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[Crown Jewel Spoilers] Finish to King of The Ring Finals - Finn Balor vs. Xavier Woods

[Crown Jewel Spoilers] Finish to King of The Ring Finals - Finn Balor vs. Xavier Woods

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Blueandigo

Xavier just cut a 90s promo. I ain't mad at it.


IvanPFreely

“This is for Breeze!”


Downbound92

Representing UpUpDownDown, The New Day, #DaParty Shoutout to Prince Pretty, shoutout to Chugs


thejaytheory

Chugs lives on in all of us


guylfe

Did he actually say that?


IvanPFreely

it’s what I heard, and I think the upvoters heard him too!


guylfe

When did he say it?


nochilinopity

He said it when he was on stage with the crown: https://youtu.be/XYP2SUi9Zx4?t=37


Independent_Tour_

No. He says: *this was my destiny, the crown belongs to me*


nochilinopity

He said it later once he got up to the stage with the crown and throne


Independent_Tour_

I love that, thanks for letting me know, I’m glad I was wrong!!


BirdiMania

#DaPartyForever Edit: So that’s how make bold text, huh neat.


thejaytheory

Lotta respect, a hell of a lotta respect


Hazelwood38

Da Kaaaaang is coming


TemurTron

Xavier’s celebration cutting away to a shot of Big E as WWE Champion is such a surreal and insanely satisfying moment.


SpeedZ6

Xavier: Do the right thing. WWE: Ok.


Cube_

WWE is good when they give the fans what they want.


QuestionMarkyMark

#GIVE ME WHAT I WANT!


Liverpool510

“People. Want. More. Charlotte. Flair!”


IndustrySea2728

Agree


Cube_

hopefully this is a sign they're gonna do more fan service like this. If this is a result of AEW existing then it is a good result.


82ndGameHead

Don't think for a second it isn't. Competition breeds Excellence.


XboxJon82

Xavier : let me win by the macho man flying elbow WWE : .......


Gameunderground

Lol the Limit Burst has been his finisher for a long time.


AStrangerWCandy

As I was watching this I realized I had no idea what Xavier's finisher was...


666tranquilo

WWE: Ok, fine. But we'll do it with Saudi blood money.


breakwater

Please don't cum on the crown.


AusPower85

Hey, a crown is for the head after all


XNightcrawlerBAMF

#MY MOTHERFUCKING KING He really did it. I think I might go cry a bit, out of sheer happiness


quechal

Long may he reign


Rushofthewildwind

He celebrated like he won the WWE Title. Honestly, Woods deserves this more than anyone else.


Khal-Stevo

It’s clear that nobody actually needed the king gimmick this year, so this was 100% the right call. Man has wanted this for years, he deserves it!!


jesus_christ_FENTON

The Demon King actually being KotR would have worked imo.


Cube_

which is why it was smart WWE booked this to be the finals because it adds to the mystery of "will they? won't they?"


Hiphoppington

Lol The Demon just wandering around with a plastic crown and a cheap cape? I dunno man.


HardcoreKaraoke

On The Masked Man Show they talked about the idea of WWE making a "Demon Crown" like the Fiend championship belt. Something really twisted and weird. It would sell like crazy, just like the belt did.


super1s

Exactly. I feel like they are in a position they could try pulling the trigger with Finn again but to do that they do not need this gimmick stuck to him. Xavier on the other hand can actually do something with this and turn it into his own momentum. Hell, slightly longer term they can turn this into a Finn and Big E match for the belt with something like the Demon coming after Xavier for beating him idk. This gives them tools to work with and options going forward as opposed to their usual booking where they back themselves into a corner.


jesus_christ_FENTON

Yeah that would ruin the look but imagine if he went full demonic regalia almost like Tommy Ends jackets


Ditto_the_Deceiver

That would only be the second most embarrassing thing they’ve made the Demon do recently.


[deleted]

Or the Prince finally becoming the King


spamgarlic

I always thought that would be a conflict of interest, while having having Demon King as KOTR.... we can't have The Demon show up every week right? Already ruined him by losing to the turnbuckle, no need to make him even less special.


