WWE used to be much more popular than it is today. Pro wrestling is competing with several other entertainment options now. The business also faces critics who come down on it for being fake and scripted. Xavier Woods has heard it all before.
While speaking to ESPN, Woods addressed the idea that pro wrestling is fake and scripted. He got around to mentioning this subject as he was asked if there is a cross-over audience between WWE and NHL fans.
“Oh definitely, everybody has some tie to wrestling, either it was their grandpa taking them to matches or their stepmom being really into it. Everyone has some sort of wrestling story, and when they understand what wrestling is, they have a different appreciation for it.”
“Look, it’s 2020. We get it. Wrestling is what wrestling is. And then we’ll hear people saying they just watch UFC and not the ‘fake stuff.’ Well, the dragons on Game of Thrones are not actually dragons. And in shows that are in television, you have months or years to write a script, the actors then get those scripts. They go over their lines. They shoot the scenes 30 times. And then they make their best cuts from all of these, and produce their 12-episode shows.”
“Our show is on 52 weeks a year. We don’t get scripts days in advance; we find out what we’re doing at like 5 p.m., and then go and perform it at 8 p.m. It could change in the ring. It can change during a live shot, in front of a live audience. We have to tell a story through words and through physicality as well. Once people get that, they realize, ‘Oh, this is difficult. I should really appreciate it.'”
Professional wrestling might be pre-determined, but the injuries that Superstars experience in the ring aren’t fake at all. Xavier Woods can attest to this as he tore his Achilles tendon and is currently recovering from that affliction.