Josh “The Goods” Woods discusses his interest in forensics and cooking, his mentor Silas Young’s best and worst qualities, and more.
1. What’s the best advice you’ve been given about the wrestling business and who gave it to you?
[Former ROH star] Adam Pearce said to me in regards to how a match went, “It’s never as good as you think and never as bad as you think.” As an athlete we are our own worst critic, and me especially, I tend to look for the bad stuff and overthink how something went. So Adam, who I spent a lot of time with in NXT, really helped shape who I am today.
2. If you hadn’t gone into pro wrestling, what would you be doing for a living?
I most likely would have stuck with MMA/fighting. I really enjoyed it and had spent so much time in developing that certain skill set, it would be a shame to not utilize the time and effort.
3. What’s a subject you’d like to know more about?
Forensics. I touched base on it and I found it to be really interesting. Crime scene investigation, blood splatter, DNA analysis, and things of that nature.
4. What’s on your bucket list?
My No. 1 thing is to travel and also compete in Japan. I love the culture, I’ve seen the fans, and now I want to live it. I’m a huge fan of trying new foods, and to experience all the rich options that Japan has to offer would be a dream come true.
5. Do you have any hidden talents?
Cooking. I can cook really well. And I enjoy it. I hate doing dishes, though, so that’s my downfall. “Epic Meal Time” is an over-the-top cooking show that got headway on YouTube and I used to watch it every Tuesday with one of my teammates in college. That was my inspiration to get into some culinary adventures.
6. What’s something popular that you just don’t see the appeal of?
This is bad: Holidays. I’m not a real big fan of holidays. From Halloween, to Valentine’s Day (sorry ladies), all the way to Christmas. I never had bad experiences with any of them, just never really bought into the hype.
7. Are you planning on competing in more Brazilian jiu-jitsu matches soon?
Actually, yeah. My best friend and coach, Seth Petruzelli, is getting ready for a competition and I’m going to help prep him for it, so I may get on the card, but nothing is set in stone yet.
8. What is Silas Young’s best quality?
Ha. He has a lot of them, actually. Aside from his knowledge of the sport, Silas is a really funny guy. He tries to keep this rough and tough facade, but I’m wearing him down. He is definitely patient because I blow his phone up almost every day. It is a wonder he hasn’t blocked me yet.
9. What is Silas Young’s worst quality?
I guess that he is super grumpy a lot. Almost always like he is in a bad mood but for no reason.
10. Why do you think you and Silas have become so successful as a team so quickly?
Good question. I think the contrast in attitudes and style. I had a lot of skill and potential before Silas wanted to help me. With his guidance, I’ve been able to tap into that and found a way to capitalize on what I had already been doing. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes, not just with wrestling, that he has helped me with, and that relationship translates with our body of work. As cliche as it sounds, we have a really good natural chemistry.