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Can New Day Mirror Shield Success?

Xavier Woods
It’s hard to deny the success The New Day have enjoyed this year. Initially when the trio emerged, especially as heels using “Freebird rules”, I expected them to be more like a comedic Demolition than anything. Several months later? I think I might be changing my tune.

I am beginning to wonder of Xavier Woods, Big E and Kofi Kingston can’t emulate another, more recent and very successful trio in WWE. The Shield.

And why not? The initial easy parallel is there-they hold the WWE Tag Team Championships. And recently, they’ve apparently begun to pursue John Cena’s United States Title. Should they claim that title as well, they would be, as a trio, as decorated as The Shield was in their heyday, as Rollins and Reigns held the tag straps and Dean Ambrose the US belt.

So does this trio stack up? Yes and no.

Why yes? Well, just the sheer numbers, for one-both are trios. That was easy. For another, each unit did a flip-flop of roles, though Shield started as heels and emerged as fan favorites. And then we get to the titles, which for now, is advantage Shield.

Why no? Shield was something new, something unprecedented. All three were new commodities, hot young talents inserted into a hot program. Kofi and Big E have been around WWE for a while, and Xavier Woods, while new-ish to WWE, is a veteran all the same. And for the most part, New Day is a group of comic heels. Shield never really played that routine.

Could New Day, given some more time, be as good as Shield? Maybe, but I doubt it. Kofi had his singles run and enjoyed his success. I don’t see him ever going off on his own and doing any better at this point. Big E? I thought he could have broken out after he ceased being Dolph’s bodyguard, but that flamed out. He’s certainly got the size, but he’s running the risk of forever being a mid-carder. Not that that wouldn’t make for a nice career, but I don’t see him becoming a breakout star the likes of any (or really, all) of The Shield.

So, no, I don’t really think New Day could measure up to Shield when it’s all said and done. But if they keep doing what they are doing, they will establish their own legacy within the WWE universe-and that’s perfectly fine too.

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  • Rogue13

    Unfortunately, I think The New Day is more a reincarnation
    of The Spirit Squad rather than Shield 2.0. I say unfortunately because I think very highly of two of the
    members. I’ve always been a big
    Kofi Kingston fan and although I cant stand the Xavier Woods character, I liked
    the guy back in TNA as Consequences Creed (at the very least get ride of the
    trombone). Big E, who I think is a
    good performer, just has a character I’m ambivalent towards. As much as I want to like them, I would
    not be surprised to see The New Day suddenly packed into a shipping box and
    disappear from TV.

  • Fat Owens Fat

    “can’t emulate another”…. “And why not?” You say they can’t and then you say why not? what is this?

  • Jakerams

    New Day is nice as they are. They don’t need to change anything except get more solid wins cleanly from time to time. Keep their comedy bits because it’s better than the majority of raw and smackdown anyways.

  • Buss da 6’1

    I think theyre gold i was hoping for NOD but i still enjoy what there doing creative didnt help the mad themselves thats why it feels organic

  • MEH

    They don’t need to be anyone else but themselves and that is what’s working! Once you decide to emulate someone else your already placing a ceiling on yourself. If the ceiling is placed you got a hard time breaking through that mf’er but break through it you must. So let the New Day be themselves and continue to entertain, continue to cheat to win, continue with that trombone to aggravate the crowd/opponent (personally I enjoy it!), continue with the added aggression from there sky’s the limit for this trio.

  • Michael King

    I’m ready to see how they gonna break up

  • Hawkins…livE fO ecaF weN ehT

    Just because they weren’t Indy darlings they are not considered on the shields level?

  • Orbit Storm

    Clap with me: “they.. are.. booty”.

    What is so spectacular about this group? Any time they get screen time, I roll my eyes and find something to distract myself with. Their matches aren’t much better either. To be fair, their tag-team work is alright but in singles competition… wow.

    With all due respect to John Cena, when John has to carry someone through a match, you know that someone is trash. That someone, was Xavier Woods. His character and his in-ring ability is absolutely dreadful. Cena had to sell his lame “moves” over and over to put Xavier over and for what? A political agenda for #BlackLivesMatter? Read between the lines with their gimmicks and skits.. it’s all racially charged and sickening.

    “Big E” is a “big flop”. All power, no finesse. Sure, some of what he does is impressive and I pity him for being stuck with the complacent Kofi Kingston and Xavier “I’m only here because I have a degree that’d allow me to sue for wrongful termination” Woods but he has really gone downhill in terms of ability.

    Like I said above, New Day isn’t all that bad in tag-team matches but their singles matches are enough to make me want to poke my eyes out with a spork. Comparing these morons to the Shield isn’t just an insult, it’s ignorance.

  • jcice13

    the answer is

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