darren Young). New Day would then win the titles for a second time after they defeated the Prime Time Players, Los Matadores, and the Lucha Dragons in a tag team fatal 4-way match at SummerSlam. The following night on Raw, after New Day's victory of the Lucha Dragons, The Dudley Boyz made their WWE return and attacked the New Day. After a successful title defense against the Prime Time Players on the September 14 episode of Raw, New Day lost to the Dudley Boyz via disqualification at Night of Champions but retained their tag team titles. They would do the same on October 3, 2015 at WWE Live From MSG. On the October 5 episode of Raw, Big E unsuccessfully challenged John Cena for the United States Championship. The New Day ended their feud with the Dudley Boys after defeating them at Hell in a Cell.
2016 would see the start of what would eventually become a face turn for New Day as the crowd was starting to get behind them once again. Despite this, they still worked as villains in their Royal Rumble win against The Usos. They would then go on to WWE Fastlane as guests on Edge and Christian's talk show, The Cutting Edge Peep Show and tease an eventual confrontation with the stable referred to as the League of Nations, comprising of Wade Barrett, Sheamus, Rusev, and Alberto Del Rio. This would later be confirmed and what would eventually become a best of three series would take place, starting at WWE Roadblock, with The New Day scoring the first win. They would go on to face the League again at WrestleMania 32, where a Bullhammer elbow by Barrett would lead to a win from the League of Nations. This feud would end the next day on Raw where New Day would pick up the final win, and the League of Nations would kick Barrett out and started a new feud with the The Wyatt Family immediately after doing so. On July 19, at the 2016 WWE Draft, Big E, along with his fellow New Day teammates, were drafted to Raw.
On August 1, 2016, he was by storyline injured after an attack by Gallows and Anderson after the New Day defeated them in tag team action. At SummerSlam, Big E returned from injury by attacking Gallows and Anderson, during their match against other The New Day members Kingston and Woods. At Clash of Champions, The New Day retained the titles against Gallows and Anderson. On the October 31 episode of Raw, The New Day revealed that they were made captain of Team Raw for the 10–on–10 Survivor Series Tag Team Elimination match at Survivor Series on November 20, 2016, where their team would win, even though The New Day were the second team eliminated overall. On the November 21 episode of Raw, The New Day successfully retained their titles against Team Raw's sole survivors, Cesaro and Sheamus. The following week, they defeated The Club for another successful title defense. At Roadblock: End of the Line, the New Day lost their championships to Cesaro and Sheamus thus ending their record breaking championship reign at 483 days. Despite their disappointment, they have retained their "Power Of Positivity" nonetheless.All members were in the Royal Rumble match but were eliminated by Sheamus and Cesaro. On February 20, 2017, they were announced as the hosts of WrestleMania 33. On April 11, 2017, Big E and The New Day were moved to the SmackDown brand as part of the Superstar Shake-up. The New Day debuted on "Talking Smack", the post-show for SmackDown Live on May 23, however, they did not wrestle or make an appearance on SmackDown Live itself.
At Battleground, Kingston and Woods, representing The New Day, defeated The Usos to win the SmackDown Tag Team Championships for the first time. Though Big E did not wrestle himself, due to The New Day defending the titles under the Freebird Rule, Big E is also recognized as a champion. The New Day lost the tag titles back to The Usos at SummerSlam. The Usos held the titles for about a month before The New Day won them back on SmackDown Live that September. At Hell in a Cell, Big E and Woods took on The Usos in the namesake match but lost the championships. On the October 23 edition of Raw, The New Day along with other talents of SmackDown ambushed the Raw wrestlers. They again appeared on the November 6 episode of Raw in the crowd, which led to the distraction of Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose and costing them the tag titles. On the November 14 edition of SmackDown, The Shield led an attack with Raw Superstars and invaded SmackDown similar to the one that led by SmackDown and attacked everyone including New Day. At Survivor Series, The New Day lost to The Shield. The New Day failed to regain the titles from The Usos at Clash of Champions in a fatal-4-way tag team match also involving the team of Rusev and Aiden English, and Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin. Big E entered the 2018 Royal Rumble match as the ninth entrant but failed to win the match after being eliminated by Jinder Mahal.
The New Day at WrestleMania 34 in April 2018
At Fastlane, The New Day faced The Usos for the Smackdown Tag Team Championships, but went to a no-contest after inference from The Bludgeon Brothers. Two weeks later, it was confirmed that at WrestleMania 34, The New Day would face the Usos and the Bludgeon Brothers in a triple threat tag team match for the Smackdown Tag Team Championships. The New Day failed to capture the titles at the event, which were won by The Bludgeon Brothers. On the April 11 episode of SmackDown, The New Day were defeated by The Usos in a match to determine which team would challenge The Bludgeon Brothers at the Greatest Royal Rumble event. The New Day was then defeated by SAnitY in a six-man tables match at the Extreme Rules pre-show. The New Day competed in a tag team title tournament, defeating SAnitY in the first round, while Cesaro and Sheamus defeated the Usos. The New Day then defeated Cesaro and Sheamus the following week on SmackDown to earn the right to face The Bludgeon Brothers at SummerSlam, where they won the match by disqualification, meaning the Bludgeon Brothers retained their titles. Two days later on SmackDown, however, The New Day defeated The Bludgeon Brothers in a No Disqualification match to capture the titles for the third time. Big E and Woods then represented the New Day when they unsuccessfully defended their tag titles against The Bar on SmackDown 1000.
