The Big Show attempted to talk Kofi Kingston out of doing one of the more popular things WWE has ever created. That thing is the creation of The New Day.
The group composed of Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods. Although Kingston and Big E had found some success while singles competitors, they have found their niche as a tag team.
The stable originally debuted on the July 21, 2014 episode of Raw, but made their official television debut as The New Day in November 2014.
During their time together, they are three-time world tag team champions within the company. They won the WWE (Raw) Tag Team Champions twice with their second reign being the longest for any Tag Team Championship in WWE history at 483 days, and the SmackDown Tag Team Championship once.
Make no mistake about it, they are a special group, who defends the titles under the Freebird rule, with all three members being recognized as champions.
By looking back on their careers, they won their first WWE Tag Team Championship in April of 2015 Extreme Rules and lost them to The Prime Time Players the following month at the Money in the Bank PPV (pay-per-view event).
They kicked off their second reign, which became the longest in the title's history when they won the titles the following year.
On December 14, 2016, they became the longest reigning tag team champions in WWE history by beating Demolition's 28-year-old record of 478 days with WWE's original World Tag Team Championship and the longest reigning champions for any WWE championship over the last two decades. It was impressive, to say the least.
Their reigns came to an end when they lost to Cesaro and Sheamus four days later after making history. WWE then decided to make some changes and drafted the group to the SmackDown brand in April of this year where they would go onto capture the SmackDown Tag Team Championship as well.
The reign didn’t last long as they lost the titles at the SummerSlam pay-per-view event at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York to The Usos.
During a recent appearance on Steve Austin’s podcast, former WWE Champion The Big Show reflected on trying to talk Kofi Kingston out of doing the group. Here is what the Big Show said (h/t to Wrestlezone):
“When Kofi told me he was doing that New Day gimmick, I pulled Kofi about four feet to the side right in front of Xavier Woods and Big E and I asked him, ‘So what the hell are you doing?’ I’m not polite about it. I’m direct and blunt to the point. When it comes to business it’s serious. I said, ‘What in the hell are you doing with these two numb nuts?’ I said, ‘Damn Kofi, you’re Intercontinental Champion. You’re on the way to having a run with the big strap. You don’t need to drag yourself down with a couple of NXT idiots right now.
You’re really probably gonna hurt yourself. You’re pulling yourself out of that championship run. Holding the Intercontinental Championship is a pretty big deal. You keep in that loop and eventually you’ll get a shot at the big one.’ He goes, ‘Naw, I appreciate it Show; but, we’ve got a good thing going here.’ I said, ‘Alright man. I’m just telling you, running around these two idiots is not gonna help you get over.’
Now fast forward two weeks three weeks, I’m watching the three of them work and I’m watching their chemistry…so they came through the back and I pulled all three of them over and said, ‘Hey remember that conversation we had three weeks ago?’ Kofi is smiling and says, ‘Yeah.’ I said, ‘Forget every damn thing I said. What you guys got is absolute fricking magic. I love it. Forget every damn thing I said”
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