Chris Jericho has recalled what the original name was going to be for the group consisting of Xavier Woods, Big E, and Kofi Kingston before they debuted as The New Day in 2014.
The three members of The New Day were at very different stages of their WWE careers by the middle of 2014 but also found themselves lost in the shuffle of the WWE roster. In July Woods came to the ring to convince both Big E and Kingston to join him. Vignettes soon began airing showing a gospel-inspired trio that told the masses they were ready to bring a New Day into WWE. In November 2014 the group debuted, and things did not go well. For months, the group seemed to flounder as the fans didn’t take to them as good guys, when The New Day became villains shortly thereafter, things began falling into place.
However, things could have been very different had the trio debuted with what was supposedly the original name for the group.
Speaking to the new AEW tag team 2.0 on his Talk Is Jericho podcast, Chris Jericho discussed where the duo’s former NXT moniker of Ever-Rise came from before revealing The New Day’s original name:
“That’s what New Day was. Their original name was literally, this is not a joke, ‘Fresh Coat of Paint.’ They decided on New Day basically right before. If you think about it, what does that even mean? Even ‘New Day’, what does that even mean?”
It was Shakespeare who first said “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” but even the most ardent New Days fans must admit it’s hard to imagine ‘Fresh Coat Of Paint’ becoming eleven-time tag team champions.
The New Day was also recently named by WWE as the greatest tag team in company history during a countdown of the best teams of all time.