Kofi Kingston was booked to wrestle a huge number one contender’s match for the Intercontinental Championship this week on WWE SmackDown, but suffered an injury days before the match-up. Now, WWE has finally announcement his replacement.

WWE announced on Thursday that Xavier Woods will be replacing Kofi Kingston in the fatal-five way match also involving Sheamus, Drew McIntyre, Karrion Kross, and LA Knight on the upcoming edition of the blue brand.

Get ready for the Fatal 5-Way Intercontinental Championship Qualifying Match tomorrow night on #SmackDown!

@AustinCreedWins is ready to fill in for New Day teammate @TrueKofi with huge opportunity! Will things be looking up up or down down for the 2021 #KingoftheRing winner?


Xavier Woods reacted to the news that he’d be filling in for his New Day partner. The former WWE SmackDown Tag Team Champion said he’ll do everything to earn a shot at GUNTHER’s Intercontinental Championship this Friday on WWE SmackDown.

In all my time on the main roster I have never once had a match where a singles title was on the line. Ive beaten men while they held World and Universal championships. I even won King of the Ring. Still no shot. Tomorrow I do everything I can to get one.

The March 10, 2023, episode of WWE SmackDown comes from the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. Check out the updated line-up for the show below:

  • Xavier Woods vs. LA Knight vs. Karrion Kross vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Sheamus – Fatal 5-Way to determine the no. 1 contender for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
  • Ricochet & Braun Strowman vs. The Viking Raiders (with Valhalla) – Tag Team Match

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Manik Aftab

Manik Aftab serves as a news writer at Ringside News. He has covered pro wrestling and sports entertainment for a variety of publications, including Sportskeeda Wrestling, The Sportster, and WrestleZone. Outside of his professional duties, Manik likes to indulge in fiction, thrillers, comics, manga, and anime.

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