Wrestling / The New Day

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Left to right: Xavier Woods, Big E, Kofi Kingston. Next to Xavier, Francesca, the trombone.

AWWWWWW TVTROPES WIKI....DON'T YOU DARE BE SOUR! CLAP FOR THE PAGE OF YOUR LONGEST REIGNING TAG-TEAM CHAMPIONS....AND FEEEEEEEEL....THE POOOOOWER!

IT'S A NEW DAY, YES IT IS!

The New Day is a WWE 3-man stable consisting of Big E Langston, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods. Debuting in November 2014, their gimmick is reminiscent of Southern Baptist preachers and the power of positivity, complete with a backup gospel choir and a lot of Clap Your Hands If You Believe. For the first few months they were not exactly well received with most finding the gimmick to be too corny, racist and not fitting in well with the general tone of WWE...

However, an extremely subtle Face–Heel Turn combined with a doubling down of their hamminess and a run at the tag-team titles made them one of the biggest hits in the company. By keeping up basically the same shtick but as villains, they immediately went from awkward and corny to absolutely glorious trolls who are masters of insulting everyone in the WWE Universe with smug smiles on their faces.

This made them so popular that the trio became the de facto Faces of the company's roster, completing another subtle turn simply by phasing out heel tactics in early 2016. They are two time, and longest-reigning... "W. W. E. World. Tag. Team. CHAMPIONS!"


"These tropes are BOOTY!":

