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Carmelo Hayes on Pinning Randy Orton: Backstage Buzz and Career Boost

One big thing: Carmelo Hayes’ star is rising after pinning Randy Orton

Carmelo Hayes, WWE’s rising star, is experiencing a significant career boost after his surprise victory over Randy Orton on SmackDown.

The details:

• Hayes pinned Orton in a triple threat match on June 21st, qualifying for the Money in the Bank ladder match.
• The win came shortly after Hayes’ transition from NXT to SmackDown during the 2024 WWE Draft.
• Hayes noted a positive shift in how people perceive him backstage and among fans.

What they’re saying:

Hayes told Sportskeeda Wrestling: “A lot of people are looking at me differently now, in a good way. A lot of people on the outside are giving me more credibility and respect, as they should.”

Why it matters:

This victory marks a significant milestone in Hayes’ career, potentially positioning him as a future top star in WWE. Pinning a legend like Orton signals WWE’s confidence in Hayes and could lead to more high-profile opportunities.

The bigger picture:

• Hayes’ success demonstrates WWE’s commitment to elevating new talent.
• The win adds intrigue to the upcoming Money in the Bank event in Toronto.
• It may signal a shift in WWE’s storytelling, with newer stars getting more prominent roles.

What to watch:

• Hayes’ performance in the Money in the Bank ladder match.
• Potential follow-up encounters between Hayes and Orton.
• How WWE continues to position Hayes on SmackDown.

Do you think Carmelo Hayes has what it takes to become the next big star in WWE? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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