In an unfolding storyline that excites WWE fans, a social media joke made by former NXT Champion Carmelo Hayes has taken an unforeseen turn into reality. The WWE star is now officially part of the tournament unfolding on SmackDown to determine the number one contender for the United States Championship.
The tournament has already seen significant action, with Bobby Lashley and Santos Escobar securing victories over Karrion Kross and Dragon Lee, respectively. The competitive field continues this week, as viewers anticipate a match between Kevin Owens and Austin Theory, and a bout featuring Grayson Waller against an NXT wildcard entrant.
Carmelo Hayes, who gained wide acclaim during his time in NXT, recently became the center of attention when he took to social media showcasing himself with the iconic ‘spinner’ version of the United States Championship. This image was initially dismissed as playful bravado, but the subsequent development proved otherwise. Following Hayes’s victory over Lexis King at NXT Deadline, Shawn Michaels confirmed Hayes’s involvement in the SmackDown tournament, setting the stage for a confrontation with Grayson Waller.
With an air of prophecy, Hayes commented on the remarkable transformation of his jest into an actual opportunity, saying, “I was just joking when I posted myself with the US spinner title, now I’m for real in the tournament. I don’t miss.” This sentiment reflects his undeniable drive and ambition as he prepares to make the most of this chance.
Adding to the intrigue, Hayes has also been implicated in a mystery attacker storyline on NXT, where speculation is rife about his possible involvement in the attack on Trick Williams. This narrative twist adds an extra layer of suspense for fans curious to see how these events will unfold both in and out of the ring.
Grayson Waller isn’t one to be left in the shadows either, as he shared his thoughts on the upcoming match with Hayes. The two are set to clash on this week’s edition of SmackDown in what promises to be an electrifying encounter.
As the tournament progresses, the spotlight is firmly on Carmelo Hayes as he steps into the SmackDown ring with determination to claim the United States Championship. With avid support and anticipation from his followers, this chapter in Hayes’s journey is one that promises to add yet another highlight to his already stellar career.
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