Booker T provides the new King of the Ring with some kingly advice.
Xavier Woods reached the pinnacle of his career when he captured the King of the Ring crown in 2021. In the process, Xavier Woods became the first black King of the Ring since Booker T 15 years ago.
In a new interview with Bill Pritchard of WrestleZone, Booker T has provided new kingly advice for the heir to his throne. Mostly, Booker says now is the time for Woods to embellish and change up his character.
“Royal advice… [laughs] Oh man, strap in, be careful what you wish for. He’s definitely in a position now to where it’s sink or swim, and with that character, that role, you’ve got to be able to step outside of yourself and become something totally different. There again, it’s wrestling, it is to be embellished,” Booker pointed out, “but to make the fans buy-in, you have to drive a different way. You have to make sure you don’t step into those landmines that you think, ‘This is going to be great,’ and then all of the sudden, things turn the opposite way for you.
“But one thing I must say — Xavier Woods might be the perfect person for this role. Honestly, he might be the perfect person for this role because I go back to The New Day when they first started, and everybody hated them. Nobody got behind The New Day,” Booker said. “‘The New Day sucked,’ that’s the slogan around the arenas, and they said ‘We’re going to flip this, we’re going to make you love The New Day’ and they did that to the point that they are the most decorated tag team in WWE’s history. [They were] voted the greatest tag team in WWE’s history, so if there’s anyone that’s willing to take that role and make it their own, it’s Xavier Woods. Let’s see exactly what he does with it.”
Xavier Woods' crowning was a warm moment celebrated by the wrestling industry. See reactions here.