On Tuesday, the WWE announced that The New Day will take on The Wyatt Family in a six-man tag match at WWE Battleground on July 24. The announcement comes as there seems to be some dissension in the ranks among the New Day, and it all centers around Xavier Woods and his fear of Bray Wyatt and the Wyatt Family.
— WWE (@WWE) July 12, 2016
On the July 4 episode of WWE Monday Night Raw, the Wyatt Family came up on the Jumbotron and issued an invitation to the New Day to come to their compound for a fight. While Big E and Kofi Kingston didn’t seem too threatened, Xavier Woods was visibly shaken, and he expressed his disappointment in the ignorance of his New Day teammates.
— WWE (@WWE) July 5, 2016
“If you don’t see the threats the Wyatts represent, I don’t know if the New Day will survive,” Woods said.
The segment indicated the first hint of problems inside the New Day. During their run, Woods, Big E, and Kofi have gone from heels to some of the biggest fan favorites on the entire WWE roster, but with the brand split coming on the July 19 debut of SmackDown Live, there’s been speculation that the New Day might split up, according to CageSide Seats.
WWE News: New Day Possibly Splitting Up Due To Backstage Concern Over Group Not Working As Well As Before https://t.co/xRe4JJMPgH
— Inquisitr Sports (@InquisitrSports) July 5, 2016
The saga continued on the July 11 edition of Monday Night Raw as the New Day traveled to the Wyatt Family compound where Bray Wyatt, Erick Rowan and Braun Strowman surrounded them with cars, chased them with weapons, and eventually beat them down. This scene might have signified the beginning of the end of the New Day as we know it, if you believe all of the rumors.
The scene at the Wyatt compound seemed a lot like TNA’s Final Deletion, a backyard match between Jeff and Matt Hardy. Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite as well-received due to the poor production. Final Deletion took fans through a story that featured Matt Hardy trying to destroy his brother and take over the entire Hardy brand.
WWE, on the other hand, started its backyard scene with New Day already at the Wyatt Family compound, never showing how they found it, and although it featured some decent action, neither team really won or lost. At the end of the scene, the New Day just up and left the compound. It seemed as if the WWE really missed an opportunity to make this segment successful.
With the six-man tag match at WWE Battleground, the tag team titles won’t be on the line so it ensures that the New Day will break the all-time record for the longest-tenured WWE tag team champions. As of this post, Kofi and Big E have held the titles for 324 days and 12 hours. The all-time record is currently held by Brian Kendrick and Paul London, who held the titles for 334 days, from May 21, 2006 to April 20, 2007, according to WWE.com.
It’ll be interesting to see how WWE runs with this feud following Battleground. Does it all come to an end with this six-man tag match? Do they drag it out until Summerslam in August and give the Wyatt Family a shot at the tag titles? Does the WWE follow through with splitting up the New Day as rumors are suggesting? The next six weeks or so will bring a lot of changes to the WWE, and those changes could include the end of the New Day.
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