Xavier Woods: NXT’s most captivating man

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September 26, 2013

WWE.com: Prior to making your professional debut, we understand you had a run-in with Cody Rhodes during your amateur wrestling days.

Woods: I went to high school in Marietta, Ga., and Cody was a member of our rival school’s wrestling team. At the time, I was two weight classes below Cody and had to go through three guys on my team just to get my coach to allow me to wrestle in Cody’s weight class. Cody's dad, WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes, would come to the tournaments, and I thought that if I beat Cody then Dusty would see that and he would want to train me to be a professional wrestler.

Once the match started I was literally embarrassing him in front of everyone in the gym. I was ducking and dodging him and scoring points left and right. But as I was beating him into the ground, I looked over and saw Dusty and he was so sad. I don’t think that I had ever seen a grown man feel so bad for his son, who was getting absolutely crushed. Because of this, I took it upon myself to be the bigger man and out of respect to Dusty Rhodes, I allowed Cody to catch up in points and beat me by one point. You’re welcome, Rhodes Family.

WWE.com: In addition to your schooling and amateur experience, you’ve developed a reputation in the NXT locker room for your video editing skills.

Woods: I’ve only been learning how to film and edit videos in the past few years. These are music videos or just little funny characters that my friends and I do. From time to time, I will make a short film and participate in film festivals as well. I think that the more things that you know how to do, then the better off you will be. Most of the knowledge with the videos has come from trial and error. But luckily since we have been filming NXT at Full Sail University, I have been able to network with the professors there and they’ve been extremely helpful with teaching me things about film that I would have never learned otherwise.

WWE.com: Your ring gear always tends to be among the flashiest on NXT. What inspires your designs?

Woods: I just really love sweet outfits! Bootsy Collins is a huge inspiration for me when it comes to my style. As for the actual pieces of the look, it’s extremely influenced by the things that I loved from my ’90s childhood. I always have "OVER 9000" on my tights because it is a reference from one of my favorite cartoons: “Dragon Ball Z.” My current set of gear was influenced by Sega and Sonic the Hedgehog. For my nerds out there that know the game extensively, there are seven chaos emeralds placed strategically through the gear. So pretty much video games and cartoons influence my wrestling gear. A hint for what’s coming up next: four brothers, four colors. ...

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