Big E wins WWE Championship for first time on Raw as fans say ‘I screamed at TV’

Wrestling fans around the world have celebrated the crowning of a new WWE Champion after Big E won the company's top prize for the first time.

The 35-year-old beat Bobby Lashley for the gold in a dramatic conclusion to Monday's episode of Raw.

Big E had already threatened before the show had begun that he'd be cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase, putting Lashley on high alert.

Lashley already had enough on his plate going into the event with his scheduled WWE title defence against Randy Orton brought forward to Raw from the Extreme Rules pay-per-view later this month.

His six-month reign had looked to be safe for a few moments after he'd successfully defeated Orton with a Spear after a frantic match.

But Big E made good on his promise and, with Lashley struggling with an injured knee, the former tag team specialist hit the ring to cash in.

It wasn't entirely one-way traffic – Lashley did manage to force a near-fall with a spear, but Big E would soon overcome that and ended up pinning the leader of the Hurt Business to spark wild celebrations.

It has been speculated that WWE opted to go with Big E's dramatic title win to help boost Raw ratings in the wake of AEW's incredibly successful last few weeks – Tony Khan's company beating the red brand in the 18-49 ratings demographic for the first time.

But regardless of the reason, it was an immensely feel-good moment as the fans in attendance – and those watching at home – lapped up the scenes of a hugely popular performer getting the biggest win of his career.

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One said on Twitter after the victory: "[Big E] is simply a hell of a wrestler and entertainer and he deserves this, more than the last two or three have! Congrats, Big E!"

Another added: "Literally screamed at my TV when the red counted three. (sic) I did worry that they were gonna cock this up.

"Well done to Big E. He absolutely deserves this, 100%"

Tributes and messages of congratulations also poured in from the wrestler's colleagues, with SmackDown Women's Champion, Becky Lynch, summing them up best by saying: "The best.. Congratulations @WWEBigE."

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