Big E entered the 2019 Royal Rumble, but was eliminated by Samoa Joe. In the lead-up to WrestleMania 35, Big E's New Day teammate Kofi Kingston was attempting to earn a shot at the WWE Championship and after many attempts, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon granted him the title shot after Big E and Xavier Woods defeated Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, Shinsuke Nakamura and Rusev, The Bar, The Usos, and Daniel Bryan and Erick Rowan in a tag team gauntlet match. Shortly after WrestleMania, Big E suffered a legitimate knee injury which sidelined him for weeks. He later returned and eventually earned another SmackDown tag team title opportunity at Extreme Rules. At the event, Big E and Xavier Woods defeated Daniel Bryan and Erick Rowan, and Heavy Machinery to win the titles (during this reign, Kingston was not recognized as champion as he was the reigning WWE Champion). They lost the titles to The Revival at Clash of Champions, but regained it on the November 8 episode of SmackDown, becoming record five-time champions as a team, and a record fifth reign for Big E individually (Woods is not recognized for this reign due to an injury). At TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs, Big E and Kingston successfully defended the titles against The Revival in a ladder match. On January 26, 2020, at the Royal Rumble, Big E participated in the Royal Rumble match but was eliminated by Brock Lesnar.
At Super ShowDown, Big E and Kingston lost the championships against John Morrison and the Miz and failed to regain the titles at Elimination Chamber. On the April 17 episode of SmackDown, Big E, who represented The New Day, won the titles back from Miz, who represented himself and Morrison, in a triple threat match, also involving Jey Uso, who represented The Usos, and this makes The New Day six-time SmackDown Tag Team Champions. At The Horror Show at Extreme Rules, The New Day would lose the championships to Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura in a Tables match after Cesaro and Nakamura put Kingston through two tables.
Return to singles career (2020–2021)
On the July 24 episode of SmackDown, Kingston revealed that he would be out of action for six weeks and gave Big E the blessing to go on a solo run. Big E would then embark on his singles run as he entered a feud with Sheamus, defeating him at Payback in a singles match and once again on the October 9 episode of SmackDown in a Falls Count Anywhere match. As part of the 2020 Draft in October, Kingston and Woods were drafted to the Raw brand while Big E remained on the SmackDown brand, starting a singles career which included a new theme by Wale and titantron separate from The New Day.
On the December 25 episode of SmackDown (taped on December 22), Big E defeated Sami Zayn in a lumberjack match to win the Intercontinental Championship for the second time. On the January 8, 2021 episode of SmackDown, Big E defended the Intercontinental Championship against Apollo Crews, and the match ended in a double-pinfall draw, but after a match restart, Big E scored the victory. On the January 22 episode of SmackDown, his match with Crews ended in a no contest after Zayn interfered and attacked both of them. At the Royal Rumble event, Big E entered the Royal Rumble match and eliminated Zayn, Mustafa Ali, The Hurricane, and Bobby Lashley, before being eliminated by Omos (who was not a part of the match).
On the February 5 episode on SmackDown, Big E retained his title against Crews and Zayn in a triple threat match. Following this, Crews would began to target Big E to the point where Crews injured Big E, taking him out of action for several weeks. Big E returned on the March 12 episode of SmackDown, accepting Crews' offer for a rematch at Fastlane. At Fastlane, Big E would once again retain the championship but would be attacked by Crews after the match. On the March 26 episode of SmackDown, Big E was pinned by Crews in a six-man tag match, which gave Crews another opportunity for the championship at WrestleMania 37. At WrestleMania, Big E lost the Intercontinental Championship to Crews in a Nigerian Drum Fight due to interference from Commander Azeez. He challenged Crews for the Intercontinental Championship on the May 21 episode of Smackdown in a fatal 4-way which included Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, but was unsuccessful when Aleister Black attacked him. The potential feud was soon dropped when Black was released by WWE.
WWE Champion (2021–present)
On the June 25 episode of SmackDown, Big E defeated Crews to qualify for the men's Money in the Bank ladder match. At Money in the Bank, he won the men's ladder match, becoming the first African-American competitor to hold the contract. On the August 13 episode of SmackDown, Baron Corbin stole his briefcase during a backstage interview. At SummerSlam, Big E defeated Corbin to regain the briefcase.
On the September 13 episode of Raw, Big E cashed in his Money in the Bank contract on Bobby Lashley to win the WWE Championship for the first time in his career. With that, he reunited with his New Day stablemates, who came out to celebrate his win. During the first night of the 2021 WWE Draft on the October 1 episode of SmackDown, Big E was officially drafted to Raw, while Kingston and Woods were drafted to SmackDown brand. The new rosters were set to officially go into effect on October 22, the night after Crown Jewel, where Big E successfully defended the WWE Championship against Drew McIntyre. On November 8, it was announced that Big E would face Roman Reigns at Survivor Series. At the event, Big E would be defeated by Reigns.