Solo Sikoa made a shocking return to NXT 2.0 this week and challenged Carmelo Hayes for the NXT North American Championship. The Street Champion finally put his rivalry with the A-Champ to rest by beating him for the title in the main event of the one-year anniversary episode of NXT 2.0. WWE announcer Corey Graves recently said that Solo Sikoa won’t be given any preferential treatment backstage or on the road despite his relationship to Roman Reigns and the Usos.

On the “After the Bell” podcast, Graves discussed a conversation he had with Jimmy and Jey Uso in the airport about their brother’s recent debut. The Bloodline takes this so seriously that he is paying his dues on a new level. They are taking great effort to ensure that he values this chance and succeeds in his new position.

I’m waiting for my flight and I’m having a conversation with the Usos about Solo and how they’re making him do this … ‘the right way, the hard way,’ even though he is the newest member of the most dominant faction in WWE. He wasn’t traveling with the Usos. I saw him after Clash at the Castle, he was on the bus with myself and the ‘un-cool kids.’

He is paying his dues on a different level because the Bloodline takes this so seriously. They are taking such care to make sure that he respects this opportunity that he has, and that he excels in this role. They’re keeping him honest, which I think only will make Solo more hungry and will keep Solo on that straight and narrow path that he needs to really achieve mega-stardom, because he’s going to savor every success rather than just having it all thrust upon him because he showed up in such a ‘sexy’ position.

Sikoa joined the company in August 2021 and made his “NXT” debut at the “Halloween Havoc” special the previous year. Since then, he has defeated opponents like Von Wagner, JD McDonagh, and Roderick Strong on the developing brand.

Earlier this month, Sikoa competed at WWE Clash at the Castle, where he joined his relatives in The Bloodline officially and then defeated Carmelo Hayes to win the “NXT” North American Championship. Let’s see what’s in store for Sikoa in the future.

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