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.
NXT’s Adam Cole Discusses Creative Freedom
NXT Champion Adam Cole is at the height of his success with the promotion, recently defeating Johnny Gargano in another instant classic to capture his first NXT Championship, and he is talking about how things go down in NXT.
Unlike much of the main roster, where promos are often scripted and comedy-acts are more common, Cole says that superstars in NXT get a bit more creative freedom, as he had with Gargano for their match.
“One of the coolest things about NXT is we have a ton of creative liberties to come up with the story and the vision we have for the match” Cole said, during an interview with TalkSport. “Of course, there’s input and advice given and there’s suggestions or, you know ‘we need something this way’ (but) we do have a lot of freedom, which is great.”
Cole added that he and Gargano came up with the format for their two out of three falls classic at NXT Takeover: New York.
Rey Mysterio Praises Andrade
WWE superstar Rey Mysterio believes that the company has a big star on their hands in Andrade .
“This kid is awesome” Mysterio said, during an appearance on the WINCLY podcast. “I mentioned it before, in previous interviews, but, every time I’m in the ring with him, there’s an affiliation to how I would move with Eddie [Guerrero],” Mysterio said.
“This is how good he is! He’s thinking a step ahead before you even move. He already knows the positioning, and knows exactly what to do and how to do it. My hat goes off to Andrade, as he’s definitely the future of WWE.”
Mysterio sees all the tools necessary to succeed in WWE.
“Just like anybody else, once you can dominate the mic skills and English, then he is bound to become a star,” Mysterio continued. “I’ve seen him work on his English, and it’s a slow process, but he’s moving forward. Once he dominates his English language, he’s on his way to stardom.”
Fandango, Apollo Crews, Killain Dain Make Returns to NXT
WWE is starting to allow superstars on their main rosters to transition back to NXT, much like they did with Tyler Breeze, who recently returned to NXT, where he had his most success, following around 2 years of meandering on the main roster following his callup.
Fandango, Apollo Crews, and Killian Dain made their returns to NXT tv at Winter Park, FL at Full Sail University for Thursday’s NXT TV tapings.
Fandango, also making his return from injury, made the save for his Breezango partner, Tyler Breeze, who was on the receiving end of an attack at the hands of the Forgotten Sons. Crews made his return to take on Kushida in singles competition, and Dain made a brutal attack on Matt Riddle following Riddle’s win over Arture Rass.
Fandango had been out of action after suffering a shoulder injury back in July 2018.
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