5 Ups And Downs From Last Night's WWE Raw (Dec 15)
1. The New Day Is A Ploy, Right?
Weve now seen the trio New Day in action a few times, and it really is just Kofi Kingston, Big E and Xavier Woods in matching tights with a positivity-preaching gimmick. Maybe its just slow to catch on, but they just arent getting a good reaction from fans. Even when he was jobbing left and right, Kofi still got a good response from the crowd for his offense. That seems to have ebbed as part of this stable. Monday night, the crowd seemed more interested in chanting for CM Punk and even NXT than New Day. When Xavier Woods got the hot tag, the fans actually turned on him, booing his offense. The conspiracy theorist would suggest that the New Day is a ploy to get fans to turn against three longtime faces, leading them to turn their backs on the fans and thus let them re-launch themselves as a more serious, edgier group closer to what they originally seemed to be back in the summer. Think of shoving an overly happy and positive Rocky Maivia down the fans throats. New Days positivity, clapping and smiling is almost too saccharine to be genuine. Or maybe Vince McMahon really thinks this is how you push three young black wrestlers in 2014.
Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.