Let me start this off by saying there are no rumors about the New Day splitting anytime soon. I just want to look at what WWE should do with the three members of New Day after they break them up because a split is inevitable.
Like The Shield before them and Evolution before them, and DX before them, the list goes on. The best thing about a stable is the split. Who’s going to turn? When will it happen? What does this mean going forward?
Much like the Shield, New Day has three of the best wrestlers in WWE today. Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods all just jell so well together, and the matches they can put on in the ring, with practically any team, never ceases to amaze the WWE Universe.
Which, stands to reason, that the three split up should be able to hold there own in the ring. We’ve already seen what Kofi and Big E can do as singles competitors, and there is a small sampling of Woods in NXT under his old pseudonym Consequences Creed. While Woods’ matches in NXT weren’t horrible, you could tell he still needed to learn more, and it seems his time in New Day working alongside Kofi, and Big E has worked. When Woods gets in the ring now, either as a tag team with either of his stablemates or as a singles competitor, he shines.
So, without further ado, let’s get into to what each wrestler should do after the trio breaks up.
Starting off with the muscle of the group Big E already has an NXT Title to his name as well as a single Intercontinental Championship run.
In NXT Big E played a heel, and did pretty well. When he debuted on the main roster, he did so as AJ Lee’s heavy, and then into Dolph Ziggler’s “bodyguard” after Ziggler and Lee started kayfabe dating.
Once Lee and Ziggler “broke up” though he moved onto a singles career, that was somewhat unsuccessful. That would then lead to him joining Woods and Kingston in forming The New Day.
All that being said though, we now have to look at how Big E should transition into a new singles career.
One way I could see WWE splitting the trio up is for New Day members Kofi Kingston and Big E wrestling in a match on the day of the draft, going up against a Raw team with the stipulation that the team that wins gets a draft pick for their show.
Big E and Kingston lose, with Kingston taking the pinfall, and that leads to just Big E getting drafted to Raw, which could then lead to Big E turning on his New Day mates leaving them laying in the ring, and making Big E a new heel, and a new force to be reckoned with on Raw.
Big E is one of those wrestlers that can be made to look like he can beat anyone. Yes, even the great Braun Strowman. Don’t have me stoned for that blasphemy, please I beg of you. In fact, Big E may be the easiest one in the New Day to book after the trio splits up. He has the look that Vince is looking for, and he has the athleticism to hold his own in the ring with anyone on the roster. And at only 31 years old Big E’s best years are ahead of him.
Kingston is the most decorated man in the New Day with ten singles and tag team titles in his career. Not to mention when you think Kofi Kingston the first thing that comes to mind is the way he has kept himself from getting eliminated from the Royal Rumble in the past.
If WWE does the storyline, I mentioned before then Kofi stays on SmackDown Live, and Kofi could also be booked into challenging for any title on the roster. I’m not going to lie; it would be nice to finally see Kofi get a long WWE Title run, he definitely deserves it.
Kofi getting a world title run could also lead to another storyline with Xavier Woods.
The pair will obviously stay close following the break-up, and can even try to stay together as a tag team despite the fact they no longer have their muscle. Although, their efforts as a tag team should not work. Their chemistry is fine; they should just always come up short.
Until finally Kofi approaches Woods backstage early in an episode of SmackDown and tells Woods that he no longer wants to be a tag team, and instead thinks they should both focus on their singles career. Woods reluctantly agrees.
Kofi is immediately shot-putted into the main event scene, while Woods struggles in the mid-card to even get a win. Being a singles competitor is harder than he thought it would be.
So, Woods starts being Kingston’s “manager.” Walking out with him, helping him in the matches all the way through Kingston winning the WWE Championship.
Once Kingston wins the title, as he is celebrating post-match Woods turns on his former New Day friend. Woods is angry because Kingston got all the accolades, while Woods is the most talented out of the two.
This could lead to a match at WrestleMania for the WWE Championship, and multiple matches afterward. There is no doubt in my mind that the duo could have a fantastic feud and amazing matches. But WWE would have to take a chance on them to find out.
Also, if Kingston did win the WWE Championship, he would be the first African American to hold said title.
Woods to me has the brightest future out of the trio. Already great on the mic, and really good in the ring, Woods could be a main eventer if WWE gets behind him. If rumors of Triple H gaining more control of the company soon are correct, then Woods should have no problem making it to the top.
All three have proven in their time in the New Day that they can play a heel or a babyface, so any of the guys could pull any of them off, but Woods should stay babyface.
Woods showed on last Tuesday that he could get a good match out of Jinder Mahal. Something that not many other wrestlers on the SmackDown roster can say, in fact, AJ Styles is the only one that ever has. I’m not saying Woods is as good as Styles, but he has to be pretty close to be able to get a good match out of Mahal.
The biggest fear I have about Woods post New Day is WWE putting him into the Cruiserweight Division. Woods is one wrestler WWE should keep away from 205Live. It’s a death nail for almost anyone sent there, and Woods is too talented for the division.
Leaving Woods on SmackDown and letting him challenge for the United States Championship, or even better WWE Championship, is what WWE should do with him. He has the talent, both on the mic and in the ring, to be special in this company. If WWE will only give him a shot.