WWE announcer Byron Saxton was on “The New Day: Feel The Power” podcast this week to talk about his in-ring career and transition to the broadcast table. He also talks about his days in FCW and NXT and it was revealed that there were plans at one point for Saxton to be in a faction alongside Xavier Woods and Big E. It was suggested that Saxton may actually be “The Godfather of The New Day.”
Big E said, “The plan was a faction of me, Bryan Saxton, and Woods when we were in FCW. We got to do it in promo practice. We were excited about it but it never saw the light of day on any shows. That was in 2014 which is what sparked the idea for The New Day. Honestly, if we had not done that when we were in FCW, who knows where my career would be or where Woods would be. Kofi would still be fine I’m sure.”
Saxton said, “This is one of the cases where we had several talented individuals like yourself who are in FCW and it’s like, hey, we are throwing stuff up against the wall. Let’s give it a shot and see what happens. We have very distinctive personalities and I thought it created a very good mesh.”
Woods said, “The plan was The People’s Liberation of American Nationalism. It was a situation where we all tried to stay in one lane. I was the smallest guy in the group so I was the extreme hothead because I would be the one yelling. E was the muscle. Saxton was the calm and collected one.
Saxton added, “There was one day we were supposed to do a promo and I couldn’t be there. I remember going to FedEx and I had a blowup photo made of myself. I still have it in my house.
Big E said, “That’s where the white and red suit that Woods wore and we all wore white and red during the promos came from. We did that for a month or so. We actually at one point thought that we were going to get called up with the gimmick. There was a similar faction I think with Camacho before he was Camacho, Primo and Epico. We were told we were too similar to them and they were like, shut this down.”