WWE SmackDown last week saw Austin Theory take on Carmelo Hayes, but their match did not end as expected. It was ended early, and there were a few people who were worried about how it all went down. Now, it appears that Carmelo may not be 100% just yet.

Tonight’s episode of NXT on the USA Network boasts a loaded card, with various matchups, including a match with Carmelo Hayes booked. That being said, there is no guarantee he will be there to team with Trick Williams.

Concerns are present due to Carmelo Hayes’ recent match on SmackDown against Austin Theory, where an unfortunate move resulted in Theory landing on his head while Hayes also experienced an awkward landing.

Theory is currently in medical protocol, and Dave Meltzer said on Wrestling Observer Radio that Carmelo Hayes is questionable for this week’s NXT.


“So Hayes, as of today, was questionable for that match. Yeah, I mean, they weren’t sure one way or the other if he was going to be able to do it,” Meltzer stated.

We will have to see how Carmelo Hayes is able to do when it comes to his recovery. Obviously, he has a ton of fans pulling for him.

We will have full coverage of WWE NXT tonight here at Ringside News. Keep checking back for constant updates. You never know when an update about Carmelo Hayes may come along.

WWE NXT January 16th, 2024 Lineup:

  • Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic First Round Match: Latino World Order (Joaquin Wilde & Cruz Del Toro) vs. Chase U (Duke Hudson & Riley Osborne)
  • Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic First Round Match: Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams vs. Edris Enofe & Malik Blade
  • Lyra Valkyria & Tatum Paxley vs. Lola Vice & Elektra Lopez
  • Joe Coffey vs. Ridge Holland
  • NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender Battle Royal
  • Obe Femi will address fans

What’s your take on Carmelo Hayes missing time from NXT? Let us know what you think in the comments section!

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