With New Day partners Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston presently sidelined with injuries, Big E is embarking on his first true singles run in years.
Booker T spoke on his Hall of Fame podcast with Brad Gilmore about Big E's upcoming run, and what he feels the former IC and Tag Team champion needs to do to succeed. In Booker's mind, a slight change in presentation is needed.
"I think Big E is going to have to shed a few things in order for people to look at him like the World Champion," said Booker. "The gear, maybe — some forms of the gear. The colors. But then again people say, 'Oh, well, he shouldn't change anything.' I'm not gonna sit here and say what's what because I don't want the internet going off saying, 'Oh, Booker T saying he needs to do this!"
He added, "I still think Big E trying to be The New Day is not gonna work for him as far as him working at the top of the card. I'm talking about being the main attraction. I'm talking about the guy the company has put in position to be the guy! I don't think that's going to catapult him to that level as far as still trying to be The New Day.
"You can't try to rehash something that you've been doing for so long and think that's what is going to take you to the next level."
(Credit to Wrestling Inc for transcription)