Austin Watson is a 35-year-old wrestler from Columbus, Georgia. He wrestles for WWE and performs on RAW under the ring name, Xavier Woods.
Watson started his wrestling career in 2005 and wrestled mainly on the independent scene under the name, Austin Creed. Creed was best known for his time in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling where he won the TNA World Tag Team Championship twice. He also wrestled for other promotions such as New Japan Pro-Wrestling, Deep South Wrestling, and East Coast Wrestling Association.
Xavier Woods’ WWE Contract & Debut
In 2010, Creed signed with the WWE and went to their developmental territory, Florida Championship Wrestling. He was given the ring name, Xavier Woods. In Florida Championship Wrestling, Woods won the FCW Florida Tag Team Championship alongside Wes Brisco but they had to vacate the titles due to Brisco suffering an injury.
After FCW was rebranded as NXT, Watson made his debut on NXT as Xavier Woods. Watson only had a few matches while wrestling for NXT before WWE moved him up to the main roster. In November 2013, Xavier Woods made his RAW debut as he teamed with R-Truth, who he won the TNA World Tag Team Championships with when they wrestled for that promotion. In their debut together, the duo faced Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal in a winning effort. The duo lasted as a tag team until 2014 but after a defeat in a 2 on 1 handicap match against Rusev, the team disbanded.
The New Day
In 2014, Xavier Woods, alongside Kofi Kingston and Big E, formed the stable, The New Day. The trio had their first match as a team in a winning effort against the team of Curtis Axel, Heath Slater, and Titus O’Neil. After their debut, the trio went on to win multiple matches and earn more title shots.
They finally won their first tag team titles at Extreme Rules 2015 where Big E and Kofi Kingston defeated Tyson Kidd and Cesaro for the titles. The New Day competed under the Freebird rule which means that all three members were considered the champions and all three could defend the titles. They lost the tag team titles to The Prime Time Players at Money in the Bank 2015 but won them back at SummerSlam 2015. They became the longest reigning tag team champions ever. They defeated teams like The Usos, The Wyatt Family, The Lucha Dragons, The League of Nations, The Dudley Boyz, and The Bar. In December 2016, at Roadblock: End of the Line, their record setting reign ended at 483 days after losing to The Bar (Sheamus and Cesaro).
Xavier Woods & The New Day’s Championships
After that, Xavier Woods was featured in a lot more in matches and had more opportunities to show off his in ring skills. In 2017, The New Day was drafted to SmackDown and they won the SmackDown Tag Team Championships at Battleground after defeating The Usos. Since forming The New Day, the stable has won the SmackDown Tag Team Championships six times and the RAW Tag Team Championship title twice.
In 2019, Xavier Woods and Big E competed in and won a gauntlet match granting Kofi Kingston a title shot for the WWE Championship. Following WrestleMania 35, Xavier Woods and Big E later earned another SmackDown Tag Team Championship opportunity at Extreme Rules. At the event, Woods and Big E defeated Daniel Bryan and Rowan, and Heavy Machinery to win the titles. At Clash of Champions 2019, Xavier Woods and Big E lost the titles to The Revival.
At a WWE live event in October, Xavier Woods suffered a legitimate Achilles injury and it was reported that the injury would sideline him for six months to a year. At the 2020 WWE Draft, Xavier Woods was drafted to Monday Night RAW.
Birth name: Austin Watson
Born: September 4, 1986, Columbus, Georgia, USA
Height: 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
Spouse: Jess Watson
Ring Name(s): Austin Creed, Austin Watson, Consequences Creed, Rasheed Lucius Creed, Xavier Woods
Current Roster: WWE RAW
Finishing Move(s): Midnight Hour
Career Championships and Accomplishments
- Deep South Wrestling
- DSW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- East Coast Wrestling Association
- ECWA Super 8 Tournament Champion (2010)
- Florida Championship Wrestling
- FCW Florida Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- NWA Anarchy
- NWA Anarchy Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- Most Popular Wrestler (2006)
- Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
- TNA World Tag Team Championship (2 time)
- World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
- WWE (Raw) Tag Team Championship (3 times)
- WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship (7 times)
- WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship Tournament (2018)
- Year-End Award for Men’s Tag Team of the Year (2019)