New Day star Xavier Woods has revealed that he once staked his WWE career on the future of his stable.
The New Day has been a favorite among fans for quite some time now (although they still annoy a large section of the WWE Universe) but things weren't always as rosy for the fun-loving trio as they are now.
There was a time when fans did not look forward to seeing the band of eccentric brothers and "New Day sucks" chants were all they heard. The reaction from the fans prompted Woods to ask Vince McMahon to turn heel but the boss didn't think it would work, mainly because Kofi Kingston, a long-time baby face, was involved.
Woods recently featured on Corridor Cast and explained how huge a gamble he took on the SmackDown faction.
“When they let us make the group, we were good guys," he said. For the industry terms, we were babyfaces, and we thought we should be bad guys, heels, and after a while, some things happened and people were chanting, ‘New Day sucks,’ and it’s like, ‘Ok, yes, cool. They’ll let us turn a corner and we can be bad guys now,’ and they thought that since Kofi had been a babyface for so long that they wouldn’t boo him, and so, to me, I was like, ‘No, we’re in control of that. I guarantee you…
“I went to Vince McMahon and I was like, ‘If you give us - if you give me a microphone four weeks in a row, I guarantee you that they’ll boo Kofi Kingston, and he was like, ‘You really believe in this that much?’ I said, ‘Yes, I believe that I can do it’, and he goes, ‘Four weeks? And if you don’t do it in four weeks then what happens?’
“I said if I don’t do it in four weeks, you’ve got 60 dudes in developmental that deserve this spot more than I do. [Vince responded with], ‘I can send you home? Get ready,’ and I said, ‘You should if I can’t do it. If I can’t make good on this, then I don’t deserve to be here,’ and he’s like, ‘Alright.’”
Fortunately for Woods, things worked out pretty well and the New Day would see a successful heel turn that eventually helped them become one of the best babyface groups in the WWE.
What This Means
Things could have turned out very differently for Woods. Had his gamble gone wrong, Vince would have probably sent him packing.
Instead, his daring move blossomed into one of the most successful partnerships of the modern era which has since yielded five Tag Team Championships.