Let’s start this off by addressing the giant elephant in the room…
Was it wrong that Paige had private pictures and videos leaked to the public? Yes. Did fans of professional wrestling have a field day in viewing and sharing said pictures and videos? Again, yes.
If it was just Paige, that would’ve been one thing. But once a video involving Paige, Xavier Woods, AND Brad Maddox leaked, the online community took it to another level.
First off, what an odd pairing. Paige has been on Woods’ Youtube show UpUpDownDown, proving that the two have been friendly. But throwing Maddox into the mix — someone who went from referee to general manager to jobber in the span of a couple of years — made the leaks somehow more interesting. Apparently it was Maddox's phone that was hacked, which led to the graphic images being leaked.
We’re over a week removed, and fans are still talking about the incident. While the video was interesting (to say the least) in and of itself, Paige, Woods, and Maddox have done some interesting things that don’t have to do with the video.
Let’s take a look at 15 things you need to know about Paige, Xavier Woods and Brad Maddox.
15 Paige Made Her Wrestling Debut at 13
When thinking of Paige, it seems like she's been wrestling forever. She was spearheading the Divas Revolution before Charlotte Flair, Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch, and Bayley and was the original top women's competitor in NXT. While she's only been on the WWE roster since 2014 and is just 24 years old, she's certainly a veteran of the ring. Raised in a wrestling family, she was surrounded by the business for her entire life and made her wrestling debut at 13 years of age. She wasn't initially booked for the card, as she was still in her training phase. But after another female competitor backed out of the show, her father — who was the promoter of the show — asked Paige to take her place. It was in England where she took her first step towards stardom.
14 Xavier Woods Has A Famous Youtube Channel
If you're a fan of The New Day, you know that Xavier Woods has his own YouTube channel, as it's been promoted plenty of times on WWE television. Titled "UpUpDownDown," Woods showcases himself and a number of co-workers playing video games on the road before WWE shows. But even though you may know the name UpUpDownDown, do you know how popular the channel really is? In recent days, Woods surpassed the one million subscriber mark, a massive feat in the Youtube world. Whether it's because of the wide variety of guests — from Stephanie McMahon to Kenny Omega to David Frank from the Power Rangers — or the fun nature of the shows, the channel has been considered a success to all who have tuned in.
13 Brad Maddox — Paul Heyman Guy?
Brad Maddox's first major appearance with the WWE came at Hell in the Cell in 2012 when he posed as a referee, low-blowed Ryback, and help CM Punk retain his WWE Championship. After explaining his actions the following night on Raw, Vince McMahon gave him a chance to earn a WWE contract by competing — and losing — against a multitude of WWE superstars. In the weeks to follow, it was revealed that Paul Heyman hired Maddox as the guest referee to ensure that CM Punk remained the champion of the company. When thinking of Paul Heyman Guys, names like CM Punk, Brock Lesnar, Rob Van Dam, Tommy Dreamer, and The Dudley Boyz come to mind — it's safe to say his aura didn't rub off on Maddox.
12 Paige Is The Youngest WWE Divas Champion
When Paige made her WWE debut (we'll get to that a little later on the list), she interrupted AJ Lee, which prompted her to slap Paige and challenge her to a WWE Divas Championship match. Of course, Paige went on to capture the belt, making her the youngest WWE Divas Champion at 21 years of age. In addition to that feat, she not only was the first female ever to win the WWE Divas Championship in her debut match but is the only woman to ever hold the Divas Championship and NXT Women's Championship at the same time. Paige ended up dropping the title back to AJ Lee just three months later but her first title reign in the WWE was one that won't only be remembered for a long time but was historic as well.
