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Carmelo Hayes ready to show he’s the future of WWE: ‘It’s time to kill him’

If you think you’ve seen the best of Carmelo Hayes, he’ll be happy to let you know you’re wrong.

“It’s not even my final form,” Hayes told USA TODAY Sports.

He’s done almost everything a star could do in WWE’s developmental brand, NXT; he won the NXT Championship, was a two-time North American Champion, and main evented Stand and Deliver 2024 alongside Trick Williams, becoming the first time two black men main evented a NXT premium live event.

All the accolades prove why it was a no-brainer for him to be a first-round pick in the 2024 WWE Draft. Not only did it put him on SmackDown and officially elevate him to the main roster, but he also became the first NXT star to be a first-round pick in draft history. Now he says he’s ready to show why he’s wrestling’s next big star as WWE enters a new era under the leadership of Paul “Triple H” Levesque.