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WWE Hall of Famer Booker T gives his views on former Tag Team Champion Big E now having his singles run. Big E currently has to go the distance alone due to injuries to his New Day stablemates Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston.

Big E is known for multiple successes as a tag team wrestler. He is an eight-time tag team champion with The New Day.

However, the NXT faithful will remember the impact the big man had as a single star in the Black and Gold brand. He defeated a dominant Seth Rollins to capture the NXT Championship.

Unfortunately, Big E could not dominate the main roster like he did at NXT. He was cover for then-champion Dolph Ziggler and AJ Lee.

Later, he went on to have a strong 167 day run as the Intercontinental champion. However, WWE randomly took him off the singles card.

Big E was teamed up with Kofi Kingston and Xavier woods. This got the fans confused as WWE was teasing a stable even though Big E was doing good in the singles division.

Soon, the trio would be formed together as The New Day and the rest is history. The trio has been tag team champions a record 8 times. They are also the longest-reigning tag team champions at 483 days.

Now,  for the first time since the stable was formed, Big E has the chance to embark upon a solo run.

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Booker T feels Big E will have to leave some things behind to be the guy in the WWE

On the WWE Hall of Fame podcast, Booker T revealed that according to him, leaving the things he did with the New Day behind will be crucial for a Big E singles run.

The former world champion stresses how important it is to evolve in order to reach the top.

“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. Big E still trying to be the New Day is not going to 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 being the guy that the company has put in position to be the guy. You can’t rehash something that you’ve been doing for so long and think that’s what’s going to take you to the next level.”

Booker T remembers having a conversation with BIG E.  He motivated Big E and told him to keep faith in himself as his good times are yet to come.

“I talked to Big E maybe a year and a half ago and I could tell he wasn’t in the best place. I think it was right after Kofi won the title actually and I said ‘trust me, bro, your time is coming. Your run is going to actually happen.’ And he looked at me and I could see he was almost like ‘Nah, it ain’t going to happen.’ I said ‘trust me, it’s going to happen for you cause you’re talented, just keep doing what you’re doing.’”

The WWE universe last saw the KofiMania revolution. That revolution was so strong that Kofi went on to defeat Daniel Bryan at the show of shows and become WWE champion.

This could be Big E’s KofiMania moment in WWE. Big E could start his singles run with challenging AJ Styles for the Intercontinental Championship.

Source: The Hall of Fame Podcast

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USA :Djokovic breaks away from Nadal and will play the US Open

Unlike current champion Rafael Nadal, world number one Novak Djokovic decided to play the United States Open, the second Grand Slam of a tennis season completely altered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Through a statement published on his social networks Novak Djokovic confirmed his presence in New York as of Saturday: first for the Masters 1000 in Cincinnati, transferred to the city of the East coast of the United States (August 22-28), and later to the US Open (August 31-September 13).

An announcement that comes as a relief to the organizers of a tournament that will be deprived for the first time since 1999 of Roger Federer, injured and that ended his season, and Nadal.

Ten days later, the Serbian with 17 Grand Slam titles, three of them on the tracks of Flushing Meadows (2011, 2015, 2018), this Thursday distanced himself from his Spanish rival, who has 19 ‘greats’ in their showcases.

The Mallorcan resigned from the US Open due to the health situation and the “madness” of the calendar, which almost establishes a link between the US Open and Roland Garros, preceded by two Masters 1000 (Cincinnati and Rome), in just seven weeks.

And all this after four months without playing.

Although ‘Nole’ recognizes “obstacles” and “challenges” in the health situation linked to the pandemic, and although his decision was not easy, he claims to be “excited” at the prospect of returning to competition again.

“I trained hard with my team and I’m in good shape. So I’m ready to adapt to the new conditions,” Djokovic explained in a statement.

The US Open will be held behind closed doors, with a strict health protocol, which establishes a COVID-19 test for participants before traveling to New York, upon arrival and throughout their stay, at a rate of two a week.

The 33-year-old Serbian contracted COVID-19 at the end of June during the Adria Tour, a charity tournament in the Balkans that he himself organized, amid the controversy over the absence of protection measures; no masks, hugs, parties among tennis players, a full stadium …

Other participants also tested positive, such as the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, the Croatian Borna Coric and the Serbian Victor Troicki.

The US Open will begin on August 31. Reigning champion of the Australian Open and Wimbledon, Djokovic had initially expressed his doubts about the advisability of contesting the US stage on cement due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“I trained hard with my team and I am in shape. So I am ready to adapt to the new conditions,” explained Djokovic in an added statement on his social networks.

However, New York has managed to contain contagion levels and keep them below other regions of the country such as Florida or California.

The male and female cadres of the US Open have experienced a real hecatomb in recent days due to the health risk: in addition to Nadal, Stan Wawrinka, Nick Kyrgios, Ashleigh Barty, Elina Svitolina or Kiki Bertens resigned to participate.

This Thursday the resignations to be in the US Open of the Canadian Bianca Andreescu, champion of the tournament in 2019, and of the French Fiona Ferro, champion last Sunday in the Palermo tournament.

The last ATP tournaments played date back to February 29 in Dubai – won by Djokovic -, Acapulco – won by Nadal – and Santiago, in Chile.

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