Xavier Woods explains why becoming King of the Ring would mean so much to him.
For years now, Xavier Woods has talked about wanting to become King of the Ring. To join the likes of Mabel, Bret Hart, Owen Hart, Steve Austin, and Triple H would be sweet, but for Austin Watson, the man who portrays the character of Xavier Woods, it is all about proving his own worth and the consistency he would have to put out in order to become King of the Ring.
Been screaming into the void about #KOTR for years so time to shoot my shot. This works for people with the rumble so I’ll try it...— Austin #Creed4KOTR - Future King of The Ring (@AustinCreedWins) June 17, 2021
IM ANNOUNCING MYSELF AS THE FIRST CONTESTANT IN THE HOPEFULLY EVENTUAL KING OF THE RING TOURNAMENT (let’s see if this sticks)
Speaking on the inaugural episode of the Into the Danger Zone podcast with Chris Denker, Xavier Woods explains how his affinity for becoming King of the Ring stretches well beyond just portraying a gimmick and his desire to prove that he can be at the top of the industry.
“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.
“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.”
Woods concluded, “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.”
Xavier Woods may get his chance later this year as it's been reported that a King of the Ring Tournament and a similar tournament for the women of WWE will be taking place later this year. Learn more here.
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