TemurTron

I’m actually all for a heel turn and a Mad King gimmick for him though. There were some flashes of potential for that in the way he talked to the camera before and after the match. Plus imagine Xavier vs. Big E down the line…


Spork-in-Your-Rye

I thought of that for a split second when he was smiling at the camera. There’s potential for some heel shenanigans


mrwhalejr

Oh man, if his title of King means that he does camera directing more often - especially during his matches- I would LOVE that.


ZeroThreshold

I could see him being driven to madness a la the Macho King. For some reason, I get Savage vibes from Woods.


icepickjones

Fantasy booking, Woods would be an amazing power mad heel, no doubt. But I would love a Lion King reference and have Kofi yell "Long. Live. The. King" and throw him off the top rope in a match. Or maybe eliminate him from the royal rumble. Maybe they have a mini feud and Kofi has to do that shit to bring him back down to earth and it ends with them both being on the same page. A minie heel turn feud but it ends with them both face again. That would be a fun way to do it without your average "one person betrays the other" sort of thing. I don't need every tag team to end with one of them throwing the other through a window or beating someone with a chair.


melatoxic

Nobody ever needs the king gimmick, Booker did it great once and they keep beating that dead horse


Dtagger

GM King Regal was amazing tho


OU7C4ST

So was Wade Barrett. It certainly kept him relevant.


SpinChain

I think Xavier could do some magic with it. Its been his childhood dream forever so he’s probably got a lot of ideas in the bank about how to pull it off.


MarkMVP01

ALL HAIL DA KAAAANG


EZlikeSundae

A little disappointed it wasn't with the Big Package. But I'm here for THA KAAAANG.


adsadsadsadsads

That roll-up was the most I've bitten on a false finish for ages, I thought that fucker was really going to do it


abstractabs

If Da Kaaaang isn’t the actual gimmick from now on I’ll be very disappointed


ThreeEyedHoe

This is so awesome for Xavier, I just lowkey wish his boys had been there with him immediately. E must be so fkn hyped right now!


Hiphoppington

I got a feeling there's gonna be some backstage footage of them celebrating together at some point


jxshijudas

#DAAAAAA KAAAAANNGGGGG


Har_Mar

From uno king to wrestling king, so pleased for woods, this is the shit that makes wrestling fun


Crivshotgg

LETS FUCKING GOOO. LETS GO. FUCK YESSSSSSS. NEW DAY ARE THE UNDISPUTED GOATS.


Supersaiyansub

Couldn’t have gone to a greater guy


WetComb89

ALL HAIL! The new king of camera cuts.


WhoiusBarrel

The beaver man must now answer to **KING WOODS**


kevyn_gnartinez

As a big big Balor fan, just wanna say: that was fucking awesome, the right guy absolutely won.


CaptGDR

DA KAAAANGGG!!!! #DAPARTY!!!!


tyranic_nero

Lotta respect, Lotta respect for daa kaaaannnnggg


Crow013

So glad Byron has been on the call for all three of the New Day’s big moments


Singer211

I was not expecting that. Kudos. Couldn’t have gone to a greater guy.


Robopengy

Kang, not Kudos


Freon424

You take this upvote. Just take it.


droppedelbow

I had no interest in anything that happened in Saudi, for all of the obvious reasons. Except for this. And even this was something I thought the WWE would somehow fuck up. But no... they gave us something wholesome, something good and something we needed. A good man getting something he deserved. Even a shitastrophe like Crown Jewel can provide that special something that makes wrestling unique and awesome.


sofakingoo

The boyhood dream has come true! All HAIL KING WOODS! FIRST OF HIS NAME!


