Adam Cole and Xavier Woods are two very different wrestlers. However, they both share the same first name which caused a problem a few years ago.
Adam Cole spoke to The Wrap, where he told an amusing story. He was very new to professional wrestling and he received an email from WWE. The company wanted a tape of “his” and wanted “him” to come for a tryout.
On the flight schedule, Cole saw the name on the flight schedule, where he realized it had a different last name. Cole’s real name is Austin Jenkins and he sent a picture to WWE. The company was not expecting to see him. It was, in fact, Xavier Woods that they wanted to see. Woods’ real name is Austin Watson.
I had been wrestling for like six to nine months at this point. I mean, brand-spanking new on the independents, I had, like, three months before, graduated high school. Just brand new. And I know I’m not a big guy, but I was even smaller then. Even smaller, no facial hair, just looked like a high school kid.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.’ How the hell did this happen? Apparently confusion is what’s in a name, or at least,in the name Austin.Okay, so we both share the name Austin. So my guess is they just screwed up the last names by mistake. Funny enough though, the best part is myself and Xavier Woods became buddies at that point because a few years later, I actually did go down to FCW for a week to try out and he was there and he had known the story and I told him the story, and we laughed and kind of became buddies because of it. And now he’s one of my very good friends.