  • Animal-Eared Headband: A variation with their unicorn horn headbands, which they usually wear during their promos, and inevitably get mocked at by some Face characters. (The Rock even referred to them as "Llama penises" when they interrupted one of his promos.)
  • Black and Nerdy: From Xavier Woods' playing the Final Fantasy victory theme on his trombone and making jokes about giving his teammates combat buffs with music to the team as a whole showing up to WrestleMania 32 wearing Saiyan armor, the evidence is all there.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: All three come in with an incredible amount of positive energy, and are basically all about kicking ass and having fun.
  • Bullying a Dragon: They gradually began doing this to Bray Wyatt and The Wyatt Family, of all people, clashing with them due to how each other's gimmicks run contrary to the other's (the New Day spreads positivity, the Wyatt Family spreads fear).
  • Call Back: During their "New Day-lorean" skit, Kofi temporarily reverts back to his Jamaican gimmick before being pulled back by Xavier.
  • Catch Phrase:
    • New [beat] Day Rocks! New [beat] Day Rocks!
    • (hashtag) Booty!
    • We are the... *gyrating their hips* W. W. E. World. Tag. Team. CHAMPIONS!
    • Shame!
    • Who?!
    • Booty-O's! They make sure you ain't booty!
    • Bay-bee! (usually said by Kofi)
    • Ayyy, we want some New Day!
    • Oh no!
  • Cheap Heat: Have this down to an art form, finding new and creative ways to insult the local sports team everywhere they go.
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: Originally, it was pretty much all they did. They still do it, however.
  • Curse Cut Short: On the November 23, 2015 episode of Raw during the "Country Music Jamboree" celebrating their one year anniversary, Big E said "YIPPIE KI YAY, MOTHER-".
  • Dance Party Ending: Almost every match the New Day wins ends with this. If they win a title it gets taken to the next level.
  • Distaff Counterpart:
    • If social media is any indication, Team B.A.D. (Sasha Banks, Naomi, and Tamina) are this in real life. This briefly crept into their storyline characterization before the 2015 Tables, Ladders & Chairs pay-per-view, before being quickly dropped. They do seem to retain a friendship behind the scenes, though.
    • In the summer of 2016, with Tamina injured, Naomi on SmackDown, and Sasha out for injury recovery and her honeymoon, the team found another female friend in the debuting Bayley, who had retained a similar gimmick of positivity for an even longer period of time.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Very much so in their case when heels. Of course, everything they do is hammy.
  • Foreshadowing: During the first interview with Renee Young that hinted that they were getting tired of the fans chanting "New... Day Sucks!" at them, Kofi said "we clap... or we snap." no one took them seriously at the time because of the gimmick. And then October 5, 2015 happened, when they gave a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to Dolph Ziggler, John Cena and The Dudley Boyz, with the show ending with the New Day standing tall over a huge fan favorite, the face of the company, and two legends, respectively.
  • Groin Attack: Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson once took Big E out of commission for several weeks by yanking him nads-first into a ring post. Resulting funny vignettes by Gallows and Anderson aside, it also had a strategic element, as it forced Kofi and Woods to defend the titles. The two don't wrestle together very often in title defenses (usually it's Big E and either Kofi or Woods... usually Kofi) and the team also loses their biggest, physically strongest member. Bad timing when you're being opposed by a 300-pound monster like Luke Gallows.
  • Hidden Depths: People will often forget that the wacky troll blowing his trombone (and his ability to actually play recognizable tunes on it is another example) has, somewhere during his lengthy wrestling career, also found the time to earn 2 bachelor's and one master's degree, and is not far away from a PhD in psychology. And he's not even 30 yet.
  • Incoming Ham: AWWWWWWWWW (NAME OF CITY)!!!!!!!
  • Joke Character: Seemed to start out as this as they weren't really taken seriously.
  • Keet: Xavier mostly fills this role but the entire team falls into this at some points.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: After Kingston and Woods got RKO'd by Randy Orton, who was blowing off steam after Seth Rollins banned his signature finisher at Rollins and Orton's 2015 Extreme Rules match, Big E (not at first) realized this trope at not wanting be a third victim, backing up toward backstage saying "I'm good, I'm good".
  • Large Ham: All three of them are ridiculously hammy.
  • Lethal Joke Character: Ever since turning heel they seem to have evolved into this. Best demonstrated at the end of the October 5, 2015 edition of Raw. In the course of about 15 minutes, they beat down Dolph Ziggler before he could answer John Cena's United States Championship Open Challenge. Proceeded to have Big E answer said challenge, then when E failed to win the title, proceeded to beat the hell out of Cena. When Ziggler came out to help, they beat him up too. Finally when The Dudley Boys came out to help, they proceeded to lay waste to all four of them. The show ended with the New Day standing tall over 2 legends, a huge fan favorite and the face of the company. All while the crowd, Cena's hometown mind you, chanted "New...Day Rocks!" Needless to say, don't think anyone thinks they're jokes anymore.
  • Mad Libs Catch Phrase: Any three syllable substitution for their original catch phrase (see Catch Phrase above), often targeted towards whoever they're setting up for a trolling or sucking up to, like Save [beat] The Tables!, Ste... [beat] pha-nie!, or Seth [beat] Rol-lins!
  • Motive Decay: At first, they were genuine babyfaces, focused on thinking positive and imploring their fans to do the same. Then, as the crowd turned on them, they went more and more cloudcuckoolander and eventually turned heel. By the end of 2015, they were three adults replacing random words with "booty," gyrating their hips, playing the trombone, and wearing plastic unicorn horns, all while giving the crowd a hard time. Best exemplified in their change of titantron which switched from their earlier gospel preacher gimmick to one filled with rainbows and unicorns. They still have the gospel choir theme, however.
  • Motor Mouth: Xavier Woods will not stop talking at ringside. You can hear him screaming for almost the entire time.
  • My Rule-Fu Is Stronger Than Yours: While the team must defend the Tag Team Championship every match under the "Freebird Rule", where any two members can put the title on the line, if it seems the match is lost, the third (generally Woods) can use the rules to their advantage: by getting the team disqualified in a losing effort, they forfeit the match, but retain the title.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Xavier seems to be the only one one not approaching the Wyatts with the New Day's usual brand of "positivity" and peppy humor, because he's smart enough to realize that the Wyatts aren't another team that simply wants to outdo New Day in the ring; they also want to break down the New Day spiritually and outright destroy them.
  • One of Us: Xavier Woods, good freaking grief where to start? Firstly, the dude is a MASSIVE gamer, having his own channel that has other wresters guest on and play games with him. He uses his trumpet ala a bard would from Dungeons and Dragons and his team have shown up in full Dragon Ball Z Saiyan Armour to fights/interviews.
  • Phrase Catcher: New [beat] Day Sucks! New [beat] Day Sucks!
  • Poke the Poodle: Big E was so offended that they didn't win the 2015 Slammy "Tag Team of the Year" award that he was ready to punish the fans by... spoiling a major plot development from The Force Awakens during a promo on Raw. The only thing that stopped him was finding out that Kofi hadn't seen it yet.

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