5 directions for Xavier Woods following WWE Crown Jewel

A buoyant Xavier Woods after being anointed King at Crown Jewel
A buoyant Xavier Woods after being anointed King at Crown Jewel

Xavier Woods' childhood dream finally came true when he defeated Finn Balor in the King of the Ring tournament final at Crown Jewel. The WWE Universe and Woods celebrated his victory post-match.

He gained momentum after almost defeating Balor dead with a superkick. As the latter set up for the Coup de Grace, Woods rolled out of harm's way to hit an Enzuigiri and a modified Gut-Buster. He climbed the ropes for another flying elbow to seal his victory.

After the match, Woods ascended the throne to be King. On the latest episode of SmackDown following Crown Jewel, Xavier had his coronation ceremony with his New Day partner Kofi Kingston.

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That said, with a new era beckoning for the King on the blue brand, here's a look at five directions for Xavier Woods following WWE Crown Jewel.

#5 Xavier Woods can promote the 'Battle for the Crown' open challenge on SmackDown

A true trait of being a fighting King is always to be ready for any adversity and conquer all the challenges that come his way.

Xavier Woods will aspire to be a true king. He can do so by promoting a 'Battle for the Crown' open challenge, much like John Cena did when he was United States Champion.

Competing against the best of SmackDown will certainly cement Woods' legacy as the true King of WWE.

#4 Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston can challenge The Usos for the SmackDown Tag Team Titles


Having become King, Xavier Woods would want to use this confidence to go for the SmackDown Tag Team Titles with New Day partner Kofi Kingston.

New Day and reigning Champions The Usos have had some epic bouts in the past for the titles. With Woods and Kingston now on Smackdown after the WWE Draft, a renewed rivalry with The Usos could undoubtedly be on the cards.

If New Day can dethrone the Usos, it would surely be rewarding for Woods to be King and have the SmackDown Tag Team Gold.

#3 Xavier Woods can claim the Intercontinental Championship


Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura is currently in a feud with Happy Corbin. The latter became the number one contender after beating Nakamura in the latest edition of SmackDown.

That said, King Woods could consider challenging the winner of the bout. WWE could also look to make the upcoming match a Triple Threat contest by adding Xavier Woods.

If King Woods successfully claims the IC title, it will be his first singles championship reign in WWE.

#2 A heel turn could be on the cards for Xavier Woods


WWE could consider turning Xavier Woods heel if he cannot win the SmackDown Tag Team Championship with partner Kofi Kingston.

A storyline could develop where Xavier blames Kofi for the loss by considering himself superior to his former friend and tag team partner.

A narcissistic Woods vs. a babyface Kingston would surely be an epic first for the WWE Universe.

#1 Xavier Woods could challenge the Universal Championship

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Several past King of the Ring winners used the crown as a pedestal to ascend to championship glory.

Woods will want to tread on a similar path to challenge Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship. Having said this, The Tribal Chief still hasn't seen the last of Brock Lesnar. The latter wreaked havoc on SmackDown after losing his title shot at Crown Jewel.

It remains to be seen how this situation develops, with WWE official Adam Pearce having indefinitely suspended the Beast Incarnate. If King Woods gets to challenge for the Universal title, it will be his first main event match for the gold.

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Edited by Angana Roy