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WWE’s Carmelo Hayes Reflects on King of the Ring Defeat: I Didn’t Lose, I Just Didn’t Win

One Big Thing

Despite losing to Randy Orton in the King of the Ring quarter finals on SmackDown, Carmelo Hayes doesn’t feel like he lost, stating that he stood toe to toe with the 14-time world champion.

Key Points

  • Hayes lost to Cody Rhodes on the April 26 Draft special episode of SmackDown.
  • He scored his first main roster win against Baron Corbin in the King of the Ring first round on May 10.
  • Randy Orton defeated Hayes in the quarter finals on the May 17 SmackDown episode.

Hayes’ Perspective

In a WWE Digital Exclusive interview, Hayes expressed his view on the match:

“You want to talk about if I lost. You know what? The way I look at it, I didn’t lose. I just didn’t win. Look, Randy Orton, 14-time world champ, all the accolades in the world, but I stood toe to toe with him.”

Why It Matters

Hayes’ perspective showcases his confidence and determination, despite being new to the main roster. His competitive matches against top stars like Cody Rhodes and Randy Orton demonstrate his potential and future in WWE.

Looking Ahead

Hayes also mentioned his signing bonus hitting soon, and jokingly listed the things he might buy, such as a new chain, car, house, and jewelry for his girlfriend.

What do you think about Carmelo Hayes’ performance in the King of the Ring tournament? Do you see him as a future main event star in WWE? Leave a comment below!

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