Xavier Woods recalled Vince McMahon telling him he never wanted to see him without his trusty trombone after his debut performance left a camera operator in tears.
Woods began bringing a trombone he christened ‘Francesca’ to ringside to antagonise opponents when he and his New Day partners Big E and Kofi Kingston were hated villains.
Speaking to Chris Van Vliet on his Insight podcast, Xavier Woods explained how the trombone came to be and how after one outing it became an invaluable part of their act.
“At that point, we were trying to see what they would say yes to us doing. They had an idea after we won the titles in New York and they wanted us to sing a song. They wanted us to sing ‘New York, New York.’ We were in the car and I said do you think they will let us have a trombone because I could figure it out on that. The guys were like let’s see. We texted them back and they told us ‘yeah we can get a trombone.'”
“We played it during the show and I’m supposed to give it to someone so we can do our match. In my head, I’m thinking I’m never going to be in this situation again. I get to take my passion for professional wrestling and my passion for the trombone and experience this feeling again. So I’m going to keep the trombone and play it during the match. One of the camera guys is crying as he is trying to record. We go to commercial and the camera guy says ‘You got to keep playing that trombone. Vince is loving this.’ We got to the back and everyone is loving it. Vince told us ‘I never want to see you without a trombone when you go out there.'”
Xavier Woods’ trombone playing antics helped turn The New Day into one of the most beloved acts in the entire WWE. The trombone playing remained part of Woods’ presentation even after the original Francesca was destroyed by Chris Jericho. After having a memorial for the fallen brass instrument, Woods then unveiled a brand new trombone named ‘Francesca 2.’
Xavier Woods also revealed that he didn’t know beforehand the outcome of Kofi Kingston’s WWE Championship match at WrestleMania 35.