The New Day wants to continue rocking.
The trio of Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods have made for one of the more entertaining groups in the WWE. The former two-time SmackDown Live Tag Team Champions will be walking into the Mercedes-Benz Superdome with the mindset of grabbing another taste of the SmackDown Live Tag Team Titles. In their way of accomplishing that are the lurkers of the SmackDown Live tag division the Bludgeon Brothers, and their long time rivals who they have put on some classic matches with; the champions, The Usos. While being interviewed by the International Business Times, Big E shared his thoughts on how he and his New Day brethren have been able to put on these highly praised matches with Jimmy & Jey.
Big E: "I think it just stems from real life chemistry. I think those two guys, probably of the entire locker room, as far as guys that we’re close to, I’d put them at the very top. They’re two great human beings, but they also have such passion for this industry and for tag team wrestling. I feel like they approach our craft the same way that we do, and they know how to put together great matches. They know how to perform at the very peak and I just think having that commonality as far as how a great match should go and how it’s supposed to be structured, those guys really understand that. I think right now they have a very rightful claim as being the best tag team on earth, and we’re about to snatch those titles from them."
The New Day have been a focal point of WWE's tag team division for four years and the trio always tries to keep their gimmick fresh. Xavier Woods chimed in on what makes the group flow and how they are able to prevent themselves from becoming a novelty act of sorts.
Woods: "I think it’s based on our friendship. We’re not portraying characters, we’re just going out and being friends and having a good time and that’s the infectious part of the power of positivity. You see people having a good time out in public somewhere, it puts a smile on your face. You feel a little bit better about the world. The fact that we are the part of the show that’s always trying to bring the good out of people and trying to bring the fun out of people—I don’t think people get tired of having fun, that’s really what we’re here to do is to have a good time with each other and push that energy through the camera into your home, so I don’t think that’s something that gets stale. And to the breakup stuff: we have zero desire to ever (break up) because we’ve talked about this many times. This is the most fun any of us have had in our careers. There’s stuff that we thought was fun, and then we started doing this and we’re like, 'Oh, that compared to this was boring.' I don’t want to do anything else besides be part of New Day for the rest of my career. When New Day’s done, I’m done."
One of the many characteristics of The New Day that helps them stand out is their vocabulary on WWE TV. The trio has a unique way of addressing situations and they spoke on the creative freedom that they have in the company.
Big E: "That is not from the mind of Vince McMahon. A lot of things; the trombone and booty came from SummerSlam. So we were in New York, and we did a song parody. That was the first time we had the trombone, and I think we needed a lyric to describe. I said something like, 'All these other tag teams are booty', because I always thought describing things as booty was funny, and it was something I did when I was younger, and I wanted to bring it back. I think a lot of people think that we’re handed things and Vince says, 'Say this,' but no, a lot of these things are organic. They come from conversations we have in the car or things that we see on Twitter that make us laugh and we have been fortunate enough to get this long leash. We have a lot of creative control. There aren’t many things that we’ve gotten over that didn’t come from our brains."
Kingston: "Even the “Who!” chant, I think we started randomly doing that. We were in the back thinking about what we were gonna say and we just kind of started doing it sporadically and then we go out there and we started doing it. Now you fast forward two years down the road and everybody at WrestleMania is chanting “Who!” at the highest pitch. These are like hundreds of thousands of people, you know what I mean? It’s crazy."
Woods: "It all comes from things that are amusing to us. When we do something, if we’re not rapping when we’re saying or talking about it, we’re not gonna go out and do it. As long as it’s funny to us, that’s the stamp of approval. Did it make us laugh when we said it? Ok, cool."
Kofi Kingston also touched on the possibly having another singles run, and Xavier Woods discussed being back in in-ring action for this year's WrestleMania after being the hosts of last year's event. Click here for the full interview.