11 Xavier Woods Is Working On Getting His PhD
When thinking of Xavier Woods, there are many things that come to mind — top-notch wrestler, entertainer, comedy act, video game expert, and trombone enthusiast are just the start of it. Potential doctor, however, isn't one of them. One thing that the WWE Universe may not know about Woods is that he's currently working on receiving his PhD in educational psychology, as he's enrolled in Capella University to do so. Being on the road for over 300 days per year and putting your body through tremendous pain is one thing. Maintaining a YouTube channel and making it successful is more on Woods' plate. But attempting to receive his PhD on top of it all? Now that's dedication — and by the looks of things, it wouldn't be a shock to see him earn that honor at some point in the future.
10 Brad Maddox Was The RAW General Manager For One Year
When you think of Brad Maddox and the WWE, nothing from his stint with the company truly stands out. Even his stint as General Manager flew under the radar — and with the way the company books their authority figures, one would think that wouldn't be the case. After working as an assistant under then-General Manager Vickie Guerrero, Maddox was appointed the role during the summer of 2013. During his time in charge of RAW, his biggest highlights were aligning and then feuding with Randy Orton, punishing The Big Show and Dolph Ziggler by putting them in matches with The Shield, and placing himself in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania XXX. Unsurprisingly, Maddox was fired from the job by The Authority after going against Triple H's orders.
9 Paige Is Currently Having A Movie Filmed About Her Life
Paige has been inactive with a Wellness Policy suspension and neck injury, but that doesn't mean she hasn't been in the news — and no, not only because her private pictures and videos were hacked. In a joint effort between WWE Studios and The Rock's Seven Bucks Production, a film titled, "Fighting With My Family" will be about Paige and her life with her parents are wrestling family. The movie is being directed by Stephen Merchant, stars Vince Vaughn, and even had a scene filmed after Monday Night RAW in front of a sold-out Staples Center. It's unlikely that this recent leak will have any affect on the filming of the movie — in fact, even though it doesn't have a release date, it may help bring in more eyeballs than expected.
8 Xavier Woods Teamed With R-Truth In WWE and TNA
A lot of fans don't remember the early days of Xavier Woods on the main roster — after all, outside of The New Day, he was hardly featured on television. When he was originally called up to the main roster, Woods immediately began to tag with R-Truth in a mentor-like pairing. For fans who think that was the first time the duo worked together, however, you're sorely mistaken. Back in 2007, Woods — who was working as Consequences Creed — replaced NFL player Adam "Pacman" Jones in a team with R-Truth — then known as Ron Killings — in TNA, soon using the name Truth and Consequences. Unfortunately, the duo failed to pick up tag team gold in either company — but it was an interesting bit of continuity between the rival brands.
7 Brad Maddox Was Fired For Cursing
When Maddox returned to the ring after his stint as GM, he failed to make much of an impact with the WWE. In his final year, he went through two name changes (Joshua Kingsley and Lord Ruffles), made a tag team with Adam Rose known as Beef Mode, and was largely relegated to Main Event, Superstars, and dark matches. Unfortunately for Maddox, it was during a dark match that resulted in his release. Before his match, he was cutting a heel promo in front of the audience, referring to them as "cocky pricks."
Vince McMahon was watching when the incident happened, and Maddox has confirmed that was the reason given to him when he was let go. Neither cocky nor pricks are necessarily bad words — since that was why he was fired, it seems like the WWE just needed an excuse to get Maddox out of his contract.
6 Paige Started A WWE Trend
Earlier on the countdown, it was mentioned how Paige won the WWE Divas Championship on her first night on the main roster. On top of being the first woman to win a title in her first match and being the youngest Divas Champion of all time, she also started a trend that night that continues to this day. The night that Paige made her debut was the Monday Night RAW after WrestleMania XXX, making it the first time a wrestler from the NXT roster was called up on that specific day.
Nowadays, the Monday after 'Mania is known for main roster debuts: after WrestleMania 31, the Lucha Dragons and Neville made their debuts while Apollo Crews and Enzo and Big Cass came out after WrestleMania 32. Many fans are expecting more debuts for the night after WrestleMania 33 — and they can thank Paige for starting the trend.
