Gears 5 continues to add to its unusual collection of DLC characters by including WWE’s most iconic trio – The New Day. For those unfamiliar in the wrestling universe, WWE’s The New Day consists of the former WWE Champion Kofi Kingston, big ball of sunshine Big E, and video gamer Xavier Woods.
Named Austin Creed in real life, Woods has been involved in the gaming community for a while now, from his YouTube channel UpUpDownDown to his special appearances at gaming conventions and his quest to host shows on the new G4.
Woods was also present during the E3 2019 to introduce Escape Mode in Gears 5 alongside fellow wrestling superstars Tyler Breeze and AJ Styles, so he’s definitely more than familiar with the game’s chainsaw hacking action.
If you thought getting popped by gnashers got on your nerves, wait until its us doing it 🤣 pic.twitter.com/nweuRLSzi7
— Austin #Creed4G4 – Future King of The Ring (@AustinCreedWins) November 17, 2020
For reasons only known to the Xbox marketing team, The New Day aren’t even the first wrestler to sport the COG armor and wield a Lancer. Batista was included in the game a few months ago, followed closely by his finishing move, Batista Bomb, as an execution animation.
With Gears 5’s Xbox Series X|S update, Batista was also able to replace Marcus Fenix in the main campaign if players wanted the wrestler to fulfill his acting dreams. The game also features a couple of Spartans from Halo: Reach and a set of characters from Terminator: Dark Fate as multiplayer options.
Xavier Woods revealed the animated look that he and his tag team partners will receive in Gears 5 via a new tweet a few hours ago. The reveal comes along with a new update for the game that introduces a chunk of new maps, characters, and even a weapon from the past games in the franchise. However, it appears that The New Day will be participating in the game sometime after that, as there’s no sign of the colorful unicorn loving trio in today’s patch notes.
While fans await the appearance of The New Day in Gears 5, they can consider trying several other titles where the wrestlers are featured. Obviously, the group has been consistent playable characters in WWE games for years, such as in the recently released WWE 2K Battlegrounds.
A more outside of the box cameo comes in Brawhalla, developed by Ubisoft, where platform character Xavier Woods fights alongside Roman Reigns, Macho Man Randy Savage, The Undertaker, and several more WWE superstars are available as skins for existing characters. Woods is also featured in Super Bomberman R along with other Konami guest characters and exclusive mascots. As a Bomber, Xavier can spawn a wrestling ring to defend himself from nearby explosions.
Xavier Woods may not have been contracted by the restored G4 as a host just yet, but featuring along the side of his teammates in an upcoming Gears 5 update still looks like a win. Although Big E recently began a solo career on Friday Night SmackDown, projects like this and the ongoing podcast show of The New Day show that the team is still united as friends in and out of the ring.