DecentTop1084

I was legit scared they weren’t gonna do it. Congrats to Woodsy


edtehgar

whaaaaaa


Iggenz

From Lord Xavier the Wise to King Xavier. Love to see it https://youtu.be/MVxmXvqSqhE


xGwiZ96x

Fun fact: Xavier Woods is the first babyface to win King of the Ring since Edge in 2001! The class of men Woods joins is honestly extraordinary. Even if some of the last few winners have fallen flat (Barrett primarily), he's in a league of his own. Congratulations to YA BOY! Can't wait to see where this heads! Nothing but creative things for sure from the man who has given us nonstop entertainment for years.


CrusaderNINE

I'm so legitimately happy for him.


EldenRingworm

This guy gets paid to play video games with his friends and achieves his childhood wrestling dream What a life New Day has


BlairHoyle

Aww, good for Woods, man. Hail to the KAAAAAANG!


AnadyranTontine

Absolutely cried my eyes out, I’m **so** proud. The New Day keeps their promises, we had KofiMania, Big Meat Champ and now arguably the hardest worker in the trio is the fucking KING. I still can’t believe it was all real, but that Power of Positivity got us all there, together. New Day fucking Rocks. ![gif](giphy|8m5dizh7ghyEPIWIx1|downsized)


Miklonario

*Everybody liked this*


lostcitysaint

I had to stop watching WWE a while ago because they weren’t doing things I wanted to see. Real happy that they did this. They didn’t muck up it. They didn’t get him to the finals just to lose. They made the right move for a talent who has busted his ass and a move that the fans are sure to support. Good job!


Mr-GameAndWrestling

He finally realized his lifelong dream. ALL HAIL KING WOODS! LET'S GO! Now he just needs to host a Nick Arcade-esque show.


ThirstyPotato

King Xavier is going to be one of the best things in wrestling for the next few months. I can't wait!


CesaroSalad

**King** *Woods* **WWE Champ** *Kingston* **WWE Champ** *Langston* **13 Time Tag Champs** *..... Nice.*


MustacheDiaries

WWE did the right thing here. I'm so happy for Xavier.


Spork-in-Your-Rye

Does winning KOTR give you a title shot?


ABPos_worksafe

Most of the time no. Winning KotR got Brock his first title match and title win, getting a shot was explicitly said to be up for grabs for the winner that year. Otherwise no it's just usually it's own thing and it's up to the performer to use it to elevate themself. If anyone can lean into the King gimmick though it's Woods. He might even beat my favorite King - ALL HAIL KING BOOKAH~! - by the time his reign is over.


thatwrestlingpage

KING WOODS!


AdamNRG

I'm so happy for Wood's. He's realised his dream, I just wish it wasn't in fucking Saudi Arabia.


Dtagger

TIL Woods finisher name. Now my head canon is Cole playing FFXIV saying that while going through Extreme Trials.


brisketfan

Fun match and the right outcome. All hail King Woods!


blacksoxing

You know what I like? People who know their ceiling. Xavier Woods will NEVER be World Champion on either brand or likely in any company. Xavier Woods though could though likely wrestle until he's forced to retire as he's such a great character and person. If being KOTR is what he wants then shit - crown his ass. Everyone doesn't have to be "the man" in life


KINGTHANOS8

His finish is an Elbow Drop? What happened to the Lost in the Woods? It's much more unique.


Gameunderground

Well he walks the ropes first and its the Limit Break like Final Fantasy.


KINGTHANOS8

I like FF, but it's 2021, an Elbow Drop as a finisher is super uncreative and lame. Not a fan to be completely honest.


Gameunderground

His whole deal is hes a video game guy. They cosplayed FF at Mania. Good stuff.


KINGTHANOS8

I've seen them cosplay as the Ginyu Squad from DBZ in the past which was awesome so hearing that is cool. My issue is more with the move itself, not the significance.


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heelishking

I mean after that horrible finish at Extreme Rules, giving no follow up and throwing him into a tournament just to lose is pretty shitty. Could’ve kept Finn out of this and out Cesaro in the finals instead.


Cool_Ranch_Baby

I was surprised they didn’t put Sami in cause he could’ve eaten a loss with no problem. But I bet they view the brand switch as a fresh start for Balor so he can afford the loss.


