Carmelo Hayes and Trick Williams’ careers have been intertwined since the very beginning when they joined NXT. While Hayes is no longer on NXT now, he feels Trick Williams’ NXT Title win as like his own accomplishment as well.

Carmelo Hayes’ friendship with Trick Williams was one of the best things about NXT but he ultimately betrayed him at NXT Vengeance Day and after lot of drama, the two finally faced each other at NXT Stand & Deliver, where Williams won. The same thing happened on NXT afterwards. Williams would then follow it up by winning the NXT Championship after defeating Ilja Dragunov at NXT Spring Breakin’ last month.

On The Ringer Wrestling Show, Hayes shared his thoughts on Williams’ success, saying it felt like his own accomplishment, too. He expressed pride in mentoring Williams and seeing him achieve the top spot in NXT.

”Yeah, I think him (Trick Williams), the culmination of it all and him winning the NXT Title, it feels like an accomplishment for me as well. Just bringing him in early on and getting his feet wet and kind of helping him along the way and seeing him reach the top, you know what I mean? It was a very kind of proud moment in a way. Despite all the in-between and the this or that. It was a proud moment. It was just like, wow, who — not who would’ve thought… you can’t predict that it would’ve went that smooth. We both reached the pinnacle. Just us two dudes.


We had got just kind of thrown together and I’ve said it before, that’s what that was. It was kind of like, boom! Hey, let’s get these guys TV time and see what happens and you know, along the way, creatively, we were able to make things happen to sway ‘em that way and thankfully with my skill and the wrestling-wise, I was able to make things happen and reach the top and then, you know, help him up as well so I mean, like I said, it was just a very kind of poetic justice type moment of like, wow, who would’ve thought us two dudes dapping up, ‘Oh, you bout it-bout it?’ The beginning of the rainbow NXT, where everyone wanted to see us fail and here we go. These two dudes made history.”

Carmelo Hayes impressed everyone after his fight night on Friday Night SmackDown, where he squared off against Cody Rhodes. We’ll have to wait and see what’s next in store for the young WWE Superstar.

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