Xavier Woods is imploring fans to stop sending hateful messages to Ridge Holland.
Woods' New Day teammate, Big E, was injured on the March 11, 2022, edition of WWE SmackDown when he landed on his head after taking an overhead belly-to-belly suplex from Holland.
The Brawling Brutes member posted to social media on Sunday stating he has received death threats, been labeled as racist, and had threats made to his family.
Death threats. Threats to my family. Lobbying for me to lose my job. Being labeled as racist. Great stuff keep ‘em coming.
Woods responded to Holland's comments on Monday:
Pro Wrestling is extremely dangerous. All of us involved understand that. Ridge & his family do not deserve to be treated this way. Please do not send any hate towards them. Instead use your energy to do something positive like sending love to E. Be kind. Please be kind.
Last July, Big E told ESPN that he has no ill feelings towards Holland regarding his injury.
"I have no issue whatsoever with Ridge," Big E said. "He's reached out and said some very kind things. … What we do is dangerous, and there are inherent dangers. And to that degree, we all kind of know what we sign up for and it was unfortunate that it went down that way. But I'm not dead. I'm alive. I'm doing well."
TMZ recently interviewed Big E, who told them he's waiting on scans of his injury which will help determine if he is able to wrestle again.
"Everything isn't permanent. If it comes to an end, cool. If doesn't, cool. What will be, will be. I'm good with whatever."
Holland received several other supportive responses to his post as well.
"Stay strong, Ridge! We know your heart," wrote Samantha Irvin.
"You’re honestly one of the nicest and most caring guys around. This app is absolute trash some of the time. But It doesn’t reflect real life or the opinions of the people who know you. Keep you chin up big man, big love," wrote Flash Morgan Webster.
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Holland last wrestled on WWE's March 5, 2023 house show from Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. He defeated Legado Del Fantasma's Cruz Del Toro in singles competition. The night before, Holland defeated LDF's Joaquin Wilde from Toronto's Coca-Cola Coliseum.