Xavier Woods

Xavier Woods Looks At New Day’s Success, Talks WWE 2K22, G4 Job, SmackDown Run & More

“King” Xavier Woods recently spoke with Bleacher Report for an in-depth interview covering all things pro wrestling and WWE.

During the discussion with the popular digital sports outlet, the 2021 WWE King of the Ring tournament winner spoke about balancing his time between WWE and his job with G4, the success of The New Day seven years after the formation of the group, the WWE 2K22 video game, his current run on the Friday Night SmackDown brand and more.

Featured below are some of the highlights from the interview where he touches on these topics with his thoughts.

On balancing time between WWE and G4: “It’s definitely some of the most fun I’ve ever had, just getting to be in a new space that’s different from the wrestling space as far as an actual job goes. I’ve been dabbling in the space doing appearances here and doing gigs there, but with G4, it’s my job and that definitely feels different as opposed to what I was doing in the gaming space before, but I freaking love it. It’s a lot and stressful, especially trying to balance between doing interviews and time at home and time with wrestling and then time with the gaming stuff. It’s definitely a lot, but I feel if you want something, you’re going to carve out time to make it work, and this is very much what I’m trying to do right now.”

On the success of the New Day seven years later: “It is [crazy], especially to look back now at where I was mentally at that time to where I am now. Just a completely different person. A lot of people say, ‘What will your life look like in five years? What about in 10 years? Do you think you’ll be a different person? Will your worries or needs or whatever change?’ When I was younger, I was thinking, ‘I’ll be the exact same person in 10 years as I am now. Yeah, I might be more mature, but the things that I want out of life are going to be the exact same.’ It’s like, no, man, I feel like you change every three or four years, honestly. Not that I’m a completely different person at this point in life, but I’m definitely more confident in my career and what I think I can do and bring to the table, which I think is a natural progression for not just wrestlers but for anyone in any career.”

On WWE 2K22: “I hope that everything runs smooth and that it’s good. My thing is, I obviously have no part in making the game, I’m on the wrestling side of things. But I definitely have a stake in it because I am in it and it’s a wrestling game for the company that I am an independent contractor for. I’m pumped because everyone on the 2K team seems very excited about things and things seem promising. I can only keep my fingers crossed and hope for the best when it finally releases. I’m hoping this game brings back that equity with the gamer fans because I know it was hard to play some of them, to be honest,” Woods said. “They all have their good things and their great aspects, but as far as a fun video game is concerned, sometimes I’m just looking for that and I feel like the learning curve got a little intense. On this one, they said there’s remastered controls and all that stuff and I feel good about it. So, like I said, fingers crossed.”

On his current run on the Friday Night SmackDown brand: “It’s been really cool, obviously because I haven’t had the chance to have a singles run in the company yet and the focus has always been on tag team wrestling. Even when I was a kid, I was just obsessed with it. Billy and Chuck was my favorite tag team. I freaking loved them. People always laugh when I say that, but when you go back and think about it, that was a situation where we had a team that hit the scene and it wasn’t necessarily, ‘Oh, these guys are world-beaters and they’re going to be champions.’ They evolved into one of the most entertaining teams we could see and they had a full main event segment with them getting married as partners with a reveal and Eric Bischoff…It’s hard for tag teams to get that position where they not only get to have cool matches but where they get to be in the middle of the most important stuff on the show.”

Check out the complete interview at BleacherReport.com.


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