On the July 24 edition of Friday Night SmackDown, Kofi Kingston explained he would be sidelined for the next six weeks and gave Big E his blessing to go on a singles run. The former Intercontinental Champion has enjoyed a successful stint without his tag team partners so far and has picked up victories over The Miz, John Morrison and Sheamus. September 4 has since come and gone without Kofi's return.
While the former WWE Champion will reunite with Big E at some point, WWE reportedly considered moving Kingston to Raw, according to WrestleVotes. The plan was to keep Big E on Friday nights and The New Day would have stayed together, just on different brands. Xavier Woods would have also returned to WWE TV as a manager for both men during their singles runs. WWE seemingly weren't big fans of the idea, though, as WrestleVotes noted it was rejected.
They tweeted: "Interesting idea that was discussed but turned down: Kofi Kingston would return to RAW, while Big E stays on SmackDown. Both remain part of New Day, including gear & music. Just on separate brands. Another twist: Xavier Woods would serve as a manager type appearing on both shows."