Next up for the weekly Q&A is the a man you may have seen in the ring cracking heads and yelling “IT’S MORPHIN’ TIME,” WWE Superstar XAVIER WOODS. Xavier was nice enough to take time out from wrestling, training and working on his dissertation to answer a few questions, and even drop off his current playlist.
- What are you currently nerding out on?
Currently I’m going hard with subtitled animes on Crunchy Roll. It’s like Netflix for anime, if you don’t know. They upload brand new shows a week after they air in Japan so it’s a great way to keep up on current stuff.
- What’s your most recent game played?
Final Fantasy 14 has consumed my life. A bunch of my buddies and I all got it and jumped in, started a guild and are getting in on all the goodness. If you’re getting it then jump on Coerurl so we can play!
- What music is on your playlist?
Actually just made a sweet dance club mix for one of my dj buddies and its attached below if you wanna see the whole thing. It’s more or less anything that could go on Michael Jacksons “Off The Wall” album.
if you have Spotify, check out Xavier’s Playlist HERE
- What do you do in downtime?
In my downtime I usually watch TV (playing games doesn’t count, that’s “On site training”). I really like Brooklyn Nine-Nine right now so I’m going through that and Prince of Tennis. Boondocks just started back up so that will be on the list as well.
- Any past/present involvement in community activities you’d like to speak about?
A few weeks when I was in New Orleans for WrestleMania I had the chance to do something really cool. WWE had been working with an organization called KABOOM and an elementary school on designing a playground for the kids there. Went in early to hang out with the kids and build some of the playground, which we finished in a day (awesome). The kids were so happy and so excited so it was really cool to see their reactions to something that will leave a lasting mark on their school forever.
- What are you trying to learn to do right now?
I’m trying to learn how to complete my dissertation in a timely manner. My goal is to have it before I am 30; I’m 27 now, so learning how to make that happen is something that is pretty important to me.
- What should Nerdy People of Color get out of our website and collective?
They should take away that regardless of the color of your skin you can do whatever you set your mind to. You don’t have to put yourself in a box, you don’t have to only have one interest, and you can love whatever you want! Mix and match your achievements to become a well-rounded person who can be a strong role model for others.
A) Movie – White Chicks.
B) Food – Stuffed Crust Pizza with Pepperoni and Bacon
C) Website –NPCcollective.com duhhh and riptapparel.com
- What’s upcoming?
I’ll be traveling to Europe in a few weeks to wrestle. I’m really pumped about it considering that performing overseas always has a kind of energy about it. Since we aren’t always performing over there then they are insane to see us. It’s a good feeling and crazy energy like that always enhances your game so its gonna be a good time.
- Talk about a person or event who made you who you are today.
So I was an amateur wrestler in high school and one year I won a very difficult tournament. I came out of the finals beat up, bruised, and bloody. But I remember it being one of the happiest times of my life. There was am upper classman named Mike Hudson, who was absolutely incredible, that I really looked up to. Mike had won this tournament the year prior. After the tournament my coach asked me how I felt, I told him “I’m gonna be the next Mike Hudson!”. He looked at me confused and said “Why don’t you just work hard to be the first Xavier Woods?”. He didn’t realize it at the time, but that one comment changed my life. I then understood that there is no point trying to be like someone else. It’s good to look up to people and to have goals, but it’s also important to never lose sight that you are the only you that you can be. Make your own way and never lose sight of who you are.
BONUS: Xavier Woods’ Playlist:
– Don’t Stop Till you Get Enough
– Rock With You
– Workin Day and Night
– Get on the Floor
– Off the Wall
– I can’t Help It (if not dancy enough for you then try – I Can’t Help It (Todd Terje
– Burn this Disco Out
– Pretty Young Thing
– Not just Knee Deep
– Atomic Dog
– One Nation Under a Groove
– Don’t You worry Bout a Thing
– Do I Do
– Boogie on Reggae Woman
– Rubber Band Man
Earth, Wind, and Fire
– Boogie Wonderland
– Lets Groove
– He’s the Greatest Dancer
– And The Beat Goes On
– Rock Steady
– Let the Music Play
– Midas Touch
– No Parking on the Dance Floor
– Let it Whip
– Do Wa Ditty
– I can Make you Dance
The Gap Band
– Early in the Morning
– Party all the Time
– Take Your Time
– A night to remember (watch the video, youll love It https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guB_jQkCzCo
– Second time around
– Take the to the bank
– Over and over