JordanRomansky

Sami doesn’t go to Saudi Arabia


Cool_Ranch_Baby

100% forgot about that.


NasoekOne

A Cesaro vs Woods doesn't give you the feeling that Woods is going to lose, this was the right decision. Balor is fine.


heelishking

So not letting Finn say a single word after the rope break, making him look like an idiot and throwing him into a tournament after all of that to lose is the right decision? This isn’t about Woods, you had plenty of people who could’ve been here


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SeaPriority

Not a strawman if I keep seeing it but I agree lets keep things positive. Ill delete the comment


82ndGameHead

This cements it. The New Day is the best faction in WWE history.


ABPos_worksafe

If we're talking legitimately just "WWF/E" and not the territories/companies they bought out? I'd agree with you. I mean, the 4 horsemen is another thing entirely but I see them as WCW, so they don't count.


82ndGameHead

I said WWE. Not any territories or old/current rival companies. They're the best in the WWE.


ABPos_worksafe

no I get you - I just sort of double-clarified because you know there will be *that* poster that goes the line of "WWE owns the rights to WCW/ECW/WCCW and therefore X is better than the New Day". I'm 100% with you - New Day as the GOAT faction in WWE history. Even over the Heenan Family.


CyborgHolliday

Balor in NXT: we eating good. Balor on Raw or Smackdown: fans suffering.


gregscotia_number1

Finn wins the Rumble


CyborgHolliday

He should


lmollpt

Ahahh lol. At the rate things are going for him, he'll probably get eliminated by a surprise entrant in under 10 minutes.


biblebeltbuddhist

Not taking anything away from Woods, but Balor JUST fought for the Universal Championship… then lost to someone who rarely wrestles in singles… I’m not hating on Woods, just ridiculous booking.


steverogersusa2021

You mean the guy who has some big single wins lately? I mean he beat the Lashley a few weeks back.


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dangerous_k

He beat Roman that one time to get into the match he won his one Universal title. But that was a long ass time ago.


MercuryInCanada

Ok I am happy Xavier won. Like congrats on achieving the thing he's wanted most But man how do they continuously fuck balor over. The prince was fantastic, then the bring him up, gets screwed by Cena, then they feed the demon to Roman and now he loses to Xavier


[deleted]

Just imagine, around a month ago everyone thought Demon Balor losing to Reigns was a burial. Can't wait to see the justification of this shit.


vsf118

Finn shouldn't have even been in the tournament at all. Look at the rest of the field. All the guys are below Finn when it comes to their places in the card. They could've put in another reliable midcarder to take Finn's spot while they build up Finn to be a main-eventer on Raw. I mean, I'm happy he put Woods over, and I also think Woods was the right guy to win it, but a despised heel like Jinder would've been a much better choice to be his finals opponent. It has just the right amount of "WWE are gonna make this guy win just to spite the fans" dread coming with it. This, along with his terrible draft position, and the lack of a heel turn afterward is all I need to know that Vince has absolutely no plans for him, the "report" that he'd take Drew's position as the top face on Raw was total bunk, and he might just be putting people over on his way out when his contract expires. And thank God for his contract expiring.


