Tonight's episode of WWE SmackDown featured a thrilling match between The New Day's Big E and Kofi Kingston and Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura, and while the match didn't go the way Kingston and Big E hoped it would, the beginning of the match featured a moment that earned the love and respect of many who were watching, and it was a gesture that outweighs any loss or victory in the ring. Before the match started Big E and Kingston both kneeled in the center of the ring and put their fists in the air to show their support for Black Lives Matter, and fans took to social media to show their love and respect for the superstars' gesture.
Fans also noticed that Big E and Kingston paid tribute to Breonna Taylor, Tamla Horsford, and Shukri Abdi, as all three were represented on armbands they wore in the ring.
".@WWEBigE & @TrueKofi battle @ShinsukeN & @WWECesaro right now on #SmackDown."
Fans all over the world were impressed with both gestures, and while fans already loved The New Day, they love them even more now. You can watch the moment in the video above.
You can find the official description for tonight's SmackDown below.
"Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles meet in the Intercontinental Championship Tournament Finals, Jeff Hardy and Sheamus will sign their WWE Backlash match contract, and Heavy Machinery reunites alongside Braun Strowman against Dolp Ziggler, The Miz & John Morrison."
Here's the card for tonight's SmackDown.
Daniel Bryan vs AJ Styles
Jeff Hardy and Sheamus contract signing
Heavy Machinery and Braun Strowman vs Dolph Ziggler, The Miz, and John Morrison
Hit the next slide to see what fans are saying about the moment.
Fans couldn't be more proud of Big E and Kofi for taking a stand in the middle of the ring on national television.
No matter your race, you nationality, your creed, or your color... kneel with your brothers. Solidarity in the face of their fight.June 13, 2020
"No matter your race, you nationality, your creed, or your color... kneel with your brothers.
What Big E and Kofi did was brave, and truly admirable. The Universe with you, New Day.
Sometimes you just gotta show the love, and fans definitely love the New Day.
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Thank You My Brothers
Fans are loving what The New Day did, and they're making sure to send their thanks.
"The New Day representing #BlackLivesMattters is so amazing! Thank you my brothers! Smiling face with 3 hearts??Red heart"prevnext
Say Their Names
While The New Day kneeled before the match, that wasn't the only way they showed support. As one fan noted, Kofi had an armband for Breonna Taylor, while Big E had two armbands, one for Tamla Horsford and one for Shukri Abdi.
Kofi has an armband for Breonna Taylor. Big E has an armband on each side for Tamla Horsford and Shukri Abdi. Say their names. #SmackDown #JusticeForBreonnaTaylor #JusticeForShukriAbdi #JusticeForTamlaHorsford pic.twitter.com/fZV1xmm8JY— frank (@TheNextBlGThing) June 13, 2020
"Kofi has an armband for Breonna Taylor. Big E has an armband on each side for Tamla Horsford and Shukri Abdi. Say their names. #SmackDown #JusticeForBreonnaTaylor #JusticeForShukriAbdi #JusticeForTamlaHorsford"prevnext
Others noticed the armbands as well, and it was an incredibly emotional and genuine moment for many.
Seeing New Day taking a knee with their fists high in the air and wearing armbands with the names Shukri Abdi and Breonna Taylor has got me incredibly emotional not gonna lie. They are special and must be protected at all costs. #SmackDown #BlackLivesMatter— Abdullah ‘So Say It’ Moallim (@AbdullahMoallim) June 13, 2020
"Seeing New Day taking a knee with their fists high in the air and wearing armbands with the names Shukri Abdi and Breonna Taylor has got me incredibly emotional not gonna lie. They are special and must be protected at all costs. #SmackDown #BlackLivesMatter"prevnext
Even those who were already fans of the New Day found themselves loving them even more after their show of solidarity.
My heart grows a bit more every time I see New Day. 🖤 https://t.co/5etuqyoK1x— Meg James (@megedangerously) June 13, 2020
"My heart grows a bit more every time I see New Day. Black heart"prevnext
Tell My Kids
The New Day are beloved for many reasons, but they've just added yet one more reason to love and respect them to the list.
Tell my kids about the New Day pic.twitter.com/5zAl6x67sV— I’LL SLAP YO AZZ JUS CUZ OF SLAVERY (@WhattUpJT) June 13, 2020
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The New Day already had the respect of many for their in-ring skills, but this will only solidify their status as beloved superstars.
Respect to New Day for doing this https://t.co/KSGlKy3PJV— Zach (@ZachMartin619) June 13, 2020
"Respect to New Day for doing this"prev