Craig Wilson, Jamie Lithgow, Brian Damage and Benjamin Trecroci
The WWE roster is filled with “superstars” at every level. There are the main roster guys who regularly appear on Raw and SmackDown, those who are used as glorified jobbers and those who are barely used at all. In this series of pieces, we will take an individual wrestler barely used and decide if they are worth keeping or should they be let go. Today we decide if we Book or Cook the New Day.
Craig: Bit of a different take this time. It’s not keep or get rid, instead, book is keeping New Day together while Cook is splitting them and letting them fly solo.
So, here we have it. The WWE’s longest ever tag team champions. An act that seemed odd to start with has become one of the most popular tag acts in my time watching wrestling.
Do we keep them together? Or does Big E, aged 31, Xavier Woods, aged 31 or Kofi Kingston, the old-timer at 36 go their own ways? Kofi has had solo success but we’ve yet to see the other two fly solo and try their singles thing.
Without further ado, book or cook?
Jamie: Technically this is a traditional Book or Cook. I think we can all agree that as individual performers Big E, Woods and Kofi should under no circumstances be ‘cooked’, but should the New Day stable get fried? Tough call. If this were the ‘Attitude Era’ it would be so easy for me to say book, but just let them do their own thing for a while. D-Generation X, specifically the New Age Outlaws, did this towards the end of 1998 and into 1999. However, back then there were numerous titles so each guy could go after one and not necessarily cross paths with his mate. X-Pac was always around the European Title scene while Billy and Road Dogg took alternate shots at the Hardcore and IC Titles. If New Day split, where would they go and what would they do? Is Woods going to go after Lesnar and the Universal Title? Realistically the IC Title is all that is in-play for them. I guess one member could get drafted to Smackdown, but realistically someone would need to turn heel. More often than not, the guy who turns heel tends to be the one that gets the push and that has to be Big E. I think he deserves a shot at singles, but not on Raw. Smackdown has fewer giants so he could stand out there. For that reason alone I’m saying ‘cook’. Let Big E turn on his friends while they are still popular enough for fans to hate him for ending New Day.
Brian: I think the New Day as a group are a gold mine. They seem to be able to market anything and have it sell. So in that respect, it is hard to break them up. That being said, they are four-time tag team champions and hold the record for longest reign with the tag titles. They already switched from Raw to Smackdown and while they are a fun team for many to watch week after week….there has to come a time when they eventually split.
All teams have basically done it through the years and I don’t think New Day should be any different. I disagree with Jamie that a heel turn would necessitate a break up of New Day. They could easily split up and still remain themselves. Big E has finally come into his own and is the most logical star to get a singles push. We mustn’t forget he did have a brief, yet unmemorable run with the Intercontinental title early in his career.That was of course before he displayed a real charismatic personality.
Benjamin: As much as I liked the New Day it’s probably time to break it up and let Big E do his thing.
They’ve been entertaining as hell and really liked their feud with The Usos which could continue with Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston. In a perfect world, Big E should be solo on Smackdown while the New Day go on Raw, but suppose they could stay all on the same show.
Agree with Brian that we don’t really need a heel turn, but maybe just a mutual breakup. Imagine a Big E vs. AJ Styles, Kevin Owens, etc?!? Maybe tone down the silliness with him but don’t completely bottle him up. Always thought he was a future star going to back to his run with AJ Lee and Ziggler.
Been seeing some talk about Kofi getting a run at the title which could be fun, but not sure if that’s going to happen anytime soon. Been a huge Kofi fan and would love to see him completely on his own.
So it’s a Cook but only about 275 degrees.
Craig: I think Brian raises a very valid point, the trio are an absolute cash cow for the WWE. As that remains the case, you’ve got to suspect that the company are unlikely to want to break them. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t see Big E fly solo a little bit more. Sort of like how the Shield did when Dean Ambrose was US Champion etc. Big E is definitely the one most likely to be on the receiving end of a singles push but I think there’s a little gas left in the New Day tank so it’s a book for me, leading to a cook (break-up) eventually.
Brian: The question really is: what does New Day got left in tag team competition? They are already four time tag team champions with the longest reign thrown in there. I say cook em and let all three go their separate ways for a while.
What do you think, readers? Leave your comments below on whether you would ‘book’ or Cook’ the New Day.
You can read all previous ‘Book or Cook?’ pieces here.