Previously, fans have appreciated the individual talents of the New Day members while hating the gimmick, but recently, live audiences have chanted "New Day rocks" instead of "New Day
Perhaps, the majority of fans have refocused on the group's in-ring work and the fact that each member of the group seems to be having endless fun. Any combination of the trio is capable of having a great match with anyone. Nevertheless, the stereotypical shucking and jiving that goes on still needs to be criticized.
Kofi Kingston, Big E Langston, and Xavier Woods do not need the New Day gimmick. Each of them deserves better. So does the pro wrestling audience.
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Kofi Kingston is a WWE veteran who has been a constant fan favorite since he debuted on the main roster in 2008. He is a former World Tag Team Champion (during the brand split), three-time WWE Tag Team Champion, four-time tag team champion, three-time United States Champion,
and four-time Intercontinental Champion.
Yet, his size has been used as an excuse to keep him away from the main event. Kingston deserves the same consideration for WWE's top prize that other smaller guys like Shawn Michaels and Daniel Bryan have received.
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WWE has often relied on Kingston to deliver highlight reel moments, especially at Money in the Bank and the Royal Rumble, while denying him the victory.
BIG E LANGSTON
Langston was a former NXT Champion who debuted on the main roster in 2013 as then heel A.J. Lee's bodyguard, aligning himself with Lee's "boyfriend" Dolph Ziggler.
He waited patiently for his chance to break out, and eventually won the Intercontinental Title. His push ended there, despite his athleticism and a level of strength that rivals that of the "World's Strongest Man" Mark Henry.
If WWE was not ready for Langston to be placed in the WWE Title picture, he should have at least been the one to beat Rusev in the United States v. Russia angle. It would have been appropriate, especially considering Langston's mic work and the high caliber of his matches with Rusev.
The Ph.D. candidate possesses tremendous charisma as either a face or a heel, and his ability in the ring is similar to Kingston's. He looked like a potential star when performed on TNA Impact as Consequences Creed, and it was great to see him make it to WWE main roster in 2013.
Xavier Woods deserves a chance to break out. He should be allowed to become a contender for one of the mid-card titles soon instead of becoming lost in the shuffle.
A HISTORY OF DISCRIMINATION
Discrimination has always existed in pro wrestling. It wasn't until the mid 1960's that black wrestlers could wrestle white wrestlers in public shows.
While Ron Simmons deserve to be acknowledged for opening the door for black wrestlers when he won the WCW World Heavyweight title in 1992, but the first black NWA World Heavyweight Champions usually are not recognized.
Bobo Brazil defeated Buddy Rogers in 1962, and Carlos Colon defeated Ric Flair in 1983. Yet, the title reverted back to the previous champion each time.
In recent years, unfortunately, discrimination has prevented some of the absolute best performers in the industry from attaining the top prize of their of their respective organizations. This is why the Rock, the son of a black Canadian and a Samoan, is the only black WWE/ WWF Champion history, despite the fact that there has been no shortage of black talent (amidst active wrestlers
and thousands of hopefuls).
Only a few black men (Booker T, the Rock, and Mark Henry) have held the World Heavyweight Title in WWE. Yet, as former WWE wrestler JTG has stated, that was a WCW title resurrected after the RAW and SmackDown brand split occurred; black men have been denied the opportunity to serve as the face of the company.
RACIALLY INSENSITIVE GIMMICKS
In a sport that has always been dominated by whites, non-whites have often been relegated to the status of "the other" and either depicted as savages or buffoons, and the internet is filled with examples. It is also common for non-whites to have to portray heels in order to finally receive title pushes.
Black stereotypes have simply evolved from the plantation to the stage, and to movies and television. The documentary Ethnic Notions by Marlon Riggs provides a great introduction to this topic.
TODAY'S RACIAL CLIMATE
Racism is racial prejudice plus the power to enforce it socially, politically, and economically.
For example, it is no coincidence that the most challenged president in the history of the United States is a black man.Barack Obama's ascendancy to presidency has not erased racial tensions or improved social inequality, which was an unrealistic expectation.
These are things that have only been chipped away at gradually.
Then, there is the prevalence and persistence of violence committed against black people, even at the hands of police officers. WWE's New Day gimmick coexisting with the reality of the Black Lives Matter movement as well as covert discrimination and oppression is in poor taste.
A NEW CHANCE
If Big E Langston, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods are to remain in a stable, WWE should change the gimmick. As individuals, each man deserves a push and the chance to shine.
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