The New Days’ Xavier Woods is pulling out all the stops in order to gain support ahead of his United States title tournament match against Jinder Mahal on this week’s episode of Smackdown Live.
On his Twitter page, Woods posted a video package of the former WWE Champion reminiscent in the style of a political advertisement. In the video Woods accuses Mahal of disrespecting the United States of America during his 185-day reign as WWE Champion. He also accused Mahal of supporting the “Cannibal Agenda,” – which cuts to the Modern Day Maharaja’s promo where he said he will make a meal of A.J. Styles.
— ?Austin Creed? (@XavierWoodsPhD) January 12, 2018
Woods also said Mahal wanted to destroy the Earth – which the video cut to a short clip of Mahal in his 3 Man Band Days with Heath Slater saying he wanted to “start an earthquake.”
All the while Woods, asks the viewers to not vote for a “power hungry, suit-wearing cannibal supervillain” Jinder Mahal. Instead, he asks fans “vote for righteousness, vote for hope and vote for the guy who does not want to eat A.J. Styles.”
— ?Austin Creed? (@XavierWoodsPhD) January 11, 2018
It was a clever, funny video package with some cheeky throwbacks, which is in the style of The New Day. It’s not the first time Woods has produced a video clip of Mahal leading up to their match. Aside from the promo packages, Woods posted a clip of their match on Superstars before he joined New day – where he pinned him.
Whether Woods produced this on his own or he worked with a production team, it was a fun way to hype up a match for Smackdown Live. It’s also the latest effort on Woods campaigning in this United States title tournament.
When it was announced he would be participating in the tournament, Woods started the campaign of #WoodsUSChamp and produced videos of him verbally attacking Aiden English, who he defeated in the first round of the bracket. His campaigning has sparked interest among fans and it makes the WWE Universe believe Woods could be the next U.S. Champion – or rather the New Day as the next United States champion, which opens several possibilities for the trio.
The New Day have held multiple tag team championships and broke the record for the longest tag team title reign in WWE history. Having The New Day hold the U.S. title would give a fresh take on the title scene and add another accolade to the group’s resume. Kofi Kingston has held the United States championship on three occasions while Woods and Big E have not won the title.
Rare footage that @JinderMahal and @SinghBrosWWE dont want you to see – Its from that time that me @truekofi & @WWEbige went to India to see @dalermehndi @wweindia #TunakChallenge pic.twitter.com/hD5b15qiyR
— ?Austin Creed? (@XavierWoodsPhD) January 4, 2018
The WWE is set on making the New Day its greatest tag team of all time, and having them hold a singles championship may not be the traditional path for a team to do on their road to being the greatest of all time, but that’s part of what makes the idea appealing.
If the New Day hold the United States championship, they could defend it between the three of them, similar to how they defended the tag team championships.
It’s not like holding the U.S. title would remove them from the tag team championship picture. They could still chase the Smackdown Tag Team championship while holding the U.S. title.
The winner of Woods vs. Mahal will face the victor of the semi-final match between Mojo Rawley and Bobby Roode at the Royal Rumble on Jan. 28.
Bobby Lashley Discusses Hurt Business Reunion
Bobby Lashley hopes that there will be a day that the popular Hurt Business faction will reunite, and reignited their dominant impact during WWE Monday Night RAW that was front and center during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lashley, MVP, Shelton Benjamin, and Cedric Alexander, all formed the faction, and at one point they held a lot of gold, when Lashley was WWE Champion and Alexander & Benjamin were Raw Tag Team Champions.
The faction has since split up, with Lashley and MVP branching off as a solo act, but MVP eventually split from Lashley and is now managing Omos.
Lashley is still holding out hope.
“You know what, I was thinking about what could happen to actually bring us together, and I thought about this the other day. I was like, if [MVP] made Omos too dangerous, where he couldn’t contain him anymore, and Omos turned on him, he would need somebody to help him. There’s only one person that can beat Omos. Then, I may need some help, and if I need some help, you have Cedric, you have Shelton, you have, we can take him down, and then we’re babyfaces again. They’ll love us. Anything can happen,” Bobby Lashley said, during an interview with Ryan Satin on the Out of Character Podcast (H/T to Fightful)
WWE Fires John Laurinaitis
WWE has quietly let go of former WWE head of talent relations John Laurinaitis in the aftermath of public accusations levied at Laurinaitis and former WWE Vince McMahon, according to PWInsider’s Mike Johnson.
“We are told that the termination happened within the last week or so and it was, for obvious reasons, being kept very quiet beyond a very small circle. We are working to confirm when the departure took place but every source, to a person, made it clear Laurinaitis was let go.”
Allegations came to light earlier this summer when the Wall Street Journal published an article alleging WWE board members are “investigating a secret $3 million settlement that longtime chief executive Vince McMahon agreed to pay to a departing employee with whom he allegedly had an affair, according to documents and people familiar with the board inquiry.”
It was alleged that McMahon “gave her like a toy” to Laurinaitis.
The WWE Board of Director’s investigation is ongoing.
Live Morgan Injury Update
SmackDown Women’s Champion Liv Morgan is set to defend her title at WWE Clash at the Castle that takes places in the United Kingdom during Labor Day Weekend, but could an injury limit her?
Morgan was wearing an arm brace on SmackDown leading fans to think she is legitimately hurt.
According to Fightful, Morgan is not hurt and the injury is a work to advance the storyline of Ronda Rousey “snapping” following the controversial ending to their SummerSlam championship match which saw Morgan clearly tapping out to Rousey prior to Rousey being counted down for the pinfall, giving Morgan the victory.
Morgan wining walking away still champion, given the circumstances, has irked fans.
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