It was a big day for WWE superstar Xavier Woods yesterday. The current WWE Raw Tag Team Champion (along with Kofi Kingston) campaigned for a spot as a host on the G4 TV channel that focuses on gaming. Last night, G4 announced that Woods got the job. If you follow Woods on social media at all, you know he’s a big gamer using his real name Austin Creed and his Youtube channel UpUpDownDown (that WWE supports) has over 2 million subscribers, which shows he is very successful at gaming just like he is at being a pro wrestler.
Here’s the really creative announcement.
CAMPAIGN COMPLETE! #CREED4G4
— G4TV (@G4TV) November 25, 2020
Congrats to Woods. I know this meant a lot to him and I’m glad it’s official now.
Here’s the press release covering Xavier/Austin joining G4 and some other news too.
LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Tonight’s “A Very Special G4 Holiday Reunion Special,” broadcast on YouTube Live delivered big laughs, brought viewers back through many of the network’s most memorable moments, and introduced G4’s very first on-air talent announcement of WWE Superstar Xavier Woods. The special also kicked off Gravython, G4’s multiday charity drive, raising funds for a variety of community partners.
G4, the famed gaming network, previously lived on cable television from 2002-2014 and is poised to return in 2021 on multiple digital and linear platforms. Notable firsts featured within tonight’s G4 Reunion special include:
- It was the first time in a decade that former cast members Olivia Munn, Kevin Pereira, Adam Sessler, Morgan Webb, Kristin Adams, Blair Herter and more collaborated together.
- It was the first show produced by G4’s newly assembled content team – a blend of new creators and showrunners behind original G4 hits like Attack of the Show and X-Play.
- It was the first G4 charity partnership with S-tier gaming entertainers including DrLupo, Chica and Mari Takahashi.
Just one example of G4’s community-driven approach is the appointment of Xavier Woods, also known as Austin Creed. He officially joined the network after a heroic appearance in the reunion special and a fan-driven #Creed4G4 Twitter Campaign which generated millions of views and couldn’t be ignored.
Xavier Woods’ appointment was announced by Kevin Sabbe, Head of Content, G4. “We could not be happier to welcome Xavier to the family and introduce the first member of G4’s new cast,” said Sabbe. “The list of on-air talent with advanced degrees in psychology, unbridled passion for video games and multiple WWE Tag Team Championships is not long. We loved Xavier’s creative #Creed4G4 campaign and cannot wait to showcase his many talents throughout G4’s developing slate of programming. Xavier stands as a fantastic first representative of an exciting and diverse team that we are assembling for G4 and will be introducing in the coming weeks and months.”
As part of WWE’s The New Day, Woods is a three-time and longest reigning Raw Tag Team Champion, and a record seven-time SmackDown Tag Team Champion. He has also hosted WWE’s pop culture extravaganza, WrestleMania, and created his own popular YouTube gaming channel, UpUpDownDown, which has more than two million subscribers and recently took home Esports Content Creator Of The Year honors at Esports Awards 2020.
“Never in my wildest dreams did I expect #Creed4G4 to gain so much momentum among WWE fans and gamers alike,” said Woods. “As a lifelong video game fanatic, I have always held a genuine affinity for the G4 brand and I’m honored and humbled to be joining the G4 team at a time when interest in gaming and the gaming community has never been stronger.”
In addition to entertaining fans and introducing WWE Superstar Xavier Woods to the G4 family, Tuesday’s reunion special kicked off G4’s Gravython charity tournament, a multi-day event featuring well-known streamers including DrLupo, Chica and Mari Takahashi. G4 partnered with Tiltify, the online donation platform, to raise funds for a variety of causes and non-profit organizations including Codepath, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Girls Who Code, No Kid Hungry, the National Fragile X Foundation, Black Girls Code, and Connor’s Cure. Gravython is still generating donations that can be made through Saturday, November 28, by visiting www.Gravython.com.
Moderated by American comedian and gaming enthusiast Ron Funches, Tuesday’s “A Very Special G4 Holiday Reunion Special” took the loyal G4 fan community back in time to visit some of its greatest moments and was served with a cornucopia of surprises and funny twists. To view the reunion special on demand, click here. The program will also make its linear debut on SyFy Network this coming Friday night, November 27, at midnight ET and PT (11PM CT).
G4 is an always-on, next-generation network created for gamers, by gamers. Authentic to its legendary roots, G4 returns in 2021 with classic shows and brand-new original content driven by a passion to entertain, unite and inspire gaming’s enthusiastic and diverse communities. Based in Los Angeles and available everywhere gamers congregate, G4 is committed to bringing the industry together through content, commerce and experiences that set a new standard for gaming innovation, inclusion and accessibility. Reinvented by Spectacor Gaming, owner and operator of a growing portfolio of gaming and esports assets – including Overwatch League’s Philadelphia Fusion and T1 Entertainment & Sports – G4 is also connected to and inspired by the technology and creativity of Comcast NBCUniversal. Please visit us at http://www.g4tv.com and find us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/G4TV), Reddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/g4tv/) and YouTube (https://www.YouTube.com/G4TV).