As one-third of The New Day, Xavier Woods has loved an amazing run as a part of one of many biggest tag groups/trios/stables in WWE’s historical past. Whereas he’s a little bit simpler to neglect about relative to fellow faction mates Kofi Kingston (a former WWE Champion and a midcard staple earlier than becoming a member of the group) and Large E (considered by many as a future WWE Champion), Woods’ mixture of in-ring talent and charisma have made him a significant a part of New Day’s success.
An enormous online game fanatic, Woods has parlayed that success in wrestling into working the favored UpUpDownDown Youtube channel, the place he chats and performs video video games with a wide range of WWE wrestlers.
With the notoriety Woods has accrued exterior of wrestling, it’s attention-grabbing to surprise when the multiple-time tag crew champion will determine to name it a profession.
Xavier Woods on how lengthy he plans to proceed wrestling.
In an interview with Sportscasting’s Luke Norris, Woods stated this about how lengthy he deliberate to maintain wrestling (h/t to Fightful’s Jeremy Lambert for the transcription):
“Till I really feel like I can now not carry out at a degree that’s acceptable to the followers. So as soon as that occurs, then I’m executed. So I’ll in all probability bounce out proper earlier than that occurs so I don’t should by chance discover it. However at this level in my profession, I’m so targeted on ensuring that different individuals are taken care of and that different individuals are getting the prospect to shine, whether or not that’s within the ring or exterior of it,” Woods stated. “For me, I need to be sure that I’ve executed every little thing in my energy to get a few pages of the following chapter written earlier than I get there as a result of I don’t need to have to select up the pen and scramble to write down. I need to be sure that I’ve bought every little thing I can to be sure that my transition into post-wrestling life as clean as doable and that the transition into wrestling life for everyone in wrestling proper now could be as clean as doable. In order that’s actually the main target I’ve proper now. So after we discuss my profession, after I’m executed wrestling, it’s type of identical to when the work is finished, you realize, it’s by no means actually executed. So I assume after I’m snug sufficient passing the work on to another person. I’ll step away then.”
The 34-year-old Woods made his in-ring debut in 2005, first working for the Final Christian Wrestling promotion. Previous to becoming a member of WWE, he was greatest identified for his time in IMPACT Wrestling (then often known as Whole Nonstop Motion Wrestling) as “Penalties” Creed, a gimmick impressed by the Apollo Creed character from the Rocky film franchise.
When IMPACT launched him in 2010, he joined WWE and took on the Xavier Woods title, initially working a Nineties nostalgia gimmick earlier than forming The New Day with Large E and Kingston, a unit that has received 11 tag crew championships. Woods and Kingston had been champions as lately as WrestleMania 37, the place they misplaced the Uncooked Tag Crew Championships to A.J. Types and Omos.
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