5 Xavier Woods Tagged With Kota Ibushi In New Japan
When you think of the wrestling career of Xavier Woods, both TNA and WWE come to mind. But before he made the jump from one company to the other, he spent some time in what many consider the second biggest wrestling promotion in the world — New Japan Pro Wrestling. Woods only wrestled in three matches with the company but did work with some big-time names. Using his Consequences Creed name, Woods teamed with international standout Kota Ibushi in the Super J Tag Tournament and also worked with Shinsuke Nakamura, Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, and Tomohiro Ishii in the J Sports Crown Openweight 6 Man Tag Tournament. Sure, Woods' time overseas was brief — but the fact that he worked with such big names in a world-renowned company is a success in and of itself.
4 Brad Maddox Was Tombstoned By The Undertaker On Jimmy Fallon
Even after Brad Maddox was released, he was still affiliated with the WWE — albeit, not officially under contract. On an early November evening, Jimmy Fallon was taking questions from his audience on "The Tonight Show." One fan asked to see The Undertaker hit a tombstone piledriver on a man dressed in a turkey outfit. When Fallon said it was too late of a notice, the famous gong went off, and The Undertaker made his first appearance on late-night television. The man wearing the turkey outfit that he tombstoned? Maddox. Sure, he was no longer under contract with the WWE — but that didn't stop Maddox from being hit with one of the most devastating maneuvers in wrestling history in front of a nation-wide audience.
3 Paige Was The First Ever NXT Women's Champion
Paige has done a lot in her brief tenure on the main roster. She did, however, accomplish just as much — if not more — in developmental. During her time in NXT, she was seen as the precursor to having legitimate female talents wrestle a style that's usually associated with men. Because of her looks, youth, and impressive in-ring ability, Paige went on to become the inaugural NXT Women's Champion, a title she won after defeating multiple female talents in a tournament.
Working against the likes of Natalya, Emma, and Summer Rae, amongst others, Paige was positioned as the top female that was on NXT's roster. Unfortunately, there was a picture that was a part of the leak that has fans thinking of Paige and the NXT Women's Championship differently...
2 Xavier Woods and Cody Rhodes — High School Rivals
On an episode of Talk is Jericho, Xavier Woods and Cody Rhodes spoke about their high school rivalry, one that included amateur wrestling and girls. Let Woods explain his issues.
"I guess it was sophomore year, my whole thought was, 'okay, first off, he's at a rival school, so our schools legit hated each other in football, baseball, basketball, wrestling, everything. And so, I was 160 [pounds] at the time," Woods told Jericho with Rhodes sitting nearby. "I think he was wrestling at 180 [pounds], maybe. And my thought was, 'okay, I'm going to wrestle up two weight classes and then I'm going to beat him and Dusty [Rhodes]'s is going to be there because Dusty would be at the matches and Dusty's going to say, 'oh, you're the best! I'm going to train you and make you the best wrestler ever.
"And so, I beat four guys on my team to get the varsity spot that year. And then I beat three guys in the tournament to get to Cody. And then, we wrestled, he beat me 2 - 1 and I was real upset."
1 Brad Maddox Said Xavier Woods Was His Favorite Co-Worker
Let's get to the best part. At this stage of the game, everyone knows of the video that was leaked that involved Paige, Xavier Woods, and Brad Maddox. While it was unfortunate that this entire incident took place, it was interesting to see the trio that was involved in the sexual acts — that is, of course, if you didn't read Brad Maddox's 'Ask Me Anything' that took place on Reddit. One user had asked Maddox who his favorite co-workers in the WWE were. Maddox responded, "My favorite was Xavier Woods. Bray and Bo are also two of the nicest guys in wrestling."
At first glance, seeing Woods and Maddox with the same girl was an odd visual to say the least. But now that everyone knows how close they were, I guess it wasn't too far-fetched after all...