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![gif](giphy|5xtDarmwsuR9sDRObyU|downsized) This is EXACTLY my point. They have been fucking Finn to no end since he returned from NXT. Everyone knew that it would be Reigns/Cena at SummerSlam. But there was that glimmer of hope that we'd get Balor/Reigns instead. Speculation was that Balor was meant to be used in a big way and everyone thought "Main event on SummerSlam sounds like a damn good start." But no, they didn't even put him on the fucking card. But we still had plenty of room for Drew vs. Jinder. Fucking insane. Then they finally gave Finn his title shot. He lost a match against Roman and they teased the Demon at the end. Which I thought was dumb unless they were going to put the belt on him. Extreme Rules comes around, we get Demon Balor. Great! And the match ends with one of the dumbest finishes I've ever seen. It didn't "give him an out", it fucking made the Demon look like a fucking idiot. You mean he can take all that punishment, get resurrected by his theme music and a bit of floor humping, but he can't fall to the mat from the top rope without getting hurt? Even if it was meant to look like a "oh shit the ring broke" moment, it was telegraphed so fucking poorly. The thing was sagging lower and lower and lower while Finn stood on it until "oh no, it broke". It was absolute shit. Then nothing of real note since. No rematch, no nothing. Just kind of out there floating. Then we get King of The Ring. If it's not for a title shot, why have the tournament? To be able to call someone "King" instead of their normal ring name? That shit is stupid and meaningless. Plus, you don't even make it a big company wide tournament. Why not have NXT/NXT UK/RAW/SmackDown in one major bracket? Instead of just 9 matches over a few weeks, have it be a few months, build to a King of The Ring tournament where the winner receives a title shot of their choosing at Survivor Series? This could have been a great way to elevate someone, to give someone a big win and make it mean something. But the did a handful of matches with mostly lower tier guys. Don't get me wrong, great for Woods. But holy fuck was the whole thing pointless. Same with the Queen's Crown shit. Unless it was to reestablish Baszler as the dominant force in the division, why fucking bother? As you said, Finn never should have been in this unless it was to set up a number one contenders run. This shit basically writes itself, but instead WWE just does the bare minimum for a PPV that they treat like it's more important than WrestleMania. It's fucking insane.


gregscotia_number1

Ehh. It's a little too early to say. Finn hasn't moved to Raw yet. He may not lose enough match this year. But if he goes to Raw and starts jobbing to Kross and Keith Lee... Then he's on his way out


TheWorstNameEverSaid

Woods absolutely deserves this win. I’m ok with Balor losing if they are going to use it to tell a story. Maybe a curse?


bitch_im_a_lion

As much as I don't want to support the saudi shows, it's awesome to hear a WWE crowd that's genuinely so invested in the match.


Gameunderground

Ok WWE start the momentum like this. Now let Woods make your show must watch TV.


MenuTime5231

Xavier Woods talked so much about being King of The Ring it would've looked like a major dick move if they didn't give it to him. Its about time they gave him something of purpose here. Feel like he's always been treated as a third wheel next to big and kofis career


Shrekt115

HE DID IT


DenyTheScienceGuy

I really gotta give it to WWE here, they didn't have to do this, but it's cool that they did. I'm sure this means a ton to him


Zacginger

This genuinely shocks me. Good on WWE, good on Woods.


LukeVoight5021

Finn Balor deserves better


Flakbeard_down

He had a title match last ppv. He's fine. Woods needed this.


LukeVoight5021

He's not fine, Demon gimmick has been reduced to nothing and now this. What's the point to put Finn Balor again in the main roster? Of course Woods needed to won something on his own but Balor deserves much more.


CyborgHolliday

Balor shouldn’t have even been in this Midcard tournament lol


gregscotia_number1

His main roster return not looking so good right now. Overshadowed by Cena and Brock Demon loses Now he loses here.


CyborgHolliday

How many times in a three month span can we beg for him to leave wwe lmao


MrEatYoRamen

Both tournaments were such a waste of time, but we can't be mad at Xavier Woods finally being KOTR.


gregscotia_number1

Happy for Woods.


ButterscotchJust4

Lets goooooooooo


SunniDee2

YESSSSSS!!! I popped hard for this, congratulations!


TheNextBlGThing

The boyhood dream has come true


Wes-Man152

DA KAAAAAANG


rivalrobot

Fuck yes! So happy for the dude. He definitely earned it.


SakunaM

Couldn't be happier for this guy


Thegoldencod

HAIL KING WOODS!!!!!


wcurl8

Teared up a little. All hail King Woods!


KingOfElysium

holy shit woods actually won,that's awesome !


MovieFanZ5026

I think there should be more than just The attire. I think this should lead into a number one contender match for the shows top title so Xavier Woods gets the next shot at the Universal Title


Imdibr156

My King!! Congrats Woods!!


