Xavier Woods (aka ya boy Austin Creed) took some time out from his side hustle as a gaming personality and entrepreneur at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco to address Vince McMahon’s latest screwjob - the one that cost his boy Kofi Kingston a WrestleMania shot at Daniel Bryan’s WWE title.
In it, he reinforces what Big E said in a similar video earlier and what they both said in the post-SmackDown segment from last night, that Vince’s actions make it clear it might be time for The New Day to explore other options. Woods/Creed even thanks McMahon for reminding him he could make his side hustle his full-time gig:
We have kept other skills on deck for a reason.... pic.twitter.com/3B2IrqKqrE— ✈️ GDC Wed/Thurs✈️ (@XavierWoodsPhD) March 20, 2019
“I’m sure you guys saw what happened this past Tuesday to Kofi, you guys probably watched the video that E did, and he kind of said it best, so just kinda each those sentiments. We have other things that we enjoy doing, we have other skills. Me? I love video games, I’m a part of this community and I love this community, with all of my heart. And this community loves me back. That’s a relationship that I’m willing to be in. And considering the fact that I am attempting to create a small video game studio, that is another skill that I have, that is another way to feed myself and my family that I have. So you fully understand that constantly being treated in the way that we, New Day, has been treated - and mostly likely be treated from here on out...
I just want to say that I appreciate what you did Vince, thank you very much. Because it’s definitely shown me which direction I need to go in to take care of myself, and take care of my family.”
X stops short of the “people like us” argument which has made E’s promo such a lightning rod today, instead specifying The New Day when discussing who’s affected by Vince’s limits and roadblocks. It doesn’t mean the race angle won’t become part of the on-screen story, but similar to Kingston saying “someone like me” on a recent episode of SmackDown, Woods’ rhetoric is a little more open to interpretation than his teammate more-or-less invoking the company’s entire history with minority performers.
The big takeaway is that Xavier, a font of positive thinking and the leader of years long movement to make Kofi WWE champ, is giving up:
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What you see here is a physical manifestation of what we mean when we say "power of positivity". It's an emotion that you can feel, see, even touch. When you experience it coursing through your entire body there isn't anything that you can do but smile. This moment, captured in this picture, embodies this emotion and we have shared it with all of you since we came together as The New Day.... But it seems as if Vince doesn't appreciate the gravity of his actions. Ripping away @thetruekofi opportunity like that shows that he refuses to give loyalty to you when it's given to him in abundance so I think it may be time that we find our way to someplace where we can rely on that extremely simple concept.
Will this lead to a walkout, or will New Day snap? Is Kofi on the same page with his brothers? Is it next Tuesday yet?