Xavier Woods: I'm Glad To Show The World I Was Pulling My Weight In The New Day
Woods defeated Finn Balor to win the crown
Xavier Wood believes winning the King Of The Ring crown shut down his haters and proved that he was also pulling his weight in the New Day.
Woods defeated Finn Balor to become King Of The Ring at Crown Jewel, adding a major individual accomplishment to his already incredible career in WWE.
With Kofi Kingston and Big E enjoy WWE Championship runs, Woods is delighted that he could also prove his individual standing with such a victory.
Speaking to the New York Post, Woods said: "On a real note, this is what I cared about in wrestling. This is the first thing that I ever wanted, this is the only thing I ever wanted. So obviously we’re going to use this king situation to take over WWE and gain as much control as humanly possible, which will be total control because the SmackDown kingdom belongs to me now.
"But as a kid, this is what I was obsessed with. It’s so cool to be part of a tournament because every match matters, every match means something. The fact that I even made it to the finals, it means so much in itself. But then to win and be crowned king, something I always dreamed of, and it’s just surreal that it just happened.
"The five-year-old in me came out putting this robe on and grabbing the scepter, grabbing this crown. That’s why it meant so much to me, because this wasn’t something that just came about in high school. But this is something that in elementary school when they ask, ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’ and I say ‘I want to be a pro wrestler’, this is what I was thinking about. I wasn’t thinking about anything but the crown.
"And then later on in life, I understood the concept of friendship that became such a big part of my life. That’s when I gravitated toward tag team wrestling, but I still always that idea of becoming king. And having the crown as the main goal in the back of my mind, that itch that I had to get scratched, the thing that would make me stay awake at night.
"Seeing Kofi become heavyweight champion, seeing E become heavyweight champion, I’m so happy for my friends and their success. And it’s just real love when you’re honestly happy for somebody to do something. I’m just glad that I was able to show the world that I’m pulling my weight in this group, too. We all have accolades that we can talk about. We are all success in our own right. It feels good to shut the haters down."