WWE announces a big change in the Fatal 5-Way Intercontinental Championship Qualifying Match tomorrow night on SmackDown.
Last week on WWE Friday Night SmackDown Drew McIntyre, Sheamus, LA Knight, Karrion Kross, and Kofi Kingston were in contention for a title opportunity at WrestleMania 39. After a scuffle in the ring, it was announced that they would face each other in a fatal five-way match.
Unfortunately, Kofi Kingston suffered an injury to his foot, and Xavier Woods was announced as his replacement for the upcoming match.
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 a huge opportunity! Will things be looking up up or down down for the 2021 #KingoftheRing winner? pic.twitter.com/BhLqWmxZ6S
— WWE (@WWE) March 9, 2023
In the match, Xavier Woods will face off against the other four competitors for a chance to win the Intercontinental Championship title shot at WrestleMania. Woods is excited about the opportunity and is determined to win his first singles title in WWE.
Xavier Woods shared his excitement about the upcoming match on social media, saying that he has never had a singles title match in his time on the main roster. He’s beaten champions before but has never had a shot himself. Tomorrow, he’ll do everything in his power to secure a title shot.
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. https://t.co/sbT1Qgw4Gi
— Austin Creed (@AustinCreedWins) March 9, 2023
The reason for Kofi Kingston’s absence and his injury status is yet to be explained by WWE, but fans can expect more information from the commentators during the show.