The New Day was split as part of the 2020 WWE Draft since Big E was drafted to SmackDown while Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods were moved to Raw as Tag Team Champions.
The WWE Universe was shocked that this was the way the 6-year partnership came to an end and Big E himself recently appeared on After The Bell with Corey Graves to talk about it.
“I think for us, obviously we had our promo with the three of us saying our goodbyes. One of the things that was important for us was we always had our in-ring promos that were nonsense and shenanigans. But, we wanted this to feel real to let people know how we really felt. One of the things for me is not just the fact that I was together for 6 years with two guys who I call my friends and my brothers, but I think back to all the stuff we did outside of the ring as well.”
As part of the conversation, Big E also noted that two former WWE stars were once considered for a role in The New Day. These were stars who Big E himself revealed he wanted to recruit to the team.
“I’m so glad it worked out this way, but it’s interesting because thinking back to 2014, we always thought we would be a group that would always be trying to add more members. Looking back, I remember thinking Alicia Fox was someone we wanted to add because at the time she was doing the stuff with the tantrums. This was when we were more of the militant New Day. That idea was very quickly taken off TV. Get that off my TV screen while we cook up something more family-friendly. That was the idea.”
“We never talked to them about it either, but her and Sandow, we thought would be a great addition. The idea was we would be a group where we would recruit. I think that would have been a lot of fun. I wish we would have got that incarnation of The New Day. As grateful as I am that it went the way it did, I’m also kind of intrigued to see what it would have been like for us to go that militant route and what we could have done. We shot a lot of pretapes of all the ideas we put together.”