WWE's Xavier Woods: Fans Want Characters That Would Kick Puppies
New Day star reflects on why his act is working better as a bad guy rather than a good guy...
New Day star Xavier Woods reckons WWE fans don’t like “nice” characters, preferring to back anti-heroes who want “to punt a puppy across a football field”.
Asked on the PodNasty Wrestling Podcast about his TV character’s transition – with fellow stablemates Big E and Kofi Kingston - from a good guy to a villain, the 28-year-old said a change was required after it became apparent some of the audience were rejecting New Day’s upbeat approach.
“We had a couple of different schools of thoughts,” revealed Xavier.
"We thought this would occur, that people would be into it, because it’s maybe one of the only positive things on television, because you turn on the news and there’s death, murder, car crashes and everything. Here’s a positive thing with three guys - all college educated, all college athletes, all very eloquent - so we’ll preach a positive message like ‘do well in life and go to school’.
“Make sure you work out you could be big and strong like E. Make sure if you stretch a lot you can be flexible and agile like Kofi. And make sure if you read your books you could be smart like Woods.
“And then we realized after a few months it turned into people don’t like those who are happy. So it’s kind of like a play on society, essentially, people of American society.”
Woods continued: “Back in the 1980s, if someone’s happy, someone’s doing well, someone’s getting hardships, you cheered for that person. But now it’s 2015, and they don’t like that.
“They want someone who’s grimy and who doesn’t like people and who doesn’t smile and isn’t happy and wants to punt a puppy across a football field.
“If that happened, people would be watching and it would get 3 million views on YouTube because it’s something that’s horrible so essentially society has created this thing where people like to see car wrecks, and they want to see a hot mess and they want to see a fall from grace.
“So if you don’t have those things people are going to boo you because that’s not entertaining to them, they want to see a mess, they want to see somebody fall on the sidewalk and bust their lip on the ground. They don’t like nice things.”
No wonder Xavier is doing a Phd in psychology... But here's what we've learned, Woodsy - keep on clapping and the crowd will pretend to keep on c******* on your act. But take it as a compliment because New Day are currently on fire.
And, as rivals Cesaro and Tyson Kidd may say, that indeed is FACT.