WWE Superstar and Intercontinental Champion Big E recently spoke to The A Side on MMA Fighting. Big E discussed a number of topics during the interview, including the controversial matchup between Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan at UFC 259.
Big E compared the situation to pro wrestling; saying that Aljamain Sterling needs to try and embrace a ‘babyface’ role in the ‘feud’. ‘Here’s the problem, when you’re determining heel and babyface roles, you have to know who your opponent is,’ Big E said on The A-SideÂ live chat. ‘His opponent is a frightening Russian man named Petr Yan. So if Aljo was to turn heel, he needs to do it against a guy who can be a babyface.”
Big E on Aljamain Sterling
“I like Yan, I’m thoroughly entertained by him” Big E continued. “I don’t find him to be the guy we can get behind as a babyface. So I would say no, I think Aljo is our babyface. He’s a charismatic guy. He comes out with the gold, dookie chain, he’s got the sweet, sort of like, high top ’˜fro. That’s our babyface.”
“I’d be okay with the heel turn if maybe, like,Â [Cory] SandhagenÂ I think is a babyface we can all get behind” Big E continued. “Maybe we do a bit of a turn there. I think if our next opponent is gonna be Yan, if I’m the booker here, I say we fight it, let’s keep our babyface Sterling here and let’s let Yan be the scary Russian man who knocks people’s heads off.”
Whilst many MMA fans might scoff at the idea of using pro wrestling phycology in fight build-ups? Just look to Conor McGregor to see how successful it can be.
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