With Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston sidelined, Big E has gotten to shine as a singles star on WWE SmackDown. With that extra shine has come advice from his peers, who believe he needs to "get more serious" or "drop New Day" if he wants to become WWE Champion.
Booker T and CM Punk have been two proponents of Big E splitting from New Day and becoming more serious, and while Xavier appreciates their advice, he doesn't quite understand it.
"We've explained many times that our friendship and bond is more important than anything else," Xavier said on the Battleground Podcast. "The interesting thing about people saying things like this about [Big E] is, 'oh, well you said the same things about Kofi.' That worked out okay, I think. I think this is the vocal minority, which is fine, everyone have your voice and use it the way you want, just don't be disrespectful to people. It's a situation where, to me, people want something different. We've seen people make it to the top of the mountain using one specific toolbox. Now, there are people who are attempting to use a different toolbox and people want them to go back to the old tools. You're preaching that you want something different by telling someone to be the same as everyone else."
Xavier went on to say that everyone is entitled to their opinion before closing with, "The way that we get there, we're going to do it our own way. We appreciate everybody's help and input, but we've always wanted to be different and we're going to continue to be different."
Big E has picked up a victory over The Miz since his singles push has started.
It is unknown when Xavier will return to television as he remains sidelined following an Achilles injury suffered in October 2019.
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