Big E has revealed that there was an idea pitched that would have seen The New Day break up after Kofi Kingston won the WWE Title at WrestleMania 35.
The New Day have been ever-presents on WWE television since Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods and Big E came together in late 2014. The trio have since gone on to become one of the most successful groups of all time, with numerous Tag Team Titles reigns under their multi-coloured belt.
The stable have have also enjoyed success as singles stars with Kingston winning the WWE Title in 2019.
Following the victory at the affectionately renamed ‘KofiMania,’ Big E has now revealed that the group were almost broken up. Speaking to talkSPORT’s Alex McCarthy, the former Intercontinental Champion said that the subject was broached by “the very head of what we do.” However, the group quickly turned down the idea.
“I know there were rumours for a while that certain things were pitched, but I think because we had been so adamant about not wanting to be broken up I think that’s where people were like ‘ehhh, I don’t know if we should because they really don’t want it.’
“I can’t really divulge the conversation, but even from the top of the business, the very head of what we do – you know exactly who I’m talking about – he directly told us ‘hey, this is the idea’ and we said, we’re not feeling it,” E revealed. This was post-KofiMania. There were people who wanted it earlier [than that] as well.”
Big E continued, explaining that if the group had split, they would have missed out on so many great moments which came later. The multi-time Tag Team Champion went on to reflect on how the group adapted from their early incarnation into the team that fans see today.
“If we’d done it, we would have missed out on so many great moments. I still think that doing it now or soon, there are great moments to come and we have a lot more to offer. I think you’ve seen happy, clappy New Day for a very long time.
“I still even want to play around with the original ideas we had. When you saw Woods come out in that red and white suit in 2014… that was our original intent, our original plan! To be this hard-nosed, not shaking hands, not singing, not shucking and jiving anymore – we’re not taking it anymore. We’re not sitting back, we’re going to take it.
“Obviously, the group ended up being the exact opposite [laughs]. Instead of no more shaking hands and kissing babies, we now specialise in shaking hands and kissing babies and dancing [laughs]. We had to pivot a bit but it all worked out for us.”
Looking forwards Big E also suggested that there’s still a lot left for the group to accomplish, so don’t bank on a split any time soon.
“I think we still have so much to offer as a group and I just like telling stories in a different way. I get our business is a business of conflict, but I think the story of brotherhood and three guys who genuinely want the best for each other is different and unique.”
Following the WWE Draft in October 2020, The New Day have been kept apart on television, with Big E on SmackDown and Kingston and Woods on RAW. However, it has recently been reported that the group could unite on RAW in the coming months.
Meanwhile, Kofi Kingston is set to challenge for the WWE Title once again at Money In The Bank when he takes on Bobby Lashley. The pair have become involved in a simmering feud of late, which will now see the gold on the line on July 18th.
Big E will also be in action in Fort Worth, Texas, when he competes in the men’s Money In The Bank Ladder Match.