King Woods details the injury he’s dealing with.
New Day’s King (Xavier) Woods was last in action on the January 7th SmackDown where he and Kofi Kingston took on The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso) in a Street Fight for the SmackDown Tag Team Titles. Woods took to ‘Attack of the Show’ on G4tv to share that he’s currently out of action with an injury.
Woods said that he tore his plantaris which is a small muscle in the back of the leg. It is in a similar location as the calf muscles and Achilles tendon.
So I tore my plantaris I think it’s — it’s the muscle underneath your calf which back in the day, I know we talked about this for a second; when I was little, there was this thing that, ‘Oh, Black people can run really fast because we have an extra muscle in our leg.’ I was like, ‘What? I feel like that’s not real science at all.’ But like, people would say this random, dumb, child playground thing and then so when the doc told me, ‘Oh, this is what happened,’ I said, ‘Wait, is that the muscle?’ He goes, ‘Yes, but most people have it so it’s not what you’re thinking.’ I said, ‘Okay, cool.’ [Woods laughed]
The injury occurred while Woods was jumping into the ring to execute a DDT. As he became aware that something was off, he thought about if he was okay to continue the match. He stated that he knew he could still add to the match and in four-to-six weeks, he should be good to go.
So I was jumping in the ring to do a DDT, I spring off the bottom rope and then grab the guy and then run his head into the ground, hopefully shattering all the bones in his body so I can pin him! And win the match and make more money. So I did that part still, but in the process… just jumping off the ropes so nothing like — not a shark attack, not a steel chair hit, not a machine gun, not a machete, I just jumped.
It was — I still had some stuff to do [in the match when the injury happened] but in those situations, you gotta figure out like, ‘Am I hurt to the point where I can no longer go forward? Am I hurt to the point I could mess up and possibly negatively affect someone else’s health?’ You know, you gotta keep everybody safe in there and I was, ‘Okay, this sucks. I can’t do this or that but hmm, I can do this and this’ and we finished everything and it’s all cool so like four-to-six weeks and I’ll be good.
Woods and Kingston have lost two consecutive SmackDown Tag Title matches to The Usos. Their fellow New Day member Big E lost the WWE Championship in a Fatal 5-Way at the Day 1 event.
If the quotes in this article are used, please credit G4tv’s Attack of the Show with an H/T to POST Wrestling for the transcriptions.