The New Day (professional wrestling)
The New Day is a professional wrestling tag team consisting of Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods. The stable was formed on the July 21, 2014 episode of Raw. The team is currently performing in WWE on the Raw brand. The New Day holds several records, including for longest tag team championship reign in WWE history at 483 days. They are overall 10-time tag team champions in the company.
About The New Day (professional wrestling) in brief
The New Day is a professional wrestling tag team consisting of Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods. The team is currently performing in WWE on the Raw brand. The New Day holds several records, including for longest tag team championship reign in WWE history at 483 days, and the most reigns as SmackDown Tag Team Champions at seven. They are overall 10-time tag team champions in the company. The stable was formed on the July 21, 2014 episode of Raw. The trio had their final match together as a team on the October 16, 2018 episode of Smack down. In October 2020, Kingston and Woods were drafted to the Rawbrand as The New day, while Big E was independently drafted to remain on the Smackdown brand, thus splitting Big E from the New Day. The three, who are close friends in real life, also appeared or worked together outside of wrestling, notably writing the 2016 book The Book of Booty: Shake It. Love It. Never Be It, and running their weekly podcast Feel the Power since 2019. They also appeared together in the video game Gears 5. They have also appeared in several other WWE-related films and TV shows, such as WWE 2K18 and WWE 3K18. They won the WWE Tag Team Championship at Extreme Rules in April 2015. They lost the championship to The Prime Time Players the following month at Money in the Bank, but won it back in August at SummerSlam; their second reign became the longest in the title’s history, the first to last more than a year. In April 2015, the trio were collectively named \”WWE Wrestler of the Year\” by Rolling Stone, while also being recognized as the \”Best Gimmick\” of the year by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
The early months of the stable as stereotypical black gospel babyface characters were marked by largely negative reactions from fans and critics alike, but after transitioning their characters into heels fanatically obsessed with the “power of positivity” in April2015, they began to receive acclaim for their entertainment value, as well as for their in-ring performances. Their new-found popularity resulted in the trio reverting to babyfaces in early 2016, which they have remained since. On December 14, 2016, they become the longest reigning champions for any WWE championship over the last two decades; they lost the title four days later to Cesaro and Sheamus. While part of the brand, Kingston also won the WWE Championship in 2019. He subsequently came to have an extensive singles career, becoming a four-time Intercontinental Champion and a three-time United States Champion; he had also been part of several tag teams, including with CM Punk, Evan Bourne and R-Truth, all of whom he won tag team championships with. Kingston signed to WWE in 2010 and worked in FCW and NXT until the November 18, 2013 episode ofRaw. Woods, in college, had first met Kingston in 2006 when he entered the DSW building to apply for a wrestling job and was working in the ring at the same moment.