On Friday Night SmackDown, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods returned to TV for the first time in several months, reuniting with Big E and defeating Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro to win the SmackDown Tag Team Championships.
However, the New Day reunion didn’t last too long at all, because immediately after the match, Stephanie McMahon announced that Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods had been drafted to Raw, leaving Big E behind on SmackDown.
Speaking on the latest Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer explained the real reason why WWE decided to keep Big E on SmackDown despite moving Woods and Kingston to Raw:
“Their mentality is that they want to give Big E a big singles push, and in their mind if he’s part of the New Day then people will want them together as a team. It doesn’t have to be that way. I don’t think breaking up the New Day was the right thing to do, but I’m sure if Big E becomes a big singles star at the end or if they go all the way with him they figure that everyone will be happy with that”.
While it’s great to see that WWE wants to push Big E as a top singles star, it’s certainly disappointing to hear that WWE thought it would have to come at the expense of New Day, especially considering the group stayed together on SmackDown while Kofi Kingston was WWE Champion last year.
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