After becoming a very stagnant heel, Big E. Langston turned babyface following his match against CM Punk on the recent episode of SmackDown. Paul Heyman appeared on stage with his "guys," Curtis Axel and Ryback, to further verbally intimidate Punk. During his spiel, Heyman made some subtle remarks about his victory, calling Langston "marginal" and tracing his NXT roots.
As the trio proceeded to the ring, outnumbering Punk, Langston returned to the ring from the outside to surprisingly help CM Punk. He took out Curtis Axel, while Punk gained an advantage on Ryback, which caused them to retreat.
The Big E. Langston turn will fit right into the current storyline between CM Punk and Paul Heyman. According to F4WOnline, via WrestlingInc., Langston is expected to commence a feud with Ryback following the finishing touches of his angle with Punk.
The Big E. Langston turn was a fantastic decision, and it will finally give the WWE Universe (those who do not follow NXT) an opportunity to see how over Langston can be. The "Three ain't enough man, I need five!" beginning line of his current theme song stems from his "five count" demand during his NXT days, reminiscent of King Kong Bundy.
Eventually, Big E. Langston became the most popular babyface on the NXT roster, garnering fans to chant "Five, Five, Five..." to give him more fuel leading to, and during, his matches. Langston became the second NXT Champion, defeating Seth Rollins and retaining it for over five months before losing it to Bo Dallas.
Langston made his television debut in December of 2012, during Dolph Ziggler's feud with John Cena over the World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank briefcase. Although his was billed as Ziggler's "muscle," his win/loss record as a heel was not very impressive, and has not won a match on Raw or SmackDown for nearly three months. Although he has remained relevant on Superstars and Main Event, the limited exposure and interest of those programs does not help Langston hone his craft as a heel.
Big E. Langston vs. Ryback should at least help Langston experience a resurgence as a valuable player in the WWE. What it does for Ryback? Most likely not very much. However, building Langston from the ground up as a babyface should put him on par to be a world champion in the near future. Hopefully, we will see him start this journey by defeating Curtis Axel and becoming the Intercontinental Champion, making more at stake in his feud against Ryback.
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