Xavier Woods’ YouTube phenomenon is now approaching an insane one million subscribers and it deserves all of its success. The idea to merge basic gaming with WWE superstars was pure genius and makes you wonder how nobody before him thought of it. As the channel approaches another huge milestone, let’s attempt to narrow down the top 10 greatest UpUpDownDown episodes.
- Xavier Woods versus Kofi Kingston – FIFA 15
One of the oldest videos on the channel and the very first UpUpDownDown video I ever watched, this Gamer Gauntlet features Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston playing FIFA. A lot of credit has to go to Kofi and Big E as regular guests for the success of the channel. The natural chemistry the New Day has translates wonderfully onto YouTube and this video was no exception. The punishment for the loser featured the eating of hot peppers and it was glorious.
- Tyler Breeze versus Byron Saxton – Pop-A-Shot Basketball
This is underrated. Byron Saxton is essentially a pouty child in a suit and whether that’s how he actually is, I’m very curious to find out. This was one of the few non-video game episodes and watching Tyler Breeze essentially bully Saxton was absolutely hilarious.
- UFC2 Tournament Round One Part One
“I don’t get this nervous for matches, for Mania, but my heart is racing right now,” said Big E and that sums this one up nicely. This video features Seth Rollins versus Big E and Jamie Noble versus Jimmy Uso in the game UFC 2. It was the start of an amazing tournament and features some hilarious irony revolving around the decision of the Seth/E match. Jamie Noble is also low-key hilarious.
- Kofi Kingston versus Big E – Mortal Kombat X (featuring Seth Rollins and cake)
Big E and Kofi had a four week tournament spanning three different games and this was the first of them. There was nothing innately special about this one by itself, but the fact that it featured Rollins, Breeze and Kevin Owens delivering Woods a cake for the one year anniversary of UpUpDownDown made it must-watch.
- Big E versus Kofi Kingston – Mount Your Friends
This was actually the final game in the aforementioned tournament. The antics are great by themselves, but Mount Your Friends turned out to be such an enthralling game to watch, that it almost got it onto the list by itself. By the end of the video, you’ll probably be physically drained.
- Big E Plays Five Nights at Freddy’s Four
Funnily enough, New Day’s resident hip-shaker didn’t make his UpUpDownDown debut for quite a while, but when he did – it was beautiful. Playing Five Nights at Freddy’s 4 alongside Woods, E produced some of the greatest jump scare reactions I’ve ever seen. Wait, sorry, they weren’t jump scares – he was just stretching and crushing cockroaches.
- Sasha Banks versus Bayley – Mortal Kombat X
Whenever you put these two in the same room, even if they aren’t wrestling, something amazing happens. They may not have been wrestling but this epic encounter got physical towards the end and the post-game punishment is one of the best ever.
- Big E versus Xavier Woods – Star Wars Battle Front Part 2
I have no words that can do this video justice. The video is best known for the fact that most of it needed to be cut out for one reason or another, but the hilarity that ensues based solely on Big E bullying Young Boy Tom (Tom Phillips) is gold. Watch both parts and enjoy the pollen filled goodness.
- Madden Tournament: Xavier Woods versus Kofi Kingston
Number two ranking aside, this may be the best video on the channel. The entire Madden Tournament is must-watch, but this is the clear standout. The rage Xavier Woods goes through during this video needs to be seen to be believed, but it’s Kofi’s trash talk that really takes it to the next level.
- The Miz versus Xavier Woods – Street Fighter 2
The Miz’s hubris, a room filled with WWE superstars including Bray Wyatt, Braun Strowman and Neville among others and a massive real-life stipulation make this the best video UpUpDownDown have produced. I don’t want to spoil it at all – just watch and enjoy.