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One of our favorite things on WWE TV these days is The New Day, the trio comprised of Xavier Woods, Big E & Kofi Kingston. Big E was trapped in the usual WWE rut: a guy who has a ton of talent and is great on the microphone is left rudderless and without direction. He’s a physical specimen who was the second ever NXT Champion (“first black NXT champion!” (c. Xavier Woods) and easily is one of the strongest guys on the roster. But, when you’re left with nothing, you get unfairly labeled. Then next thing you know he, along with Kingston & Woods form The New Day and you’re left with a kazoo eating, gospel voice delivering, inspiring and free WWE characters on TV today.

In a recent sit down with Sports Illustrated, Big E discussed how he found his way in the WWE as well as who else he’d want in The New Day. Hint: it’s the best wrestler in the world and her name is Sasha F’n Banks.

On being lost in the shuffle:

“I was extremely discouraged. You get to the point where you’re off TV and you look at the landscape around you and you’re like ‘Woah there’s not a lot for me,’ and it doesn’t turn around for a lot of guys like it has for us. We spent a lot of time working on this, and I think some younger people don’t understand how much work we put in. There are plenty of instances of ‘Oh this thing is dead in the water,’ or ‘Oh this thing is never going to work,’ but we were fortunate enough to persevere and get it off the ground. That’s the key. Sink or swim, we believed so much in this idea.”

On other funny guys in the WWE:

“I might go with Jimmy Uso. R-Truth is also pretty funny. Heath Slater. Well, Heath Slater is unintentionally funny.”

On the stiffer workers in the WWE:

“Sheamus has a reputation for being a little stiff. I’d say Sheamus and Titus O’Neil. Titus O’Neil can mess you up! You gotta protect yourself with Titus!”

On the potential for a fourth member of The Nw Day:

“Sasha Banks, no question. She’s probably my favorite wrestler on the planet right now. The stuff she’s done with Bayley have been tremendous, both at Takeover: Brooklyn and the Iron Man Match. We’ve got a lot of respect for her, she’s on another level.”