When New Day debuted in 2014 they were presented as preachers of the power of positivity. Fans didn't exactly accept the gimmick and over time Kofo Kingston, Big E, and Xavier Woods transformed into the fun-loving quick-witted trio that fans fell in love with.
The New Day theme has become instantly recognizable thanks in part to Big E's "AWWWWWWW" intro, which has sadly been dropped as the team split.
Appearing on the Hollywood Raw podcast, Big E took fans backstage and revealed how Vince McMahon initially reacted to the theme.
"They wanted to give us entrance music and they gave us this real dusty, old-timey church stuff that sounded like it was recorded in the 1920s. I said, 'We cannot come out to this.' We remember Kirk Franklin because it was energetic, so that was our example. We gave them the example and we went to Vince's office after a show to have him listen to the music. He had these big speakers and it was a bunch of writers and us. We're all in a circle and sitting there. They put the music on and we're all hoping he likes the music. He plays the music, it's way too loud, and we're all serious and trying to vibe along, but we're looking at him to see how he's responding. I remember him tapping his foot, like this grimace of pleasure in a cartoonish way. I thought it was a joke and he was being funny and we were laughing, but everyone was deadly serious. He's dancing and tapping his foot and I'm biting my lower lip because it's hilarious, but no one else is laughing and I can tell it's a serious moment. I'm almost bleeding, that's how hard I'm biting my lip. His love for southern gospel and black church isn't something you'd expect, but he really does. Seeing him going to town, tapping his foot and shrugging his shoulders while listening to our music," he said.
Big E said Vince then approved of the new music.
When asked about the upcoming Vince McMahon documentary that is slated to air at some point on Netflix, Big E said, "He's a very interesting man. Even just watching the XFL documentary was very cool and his relationship with Dick Ebersol. Just the mindset of Vince and billionaires is really interesting. This self-belief. He's as much of a character as people would imagine."
Finally, Big E was asked about Vince's workout habits, which have become stuff of legend in the wrestling world.
"He has a personal trainer and this poor guy. We have these long drives, pre-pandemic, and we'll get in around two or three in the morning and his personal trainer has been standing outside the whole time waiting for him because he'll come in and work out after shows and after long drives. This man is in his 70s and he's working out hard. He's a meathead in a way," Big E said about Vince.
No further details have been announced on the Vince McMahon docuseries. Bill Simmons will serve as the executive producer for the series while Chris Smith, the director behind Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, will be the director.
Big E is set to return to television this Friday, March 12 on WWE SmackDown.
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