NXT Champion Adam Cole recalls when WWE confused him with Xavier Woods. The hilarious mix up happened back in 2010.
Adam Cole is considered one of the best wrestlers in the world today. However, there was once a time when he was another starry-eyed wrestling fan who dreamt of being a WWE Superstar someday. The WWE themselves communicated with him first, however, it turns out the promotion had made a mistake.
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As it turns out, the WWE thought they were contacting Xavier Woods (real name: Austin Xavier) instead they got in touch with Adam Jenkins (present day Adam Cole). The NXT champion narrated the hilarious story in an interview with The Wrap.
NXT Champion Adam Cole recalls when WWE confused him with Xavier Woods
“I got an email saying, ‘Hey, we’ve seen some footage of you. We’re really, really impressed. We wanna bring you down to FCW (the predecessor to NXT) for a week to try out,'” Cole recalled.
“And I was like, ‘Oh my God.’ I’m telling my brother; I’m telling my friends. And [WWE] ended up calling me and talking to me on the phone for 30 minutes — 30 minutes, explaining, going, ‘This is who you’re going to be rooming with. This is when you’re gonna fly down. This is what you’re gonna do.’ And at the end of the conversation he goes, ‘And listen, I just want you to know, if you just show up, you work hard, it’s pretty much a done deal. Like, you just gotta not screw up. We’re that level of interested.’ I’m like, I’m getting hired, I can’t believe it.
“Then I get the email with the flight itinerary. Long story short, it’s the wrong name and I’m very confused and like, ‘Wait, what?’ I Google the name and up pops Xavier Woods. And I sent a picture of myself, I said, ‘Hey, this is me.’ And they went, ‘Oh my God, we’re so sorry. We’re gonna book you as an extra for RAW and SmackDown.”
Cole eventually featured on WWE television as an extra drinking with Straight Edge Society member Serena Deeb.
“I ended up being the person who was sitting at a bar, pretending to drink with Serena Deeb,” Cole explained. “And then the Straight Edge Society came in and kicked us out of the bar and I ran away. So, I was very excited, 19-year-old me, I was very, very excited to get to do a backstage vignette on SmackDown, drinking ginger ale with Serena.”
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