Carmelo Hayes recently bid farewell to WWE’s developmental territory, NXT after his loss to Trick Williams, marking the end of his stint. However, his journey took a promising turn as he was selected as the first-round draft pick for SmackDown during the 2024 WWE Draft last week.

Making an immediate impact on his debut night, Hayes wasted no time in challenging the Undisputed WWE Champion, Cody Rhodes, to a high-stakes match. Rhodes accepted the challenge, setting the stage for a thrilling main event that captivated the WWE Universe.

Despite coming up short against Rhodes, Hayes showcased his athleticism, technical prowess, and undeniable charisma throughout the match. While Rhodes secured the victory with his signature Cross Rhodes maneuver, Hayes left a lasting impression, earning praise for his performance and declaring that he was destined for greatness.

The former NXT Champion continued to make headlines on tonight’s edition of SmackDown in Lyon, France during a backstage segment with GM Nick Aldis by declaring himself for the upcoming King of the Ring tournament set to begin soon and culminate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia at WWE PLE, King and Queen of the Ring.


As Carmelo Hayes prepares to embark on his journey as a SmackDown star and now eyeing the crown of The King, fans eagerly anticipate witnessing his continued growth and success in the WWE.

What are your thoughts on Carmelo Hayes declaring himself for the King of the Ring tournament? Sound off in the comments!

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