Xavier Woods On Putting Himself Out There: I’d Rather Go Down Swinging My Own Punches Than Someone Else’s
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Heavy can be the crown of being multi-talented, but Xavier Woods thrives when his back is against the wall.
Xavier Woods, the 2021 King of The Ring winner, was a guest on Out Of Character with Ryan Satin and was asked how he became so engaged about pursuing his passions in life. Woods credited his family growing up and playing such a huge role.
“Things that my parents and my sister instilled in me from the time that I was little was like, ‘You have to do what makes you happy as long as you’re not hurting anybody else,’ because the only thing that’s going to happen is as we get older and we understand the sense of mortality we start to think, ‘Oh, man. Am I having as much fun as I wanted to? Am I living the life I wanted Am I where I thought I would be when I’m 35? When I’m 40? you know? Rather than having those types of questions and regrets, I’d rather exhaust all options.
Woods used the fickle beast of pro wrestling as the perfect example of what he was trying to communicate.
“This idea of trying things and seeing what works for you is really important to me because I’d rather go down swinging my own punches rather than go down swinging the punches someone else told me to throw cause if I go down swinging someone else’s that’s when you start to get salty and you start to complain and you start to blame everyone else for the way that your life is at that moment and time and in my head if I got to that point where I felt upset about my life I wanted to make sure that if I looked in the mirror and I knew that it was because I didn’t take the right risk or didn’t make the right choices. I want to know that if I’m not meant for wrestling or I’m not meant for gaming or I’m not meant for music or bass, it’s because I did everything literally I could and it still didn’t work.
“I want to know if I’m good at something or not good at something,” he continued. “I don’t know, that’s me living my best life cause I’m super hot for the feeling of possible failure. That’s what I thrive off of is what happens when you’re not doing well? What happens in a match when things aren’t going like you thought they would, when the crowd’s not doing what you think they should, like what do you do then? That to me is the essence of the artist. Finding out what you do when things aren’t going your way.”
Transcription credit should go to @DominicDeAngelo of WrestleZone