SuperkickFiesta

************DA KAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANGGGGGGGGG************


RelativeStranger

I wonder how much Big E giving up cameo without a complaint was the new day leveraging a title run for E and King of the ring for xavier. He deserves it


DrDevice81

Woods is one of the best people I've ever met and he's earned the fuck out of this. Beyond happy for him.


heat_fan_

He deserves him own moment like this


FlashZordon

THE KAAAAAAANG!


FisherPrice_Hair

Fuck yeah!


incredibleamadeuscho

All Hail King Woods!


Lazerspewpew

I'm so happy for Xavier Woods. He flippin deserves it.


rockmasterson

This was awesome. But the worst part is that I realized WWE could give us some stuff that we love and get into but they're actively choosing not to. They know what's exciting and what fans want to see. It doesn't have to be as complicated as they make it.


MasterMaTi

Fuck yes


vampirepussy

Xavier defeated a former wwe champion and universal champion on his way to becoming king of the ring. That needs to be mentioned on commentary for the rest of time.


makiodaflash

Be also beat bobby Lashley while he was wwe champion as well woods has had a hellva year


BirdiMania

ALL HAIL THE KAAAAAAANG!


UncreativeTeam

Ref was in such a bad position for that pin count.


TheChrisLambert

What was that first reversal lol


BloonH8TR

I was so scared they were gonna job Woods but I'm so happy he won the big one!


SillyBims

I really wish this was in front of a hot crowd in the states so Xavier could get the reaction he deserves.


Smarkysmarkwahlberg

Fuck it I’m gonna say it: Woods should be the one to dethrone Roman. Don’t @ me


4eye

grats to king x. he's been injured forever and he's finally off the trombone, but he's been a wwe ambassador forever in that time too, to video games. imo he needs a better finisher sequence tho, the elbow is good, but takes FOREVER. as far as balor, have him while he's losing, play the heartbeat and lights blink, and that's his second wind. make demon part of his whole gimmick. like naruto/gaara bijou. and not like a sensu bean powerup, just a 'im not done' second wind.


martyconfetti

DA KAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANG OF DA RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANG!!!!


2reeEyedG

Ya know it’s always questionable when they announce they’re going to do a show there but seeing how well ppl reacted to him winning is pretty cool and shots of that little girl they kept showing is pretty damn cool when you think about it. I don’t mind it when I see that bc that generation of kids is gonna take over someday and them being at events like this where they see women in the ring and ppl of color could help change that country


MartijnTP

Did the ref really just count a New Day Rocks chant? Love the win for XW!


yognautilus

This is cool but man it's so sad that such an awesome ending falls completely flat for me because I know it means jack shit and Xavier'll probably be going 50/50 with Baron Corbin come Wrestlemania.


KaleidoscopeNo7653

You could loop this in to a never ending sequence


RiC_David

I love when face wrestlers assume that subtle heel role "playing spoiler" against the babyface chasing their 'boyhood dream' moment.


NerdLawyer55

That mad lad


rikashiku

The crowd is pretty hot for this match. Right on.


ScootOverEspaRoba

I wonder if making him King Xavier that he'll go heel, consider himself King of the New Day which leads to a triple threat for a WWE Championship in Wrestlemania or something. I think it's time to 'break' them up for that match.


Jakefmerch

If WWE could give us these kind of results a little more consistently it would vastly improve my enjoyment of the company. I'm really happy for Woods!


bayleysgal1996

HE DID IT!!!


nmartin9703

Somebody Regal me why Woods does the one step on the rope and then does the elbow. How does that add impact? Seems like an unnecessary risk/time waster.


XiahouMao

It's his signature spin on the move to make his elbow drop stand out compared to others. As for an actual benefit, by moving out of the corner and onto the ropes, he gets more spring from the ropes than he would jumping from the corner with each foot on a different rope. This lets him cover more ground, and his elbow drop has greater range than most others as a result. He can clear 3/4s of the ring with it easily, something you don't see from other elbow drops.


RealSadLlama

WWE will do whatever it takes to the keep the new day happy, and they should


thejaytheory

All hail...DAAAAAAAA KAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!