Xavier Woods reacts to recent name change
In his recent return to WWE programming, it appears Xavier Woods has dropped the “King” prefix from his ring name.
SmackDown’s March 25 broadcast saw New Day’s Kofi Kingston joined by Xavier Woods, who returned from injury while beating Ridge Holland in singles action. Coming back, however, it looks like the former multiple-time tag team champion dropped the “King” prefix from his name, returning to simply Xavier Woods.
Twitter user @enragemonkey2129 caught the name change on Twitter, leading Woods to comment on the matter:
Call me King Woods, call me Xavier Woods, call me Austin Creed. Might as well call me King Midas since everything I touch turns to gold 😉 and I look great in this photo, almost as beautiful as in real life https://t.co/QSMOkAXKLQ
— Austin Creed — King of the Ring (@AustinCreedWins) March 30, 2022
Xavier Woods previously adapted his name to King Woods on the October 22 episode of SmackDown, after defeating Finn Balor to win the 2021 King of the Ring tournament the previous day at the Crown Jewel pay-per-view in Saudi Arabia. This marked Woods’ first singles accolade since joining WWE in July 2010, although he also previously held the Raw and SmackDown Tag Team Championships four and seven times, respectively, alongside Kingston and Big. E.
Previous King of the Ring winners had undergone a similar change to their ring names while king, with Bad News Barrett becoming King Barrett, Edge becoming King Edge The Awesome, and Booker T becoming King Booker. Owen Hart also adopted the nickname “The King of Harts” after winning the 1994 tournament.
Xavier Woods will now team up with Kofi Kingston to fight Sheamus and Ridge Holland on the first night of WrestleMania 38, with the original plan supposedly seeing the two teams joined by Big E and Butch, respectively, before E suffered a broken bone. by the neck.