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Kofi Kingston reveals what The New Day told Vince McMahon during his pitch for their original "Positivity Preaching Preachers" gimmick

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Kofi Kingston was the guest on this week's "Out of Character with Ryan Satin" where he talked about the differences between his on-screen personality and his real self, as well as the original idea for the New Day's characters.

Kofi Kingston comparing his on screen character to his real self:

"When I got to drop the accent, it was definitely a lot more me because now, to be able to have a conversation on television or in an interview was very liberating," he said.

"Me, E and Woods, all the fun you see us having is genuine. It's real. Like, we're out there literally just trying to pop ourselves and everyone just happens to be there watching and enjoying it. So yeah, we got a lot of free reign as the New Day as time went along and we got to make it our own. We got to really just do whatever we wanted. We had carte blanche, we could do whatever we wanted, and we could show our personalities."

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"So a lot of the things that we would say and do in the car rides, we just brought that into the ring and amplified it. So yeah, it was probably the best thing that has ever happened to me in my career as far as being able to show personality and have the fun that you're supposed to have in this business."

Kofi talking about the original idea for the New Day characters:

"When we were given the gimmick of positivity preaching preachers, I'll never forget it. We had been going back and forth with Vince about what we wanted to be. We wanted to be some guys who were not pleased with our positions in the company. He's like, 'Okay, well, how about you guys be preachers and you guys come out here and there's gospel music.' We're just sitting there and we (The New Day) know that the people are going to reject this idea because nobody comes to WWE to go to church. But this is what he wanted us to do."

"We told him, 'Whatever you give us, we'll make it succeed because of our chemistry. We believe in it.' He's like, 'Alright, I'm going to put that to the test. You guys are going be positivity preaching preachers. Go get it over.' We're just like, alright, this is our chance and we supported each other. There were a lot of people who took a big dump on our aspirations. You know, they didn't believe in us. They made fun of us when we were just trying to get over. But now you fast forward, and those same people have come back around, and they admitted that they were wrong."

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