Xavier Woods: NXT’s most captivating man

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September 26, 2013

Xavier Woods is easily one of the more interesting competitors on the NXT roster. As the self-described “Life of the Party,” Woods carries a load of unmatched energy every time he steps foot inside the NXT Arena. With a playful look at life, a penchant for everything ’90s and even a Ph.D. on the way, Woods sits down with WWE.com to discuss his plethora of experiences.

WWE.com: How would you describe yourself?

Woods: I would describe Xavier Woods as the most athletic nerd on the planet. I am a guy with an obsession for all things from the 1990s, but none of that means I won't kick somebody right in the mouth.

WWE.com: Tell us how you got your start inside the ring.

Woods: I started wrestling school right after I graduated from high school. I worked at a daycare to pay my way and I did this all through college in South Carolina. I had class Monday through Friday and then I’d drive down to Georgia immediately after class on Friday. I would wrestle Friday, Saturday and sometimes two shows on Sundays. When I found more people in South Carolina to work with, I added Tuesday and Thursday nights to my wrestling schedule on top of school.

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WWE.com: Speaking of school, you are currently pursuing your Ph.D. in psychology. Why have you undertaken such a challenge?

Woods: It’s not really a choice to me. This is something that I just have to do. When I was coming up, my parents instilled in me the notion that no one can ever take your mind from you. They can kick you, they can call you names, but if you have your education, they can never ever take that from you. Knowledge is the greatest weapon of all.

Also I honestly believe that people sometimes have a skewed perspective of what they believe wrestling and wrestlers to be. I am attempting to change this with my contribution of eventually being the first wrestler to ever have a Ph.D.

WWE.com: What are the challenges of pursuing your Ph.D. with a full-time in-ring schedule?

Woods: What we do is already hard enough from the voluntary trauma on our bodies, the traveling, the sleepless nights and the hectic schedule. Adding a Ph.D. dissertation on top of all that makes life a constant obstacle course. The hardest part is making sure that I’m advancing at a good pace in both arenas. I have to always be on point in the ring and with a microphone, but I also have to be mentally crisp with the ability to make sense of the most complex psychological issues. It’s hard but it’s something that I have to do, so you won’t hear any complaints from me. The funny part is, once I’m done with school, I don't know what I will do with all that extra free time!

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