|Born||September 4, 1986|
Professional wrestling career
|Ring Name||Xavier Woods|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||207 lbs (94 kg)|
|Billed||Angel Grove, California|
Austin Watson (September 4, 1986) is an American professional wrestler, He is signed to WWE, where he competes under the ring name of Xavier Woods. Watson was formerly one-half of the FCW Florida Tag Team Champions with Wes Brisco. His Creed persona was based on Apollo Creed from the Rocky movie series.
Professional Wrestling Career
World Wrestling Entertainment (2010-present)
Florida Championship Wrestling (2010)
On July 22, 2010, it was announced that Watson had signed a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment. Watson, using his real name, made his debut for WWE's developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling on July 29 in a tag team match, where he and Percy Watson were defeated by Brodus Clay and Donny Marlow. He has since been added to the company's official website under the name Xavier Woods. On November 4, Woods teamed with Wes Brisco to win the FCW Florida Tag Team Championship by defeating Johnny Curtis and Derrick Bateman.
He competed for a time on NXT where he would promote himself as an appreciator of 1990s culture, such as thick cellphones.
Teaming with R-Truth (2013–2014)
On the November 18, 2013 episode of Raw, Woods made his main roster debut as he teamed with fellow TNA alumnus and former tag-team partner R-Truth to defeat 3MB (Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal) after Woods pinned McIntyre. The following week on Raw, Woods defeated Heath Slater in his singles debut match while being accompanied by R-Truth and The Funkadactyls (Cameron and Naomi) and using Tons of Funk's entrance music. On the November 29 episode of SmackDown, Woods began a feud with Brodus Clay after Clay took offense to Woods using his entrance music and The Funkdactyls as his managers earlier in the week on Raw. Later that night, Woods suffered his first loss when he and R-Truth lost to Tons of Funk (Clay and Tensai) after Clay pinned Woods. On the December 2 episode of Raw, Woods and R-Truth defeated Tons of Funk in a rematch after Woods pinned Clay. on the January 10 episode of Smackdown, Woods defeated Fandango, on the December 9 episode of Raw, Woods faced Brodus Clay in a losing effort, on the December 11 episode of Main Event, Woods and R-Truth defeated Tons of Funk,on the January 8 episode of Main Event, Woods and Truth faced The Real Americans (Cesaro and Jack Swagger) in a losing effort, on the January 10 episode of SmackDown, Woods defeated Fandango, on the January 31 episode of SmackDown, Woods faced Fandango in a losing effort, Woods and R-Truth then competed sporadically in the first quarter of 2014. They started a feud with the Bulgarian newcomer Rusev and were defeated by him in singles and handicap encounters. on the February 3 episode of Raw, Woods, Truth and Dolph Ziggler faced The Wyatt Family in a six man tag team match where they lost, on the March 20 episode of Superstars, Woods and R Truth defeated 3MB (Mahal and McIntyre), on the April 3 episode of NXT, Woods faced Brodus Clay in a losing effort, At WrestleMania XXX, Woods competed in the André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, but failed to win the match. on the April 14 episode of Raw, Woods faced Rusev in a losing effort, on the April 28 episode of Raw, Woods faced Rusev again which ended by disqualification when R-Truth interfered. At Extreme Rules, Woods and R Truth faced Alexander Rusev in a 2-on-1 handicap match but lost the match. on the May 5 episode of Raw, Woods competed in a 20-man WWE United States championship battle royal which was won by Sheamus. on the May 30 episode of Smackdown, Woods faced Bo Dallas in a losing effort, on the June 9 episode of Raw, Woods faced Bo Dallas in another losing effort, on the June 16 episode of Raw, Woods competed in a WWE World Heavyweight Championship Ladder Match Qualifying Battle Royal but was eliminated by Rusev. on the June 24 episode of Main Event, Woods and R-Truth faced Curtis Axel and Ryback in a losing effort, at Battleground, Woods competed in a 19-man battle royal for the vacant Intercontinental Championship but was eliminated by The Great Khali.
The New Day (2014–present)
On the July 21 episode of Raw, after Big E and Kofi Kingston suffered another loss as a team, Xavier Woods confronted them, declaring that they could not "get ahead by kissing babies and shaking hands". Instead, it would be "their time" to "take". The duo accepted Woods' offer, and on the next day's Main Event, Woods managed Big E and Kingston to a decisive victory over Heath Slater and Titus O'Neil. On the July 29 episode of Main Event, Woods' filled a commentary role while he and his group observed a match wrestled by the WWE Tag Team Champions, the Usos. However, Woods' group quickly and quietly disbanded, as on the August 8 episode of SmackDown and on the August 12 episode of Main Event, both Big E and then Kingston reverted to wrestling singles matches with no sign or mention of the other two members of the group. Despite being disbanded on WWE television, Big E, Kingston and Woods continued their alliance at live events. on the September 26 episode of Smackdown, Woods competed in a Intercontinental Championship No 1 Contender Battle Royal which was won by Cesaro
From the November 3 episode of Raw, WWE began airing vignettes for Woods, along with Big E and Kingston, with the stable now being billed as "The New Day". The New Day made their in-ring debut on the November 28 episode of SmackDown in a winning effort against Titus O'Neil, Heath Slater and Curtis Axel.on the December 5 episode of Smackdown, Woods and Kingston defeated Cesaro and Tyson Kidd. on the January 12, 2015 episode of Raw, Woods and Kingston defeated Cesaro & Tyson Kidd. on the January 13 episode of Main Event, New Day defeated Cesaro, Tyson Kidd & Adam Rose in a six man tag team match,
After accompanying his New Day mates Kingston and Langston in the pre-show of the 2015 Royal Rumble (they lost against Masters of the WWE Universe) Xavier tweeted support during the Rumble for Curtis Axel, saying he was never eliminated.on the February 16 episode of Raw, Woods and Kofi Kingston defeated Gold and Stardust, on the February 19 episode of Smackdown, Woods and Big E faced The Ascension in a losing effort. on the March 9 episode of Raw, Woods and Big E defeated the WWE Tag Team Champions Cesaro & Tyson Kidd in a non title match with Woods pinning Kidd. Woods made his Wrestlemania debut at WrestleMania 31 in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal where he was eliminated by Big Show. on the April 18 episode of Main Event, Woods faced Jimmy Uso in a losing effort.
- Finishing moves
- As Xavier Woods
- Culture Shock (Diving DDT) – 2010–2011
- Lost in the Woods (Inverted stomp facebreaker) – 2013–present
- Tornado DDT – 2011–2013
- As Xavier Woods
- Signature moves
- Arm drag
- Cradle back to belly piledriver
- Diving fist drop
- Drop toe-hold
- Military press double knee gutbuster
- Right-handed hook
- Honor Roll (Rolling thunder clothesline, with theatrics)
- Springboard one-handed bulldog
- Swinging cradle suplex
- "Awesome Consequences"
- "The Valedictorian"
- Wrestlers managed
- Entrance themes
- "Somebody Call My Momma" by Jim Johnston (WWE; November 25, 2013; January 8, 2014 - June 2014)
- "Little Jimmy" performed by Ron Killings and composed by Jim Johnston (WWE; used while teaming with R-Truth) (November 18, 2013 – June, 2014)
- "Who's the Man?" by CFO$ (June 2014 – ?)
- "New Day, New Way" by Jim Johnston (WWE; used while a part of The New Day)
Championships and accomplishments
- World Wrestling Entertainment