WWE has thrown an NXT curveball into the ongoing WWE United States Championship No. 1 Contender Tournament on SmackDown.

Last Friday, Bobby Lashley powered his way to victory against Karrion Kross, while Santos Escobar secured a hard-fought win over Dragon Lee, both advancing to the next round of the tournament. The excitement doesn’t end there, as next week, the other side of the bracket promises even more action. Austin Theory is set to collide with the resilient Kevin Owens, and the enigmatic Grayson Waller will face off against a mystery NXT Superstar.

However, the mystery didn’t last long. Wrestling legend Shawn Michaels took to the screen on Sunday, revealing that former NXT World Champion Carmelo Hayes will be the surprise opponent for Grayson Waller on the upcoming WWE on FOX show.

This shocking revelation has fans buzzing with anticipation, wondering if Carmelo Hayes can make a splash on SmackDown and potentially earn a shot at the coveted WWE United States Championship.


As the WWE Universe eagerly awaits this exciting NXT invasion on SmackDown, make sure to mark your calendars for what promises to be a memorable showdown between Carmelo Hayes and Grayson Waller. Stay tuned to Ringside News for all the high-stakes action as this tournament unfolds.

Steve Carrier

Steve is the Founder of RingsideNews. He has been writing about professional wrestling since 1996. He first got into website development at the time and has been focusing on bringing his readers the best professional wrestling news at it's highest quality.

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