If you heard the names Ettore Ewen, Kofi Nahaje Sarkodie-Mensah, and Austin Watson you wouldn't think much about them. But what if we said Ettore Ewen, Kofi Nahaje Sarkodie-Mensah, and Austin Watson were people who have spent the better part of the last decade, or longer, developing their craft inside and outside the ring? Many fans that follow the WWE may not know that Ettore Ewen, Kofi Nahaje Sarkodie-Mensah, and Austin Watson have gone by various aliases in the past.
During their time wrestling in independent promotions, Ewen, Sarkodie-Mensah and Watson were known for their various wrestling styles, and their ability to captivate an audience due to a diverse skill set and unrelenting attack. They were being noticed, and it was only a matter of time before they transitioned from the independents onto a much grander stage.
Much like anyone else's career that undergoes a change, Ewen, Sarkodie-Mensah and Watson's travels to different promotions throughout their careers have led them to go to a number of different of places. Whether it was competing in Japan or North America, Watson, Ewen and Sarkodie-Mensah really did everything they could to stand out while trying to evolve. Today, these wrestlers, who are as technically savvy as anyone in the ring, have gotten noticed because of their personality. They are among the most talked about WWE superstars today, and often many fans will chant that these guys rock. We give you 14 things the WWE wants you to forget about The New Day:
13 They were initially introduced as a faction managed by Xavier Woods
12 Their gimmick has been criticized for being racist
11 Their "unicorn" pony merchandise is tied to one of the members being a "Brony"
10 One member defeated a future WWE World Heavyweight Champion to capture the NXT Championship
9 One member is currently working towards a PhD
8 They were initially supposed to be a gospel-inspired group
7 They were guilty of merchandise infringement
6 They have been challenged by The Elite
5 Big E was initially introduced as Dolph Ziggler's muscle
4 One member once developed an Apollo Creed gimmick
3 One member teamed with R-Truth in a different promotion prior to teaming with him in the WWE
2 They have received praise from CM Punk
1 They have received criticism for the type of "heat" they receive
For all the success and interest in The New Day today, it took time for them to develop. The criticism is that they should have been trying to get heel heat, but often the comedic side of the group means they aren't commonly acting in an irritating way, but rather in an amusing way that has generated a great following. Many point out they should be met with boos rather than cheers. This often hurt the faces they would challenge, as it was the faces that should be garnering the adulation from the crowd.
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