Big E Says New Day Got A 'Heads Up' They Would Be Split In 2021 WWE Draft

For two straight drafts, New Day have been put on separate brands.

The first time came in 2020 draft, which caught the members of New Day by surprise as Big E was drafted to WWE SmackDown while Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods headed to WWE Raw.

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In 2021, Big E was drafted to WWE Raw as the WWE Champion while Woods & Kingston went to SmackDown.

In 2021, New Day got more of a heads up with the plans.

“We got some heads up so we knew it was coming, and I wasn’t shocked. I was hoping, though, that we’d be on the same brand and they could have done their own thing and I could have done mine. It’s always disappointing. I will say, I think the last year of being on SmackDown while they were on RAW did help me grow as a wrestler and a performer. There are some benefits, but really I’m just trying to find the silver lining of it all – it still sucks. But at the same time, I want to make sure I’m not standing in the way of those guys growing or putting us in a situation where they’re just running out there for my matches and being my cheerleaders, I don’t think that would be best for them. So we’re all trying to make the best of it," Big E told Alex McCarthy of TalkSPORT.

Though they aren't on television together, New Day remains linked on TV through their feud with Roman Reigns.

Reigns is set to face Woods on Friday's SmackDown before he battles Big E at WWE Survivor Series.

Fightful will have live coverage of WWE SmackDown beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Friday.

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