Xavier Woods' Failed Debut Run Should Lead to Better Character Planning

The Doctor Chris MuellerFeatured ColumnistMarch 12, 2014

In this July 31, 2013 photo, wrestlers Xavier Woods, left, and Corey Graves pose inside the new World Wrestling Entertainment Performance Center in Orlando, Fla. The $2.5 million, 26,000-square foot facility opened in July, replacing a smaller, antiquated facility in Tampa, Fla. The facility is both a graduate school and a training and rehabilitation center. (AP Photo/Kyle Hightower)
Credit: WWE.com

Xavier Woods came into WWE without so much as a whisper of hype behind his debut, and he disappeared just as quietly.

He was paired up with R-Truth in a tag team that went nowhere, and his only feuds were with Brodus Clay and Fandango, with the driving force behind both being dancing.

The saddest part of this story is that Xavier Woods is a very talented performer. He can do all the chain wrestling stuff, and he can hit the big spots that get the crowd to stand up out of their seats and cheer.

When WWE first signed Consequences Creed from TNA I thought "Good. This kid is talented and deserves a shot at the big time."

Then he sat in developmental for over three years and I forgot he existed until he was mentioned in passing during an episode of Raw during Big Show's "Firing" storyline.

WWE has done a very good job over the past couple of years of building up their new Superstars on the main roster. The Shield and The Wyatt Family are the most obvious example of great introductions to the main roster.

One team came out of nowhere and shook up the main event scene, and the other was introduced through weeks of insanely entertaining video packages.

Big E, Antonio Cesaro and Damien Sandow are all Superstars who show a lot of promise for being the next generation of leaders in WWE.

Woods just showed up one day and wanted to party with everyone. It was a half-hearted effort by WWE to bring a new talent to the main roster, and Woods' entire WWE future may be in jeopardy because of it.

Getting to the main roster is hard, keeping your spot is harder, but losing your spot and fighting to earn it back might be the toughest thing any WWE Superstar might have to do.

Dolph Ziggler had to fight his way out of developmental on multiple occasions, and now he is known as one of WWE's most entertaining performers, even if he is booked poorly at the moment.

Ziggler's rise back up the ranks is a good sign for Woods that there is still hope to find success, but for now it seems that he will be a learning experience for WWE.

There needs to be a solid storyline in place for the debut of a Superstar in order to ensure that they have the opportunity to connect with the audience.

Many Superstars have had their careers made or broken by their debut storyline, but plenty have had lackluster debuts and went on to greatness.

Fans cheered Woods during his matches when he teamed with R-Truth, but it was in the same way that they cheer any babyface they don't totally hate.

It's been a few months since we have seen Xavier Woods on WWE television, and that is not a good sign for the future PHD.

His frequent appearances during WWE's online shows like The JBL and Cole Show help increase his exposure, but only so much. Only a fraction of the WWE viewing audience watch those videos, and they are usually the people who already know exactly who he is.

He was never booked to look very strong, and pairing him with R-Truth did neither Superstar any good. Their only notable angle was with Tons of Funk, and now none of them are being featured on WWE TV.

Woods might be the sacrifice for WWE to learn the lesson of having a plan in place for any call-up to the main roster. A similar lesson could be learned for having a good reason to break up a tag team, but that is a different article for a different day.

What do you think? Did WWE botch Xavier Woods' chance at stardom, or did he fail to get over when given the chance?


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