WWE doesn’t break out the King of the Ring every year, making it actually a big deal when the company does put the classic event into effect. And in 2021, the big winner was Xavier Woods who fulfilled a life-long dream.
Like many WWE superstars before him, Woods is now in a superb position to elevate his career to new heights. Out of anyone in the WWE right now, he was the best choice to wear the crown and to make use of the push that will come with it.
The history of King of the Ring
As a tournament, King of the Ring dates back to 1985 when Don Muraco defeated The Iron Shiek to become the first winner. While there were other tournaments in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the gimmick was made famous by the legendary Harley Race after winning the 1986 tournament. He made it a sought-after honor.
In 1993, WWF took things to the next level by turning the King of the Ring into its own pay-per-view event. Bret “The Hitman” Hart won the tournament that year for the second time, making him the only two-time winner in the history of the event.
Other winners have included Owen Hart, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Triple H, Kurt Angle, Edge, and Brock Lesnar. It was the launching pad for several iconic careers, particularly Austin who delivered his infamous Austin 3:16 promo from the throne in 1996.
The New Day makes their mark
Woods has been in the business since 2005, joining WWE’s development territory in 2010. Nothing clicked for Xavier until he formed The New Day alongside Kofi Kingston and Big E in 2014. They went on to become possibly the most successful and popular faction of all time.
As a group, they are 11-time tag team champions between Raw and SmackDown. But Kofi Kingston and Big E have even more success as singles competitors. Kingston has been the Intercontinental Champion, the United States Champion, and the WWE Champion. Big E has been the Intercontinental Champion, the NXT Champion, and is the current WWE Champion.
In 11 years with the WWE, Xavier Woods has yet to win any singles gold, only tag team championships. Given how talented he is both in the ring and on the mic as well as being popular with fans, that seems odd. But it’s also par for the course with WWE.
Xavier Woods becomes King Woods
In October 2021, Xavier Woods defeated Finn Bálor to become the new King of the Ring. This reputedly has been a key goal for him in WWE as well as a childhood dream. As such, seeing him achieve it has been outstanding for fans.
Woods is the right guy to be King of the Ring. It’s the best singles gimmick he’s had in WWE to date. And it’s already heading in the right direction as King Woods has knighted Sir Kofi Kingston. This will hopefully raise Xavier’s profile enough that he finally gets his hands on some singles gold, like the Intercontinental or United States championships.
Regardless of the specifics, this is the exact boost Xavier Woods has worked for and earned. As part of The New Day, he built a solid reputation and devoted fan base. Adding his name to an exclusive list like King of the King winners is the next step in a Hall of Fame career.