Xavier Woods recently spoke with the folks from In The Danger Zone for an in-depth interview covering all things pro wrestling.
During the discussion, the WWE Superstar spoke about the medieval aspect of the King of the Ring (KOTR) tournament, how he wants to be tested in the tourney and why it means so much to him.
Featured below are some of the highlights from the interview.
On the medieval aspect of KOTR: "Seeing things dealing with the medieval times and the medieval era and anything that has those kinds of vibes, there’s usually a situation where the king is like, challenged to a fight or somebody wants to like challenge or authority, whatever. The king selects a champion to fight for him. That tells me champions don’t have kings. But kings have champions. Making kings have more power than the champion, a champion works for a king, a king works for no one. Think about the long, long, long, long lineage of people that have held the Heavyweight Championship that’s a lot. Even to this point, the Universal Championship. That’s a lot of people."
On how he wants to be tested with the KOTR tournament: "To me, the crown is a representation of passing the test. The Heavyweight Championship is a representation of climbing the mountain and beating the person on top, extremely important. As an academic. I want to be tested. I want my test, my Scantron, to do my essay. Let me present in front of the class, test me. Test me so I can know if I will pass or fail, so I know. I don’t necessarily think that I’ve earned anything because I have yet to be tested in the way that I feel a king would be tested."
On why it mean so much to him: "That’s why I want it so bad. Because, yeah, it’s cool to have the crown and do a gimmick and all this stuff with it. But on a deeper note as like a human as Austin Watson, I want that test so that I can know. So I’ve talked all this stuff about King of the Ring and all this stuff. But if I went out and just underperformed. Alright, cool. I know now and I’ll shut up. But like, you want a draw? That to me is it. Winning one match? Anybody can win one match on a given day, winning a full tournament on one night? That’s not something that happens at random to anyone."
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