Big E is finally getting his long deserved singles push.
One of the biggest news items coming out of WWE SmackDown on Friday was the suggestion that Big E is set for a single’s push. The New Day have remained one of the consistently entertaining aspects of WWE content in recent years, but the muscle in the group has been exceptional during that time. Whether the camera is one Big E directly or focusing on something else around the ring, the Tampa, Florida native is always “working” as he puts it. This is the perfect time to give Big E some shine and contrary to many opinions, this does not need to result in a heel turn or split in the group.
Big E has all the makings of what the WWE tends to look for in a main event attraction. He has the size, promo abilities and skills to deliver entertaining matches. Since their start in 2014, the New Day has consistently evolved with the times to remain relevant. So much so, that the group has become one of the most successful stables in WWE history, including the longest running. Big E was a major part of not only that success, but the ground swell that led to KofiMania in 2019. Contrary to previous ideas, WWE Creative should not make the knee jerk decision that for Big E to further establish himself as a singles star, he will need to leave his brothers in arms.
First, the New Day have found a way to get over with WWE fans and remain over while being a babyface group. History shows that the WWE struggles with developing interesting faces that fans get behind. Bayley, Seth Rollins, Finn Balor, Ricochet, Humberto Carrillo are just a few failed experiments. The solution is always to turn said person heel which creates a dearth of viable faces for them to compete against.
Big E is not only an entertaining face, but he is a believable one as well. He is not the stereotypical smaller guy, fighting out from underneath. Instead, he is the powerhouse that heels should be concerned about battling. Turning him would be a lazy move that does not need to occur. Instead, allow the creativity that has allowed him to develop into this character these last six years to continue because it is worked through this point.
Then there is what to do with Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston. Both men are off television for an extended period, which gives room to Big E to grow. But their eventual returns should be major moments that augment his successful rise to the main event. This also gives Kingston and Woods the opportunity to take on challenges as singles wrestlers or remain in the tag team picture. The former is much more intriguing of the two because the New Day have been one of the only consistent aspects of the tag team picture for six years. It is time for WWE Creative to look for other teams in that space, rather than keep Woods and Kingston marred down in that space while Big E excels.
There was a time when the WWE tried to keep the Shield together but have them chasing their own individual goals. The outcome was rumored to be a WrestleMania main event worthy triple-threat match. Unfortunately, this was yet another failed idea in a long list of failed ideas by WWE. The New Day can achieve that goal and put on an equally major moment without turning them against each other. It starts with Big E getting a major push right now and should continue with this group doing exactly what they set out to do, raise the bar together.