Xavier Woods suffered an Achilles injury in October 2019, and he was out for a full year. His return was a happy time for the New Day, but it did not take place in front of a live crowd. The ThunderDome was a nice alternative, but it lacked that organic reaction from fans to give Superstars that extra boost of adrenaline.

While speaking to Rasslin’ with Brandon F. Walker podcast. Woods admitted that he babied his injury at first. He was a bit worried about getting injured once again, because that extra adrenaline wasn’t around from the live WWE Universe.

Definitely a big fear and not having — so I came back during ThunderDome stuff so I didn’t have the actual fan adrenaline there to kind of cover. So it was weird for like the first month maybe, just trying to get around my mental state of babying it or anything like that but it’s been luckily good since then. It’s been alright, but yeah, like again, the fans being back definitely erase all of that.

Woods is back and having a great time on the road in front of the WWE Universe. He missed those empty Performance Center episodes of RAW and SmackDown, but he was able to make his return in October 2020, just in time to experience the ThunderDome. It took some adjustment time for Woods, but this entire pandemic has been full of making things work despite the awful situation all around.

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