Xavier Woods Pitched ‘The Nation’ WWE Reboot

It looks like not all bad ideas come from WWE writers. Sometimes, they come from the wrestlers themselves. Big E has recently revealed to the world that WWE’s writers laughed when Xavier Woods wanted The New Day to debut as a modern-day Nation of Domination. Vince McMahon continues to bury talent.



The Nation of Domination is considered to be one of the most influential factions in WWE history for a step forward in WWE programming. Nation was represented by a total of 12 Superstars between 1996 and 1998, mostly consisting of African-American Superstars. Farooq, D’Lo Brown, The Godfather, Mark Henry, The Rock, and Owen Hart were among the faction’s most successful members. Owen, of course, being deemed as ‘The Black Hart’ Owen Hart.

Big E recently spoke with WhatCulture’s Adam Wilbourn, and Big E discussed the first time that The New Day (himself, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods) joined together to create magic. Big E also spoke about how WWE’s creative team reacted when Woods said he wanted the three men to form a revamped version of The Nation of Domination. Big E may lose his title.

Big E said Vince McMahon and creative turned it down: “So I would say The Nation of Domination [if Big E had to join another faction], which is kinda what we wanted to be initially. That’s essentially what The New Day was. “That was Woods’ first pitch was doing essentially a Nation of Domination 2.0 and the writers just all kind of laughed at him. So when we came out, the very first time you see us in Miami in 2014 that summer, and he [Xavier Woods] is wearing that white and red suit, that’s what we wanted the faction to be.”

WWE did in-fact plan to revive The Nation of Domination in 2020, with Ron Simmons (aka Farooq, the group’s original leader) set to be involved. According to the Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer, Farooq was supposed to initiate the re-establishment of The Nation during an episode of RAW on July 20, 2020.

Dustin Schumacher
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