2021 NXT Breakout Tournament Winner
Carmelo Hayes: Bio
The high-flying and flashy Carmelo Hayes is wasting little time taking NXT by storm.
Debuting in June of 2021, the dynamic Hayes hit NXT with strong efforts against the very best, including Adam Cole and then-NXT Cruiserweight Championship Kushida. Through it all, Hayes never considered himself the underdog, but rather the “overdog” with a consistent confidence that he was just that good.
Hayes’ faith in himself would pay off when he outlasted seven other hungry up-and-comers to win the NXT Breakout Tournament in August of 2021 with a victory in the finals over 400-pound phenomenon Odyssey Jones.
With the notable tournament triumph, Hayes earned a title opportunity and put the entire locker room on notice by cementing himself as NXT’s next big thing.