In the beginning of 2014, both Kofi Kingston and Big E were midcard talent that were stable for the company, but did not have much momentum behind them. Big E experienced one of the biggest moments of his career by defeating Curtis Axel for the Intercontinental Championship in October of 2013, but his run became overshadowed by the popularity of Bad News Barrett. As a result, he lost his championship in May of 2014. For a number of months after that, he found himself wallowing in certain feuds that did not propel him as a character, coming on the short end of most of them.
Kofi Kingston also found himself in a position where his character was not being utilized to its fullest potential. Although he continued to win championships, his S.O.S. theme song and “Boom Boom” leg drop started to become stale, even to the point of garnering boos from the crowd. Many felt that a change of character would be a much-needed refreshment for Kingston.
Xavier Woods actually became known for his time in TNA. During his tenure, he would team up with both Ron “The Truth” Killings (R-Truth), naming themselves “Truth and Consequences.” While the team was short-lived, it allowed Woods (then known as Consequences Creed) to sign with TNA and be an integral part of the X Division. He would then form a team with Jay Lethal, known as “Lethal Consequences,” and capture the TNA World Tag Team Championships.
— Gabriel Benson (@gq007ia) August 16, 2016
Woods would then use this momentum to spend years in NXT before gaining a main roster spot in 2013, teaming once again with his former TNA partner R-Truth. This only lasted a few months before Woods then spent a number of weeks competing as a singles competitor before commencing his role as a recruiter who was trying to lure Big E and Kofi Kingston away from their fan favorite ways. This would eventually be a total overhaul and a transformation to the fun-loving, jovial bunch that fans see today.
During the two and a half years of the The New Day faction, they have been both fan favorites, as well as tricky villains. Initially, many fans did not buy into the colorful demeanor, which caused the trio to get booed. They would, however, ride that wave and win the WWE World Tag Team Championships at Extreme Rules in 2015. After losing the titles to the Prime Time Players, they would win them again during a Fatal Four-Way tag team match, also including Los Matadores and The Lucha Dragons, and become champions for the second time.
This is where their historic reign began.
Since then, The New Day have been able to succeed against the teams of Anderson & Gallows, Cesaro & Sheamus, the Dudley Boyz, the League of Nations, the Usos, the Vaudevillains, Enzo & Cass and Chris Jericho & AJ Styles to be at the precipice of becoming the longest reigning tag team champions in WWE history.
On Raw, the deck was stacked against them. Not only did they have to compete at the beginning of the show against Cesaro & Sheamus and Anderson & Gallows to retain the championship, but during the show, they were booked in another match to close the program, against Chris Jericho & Kevin Owens and Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins. Still, they managed to triumph past those teams and cement themselves as the longest reigning tag team champions in WWE history.
Each member of the New Day commented on this feat that may never be topped.
Perseverance is rewarded. I'm so proud feel so fortunate to be a part of something so special… #History
— Kofi Kingston (@TrueKofi) December 13, 2016
— Austin Creed (@XavierWoodsPhD) December 13, 2016
Big E also made sure to credit the tag team who they won their first championship from, Cesaro and Tyson Kidd, after Cesaro congratulated them for their achievement.
— ShinigamE (@WWEBigE) December 13, 2016
With the oftentimes-unsettled pro wrestling crowd, it certainly comes as a pleasant surprise that a team could break a record that lasted a quarter of a century in this era. Despite that, The New Day had what it took, both inside and outside the ring, to enshrine themselves as one of the best tag teams to ever step foot in a WWE ring.
The trio has certainly proved that New Day rocks.
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