XAVIER WOODS

Austin Watson is a 36-year-old wrestler from Columbus, Georgia. Watson wrestles for WWE and performs on SmackDown under the ring name, Xavier Woods. He is also part of the tag team stable, The New Day, alongside Kofi Kingston and Big E.

Watson started his wrestling career in 2005 and wrestled mainly on the independent scene under the name, Austin Creed. Watson was best known for his time in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling where he won the TNA World Tag Team Championship twice. He also wrestled for other promotions such as New Japan Pro-Wrestling, Deep South Wrestling, and East Coast Wrestling Association.

Xavier Woods’ WWE Contract & Debut

In 2010, Watson signed with the WWE and went to their developmental territory, Florida Championship Wrestling. He was given the ring name, Xavier Woods. In Florida Championship Wrestling, Xavier Woods won the FCW Florida Tag Team Championship alongside Wes Brisco. They had to vacate their titles though after Brisco suffered an injury.

After FCW was rebranded as NXT, Watson made his debut on NXT as Xavier Woods. He only had a few matches while wrestling for NXT before WWE moved him up to the main roster.

In November 2013, Xavier Woods made his RAW debut and teamed with R-Truth. Together, Woods and R-Truth won the TNA World Tag Team Championships when they wrestled for that promotion. In their debut together, the duo faced Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal in a winning effort. The duo lasted as a tag team until 2014 but after a defeat in a 2-on-1 handicap match against Rusev, the team disbanded.

Xavier Woods & The New Day

In 2014, Xavier Woods, alongside Kofi Kingston and Big E, formed the stable, The New Day. The trio had their first match as a team in a winning effort against the team of Curtis Axel, Heath Slater, and Titus O’Neil. After their debut, the trio went on to win multiple matches and earn several title shots.

At Extreme Rules 2015, they finally won their first tag team titles when Big E and Kofi Kingston defeated Tyson Kidd and Cesaro. The New Day competed under the Freebird rule which means that all three members were considered the champions and all three could defend the titles. The New Day lost the tag team titles to The Prime Time Players at Money in the Bank 2015 but won them back at SummerSlam 2015. Woods, Kingston and Big E became the longest reigning tag team champions ever. The New Day defeated teams like The Usos, The Wyatt Family, The Lucha Dragons, The League of Nations, The Dudley Boyz, and The Bar. In December 2016, at Roadblock: End of the Line, their record setting reign ended at 483 days after losing to The Bar (Sheamus and Cesaro).

Xavier Woods & The New Day’s Championships

In 2019, Xavier Woods and Big E competed in and won a gauntlet match granting Kofi Kingston a title shot for the WWE Championship. Following WrestleMania 35, Xavier Woods and Big E later earned another SmackDown Tag Team Championship opportunity at Extreme Rules. At the event, Woods and Big E defeated Daniel Bryan and Rowan, and Heavy Machinery to win the titles. Xavier Woods and Big E lost the titles to The Revival at Clash of Champions in 2019.

In October, Woods suffered a legitimate Achilles injury. WWE reported that the injury would sideline him for six months to a year. Xavier Woods returned to WWE television on the October 9th episode of SmackDown. He teamed with Kofi Kingston in a winning effort against Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura. This marked their seventh SmackDown Tag Team Championship. Later that night, Woods and Kingston were drafted to Monday Night RAW.

The New Day on Monday Night RAW

On the October 12th episode of RAW, the New Day exchanged tag team titles with RAW Tag Team Championship holders The Street Profits, who were drafted to SmackDown. This marked Kingston and Woods’ third reign with the RAW titles as a team (fifth for Kingston individually), New Day’s 10th tag team championship reign in WWE as a team, and Woods’ 10th tag team championship reign individually.

At the Tables, Ladders & Chairs pay-per-view event in December 2020, Kingston and Woods lost the RAW Tag Team Championship to The Hurt Business. Woods and Kingston then won back the titles from Alexander and Benjamin on March 15, 2021, during the live broadcast of RAW. This marked Woods’ fourth reign with the RAW Tag Team titles, and overall 11th Tag Team Championship reign in WWE. The New Day held the championship titles until WrestleMania 37 but lost them to AJ Styles and Omos.

Xavier Woods & Kofi Kingston Drafted to SmackDown

On night one of the WWE Draft in October 2021, Kofi Kingston and tag team partner Xavier Woods were drafted to Friday Night SmackDown.

On October 21, 2021, Xavier Woods defeated Finn Bálor in the finals at the King of the Ring tournament. Representing RAW, he defeated Ricochet in the first round and Jinder Mahal in the semi-finals. At Crown Jewel on October 21, Woods defeated SmackDown’s Finn Bálor in the final to win the tournament and become “King of the Ring” – his first individual accolade in WWE. 

On the following episode of SmackDown, with the team now officially members of the SmackDown brand, The New Day had a coronation for Woods. Kingston introduced Woods and adorned him with a cape, crown, and scepter. Xavier Woods’ ring name was changed to King Woods.

On the January 14, 2022 edition of SmackDown, Woods was diagnosed with a torn plantaris, rendering him unable to compete for 4-6 weeks.

On the March 25, 2022 edition of SmackDown, Woods made his in-ring return and defeated Ridge Holland in a match. Kofi Kingston & Woods then challenged Sheamus & Ridge Holland to a match at WrestleMania, but lost.

Xavier Woods
Xavier Woods

STATS

Birth name: Austin Watson
Born: September 4, 1986, Columbus, Georgia, USA
Height: 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
Spouse: Jess Watson
Children: 2
Ring Name(s): Austin Creed, Austin Watson, Consequences Creed, Rasheed Lucius Creed, Xavier Woods
Current Roster: WWE SmackDown
Finishing Move(s): Midnight Hour

Xavier Woods Photos

Career Championships and Accomplishments

  • Deep South Wrestling
    • DSW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • East Coast Wrestling Association
    • ECWA Super 8 Tournament Champion (2010)
  • Florida Championship Wrestling
    • FCW Florida Tag Team Championship (1 time)
  • NWA Anarchy
    • NWA Anarchy Tag Team Championship (1 time)
    • Most Popular Wrestler (2006)
  • Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
    • TNA World Tag Team Championship (2 time)
  • World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
    • King of the Ring Tournament Winner (2021)
    • RAW Tag Team Championship (3 times)
    • WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship (7 times)
    • SmackDown Tag Team Championship Tournament (2018)
    • Year-End Award for Men’s Tag Team of the Year (2019)