Kofi Kingston has revealed that his New Day partner and current WWE Champion Big E was once touted to be a member of The Shield.
The Shield debuted at the 2012 Survivor Series, helping CM Punk to retain his WWE Championship against Ryback and John Cena at the behest of Paul Heyman. The group consisted of Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, and the reigning NXT Champion at the time, Seth Rollins.
Running roughshod over WWE, the group has become one of the most successful of all time with every member winning the WWE Championship. Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns have also held the WWE Universal Title with Reigns currently enjoying a year-plus long reign with that belt. Dean Ambrose left WWE in 2019, before emerging reborn as Jon Moxley in AEW and soon capturing the AEW World Championship.
Speaking to Rich Ucchino of Sportskeeda Wrestling, Kofi Kingston revealed that things could have been very different for The Shield and The New Day as Big E was once touted as a Hound Of Justice:
“Big E will tell the story a lot better, but long-story-short, he was actually supposed to be in the Shield a long time ago, way way back when they were trying to pick people from FCW to come up. So Roman gets the call, Roman goes off, builds himself, and does all these incredible things and incredible run with The Shield. Roman is Roman and also Big E has done some incredible things and [shown] some incredible growth . . . Now, everyone loves Big E, so there’s a big journey there too.”
WWE Champion Big E and WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns came face to face on RAW, flanked by The New Day and The Usos respectively. The two groups met in six-man tag team action with The Bloodline coming out on top. Big E and Reigns’ nights weren’t over however as the two men clashed again in a Triple Threat match involving former WWE Champion Bobby Lashley.