Damian Priest has made a good ride since being called to the main roster last year, quickly becoming one of Raw's most recognizable faces. He held the US title for over 150 days, after snatching it from Sheamus' hands at SummerSlam.
In the episode of the red show that aired this week, Priest suffered his first clear defeat since his debut on the main roster. Kevin Owens literally wiped him out in general dismay. Damian will be taking part in the Royal Rumble match at the end of this month and could play the role of luxury outsider.
In last year's edition, he had lasted 15 minutes in the ring, managing to eliminate four superstars. It is almost certain that his feud with 'KO' will continue at Elimination Chamber, which will take place for the first time in Saudi Arabia.
In the traditional 'Legion of RAW' episode on Sportskeeda, former WWE and WCW writer Vince Russo expressed his judgment on Damian Priest.
Vince Russo on Damian Priest
“I don't quite understand where WWE is headed with Damian Priest.
The risk is that fans no longer see him as an attractive character, which would be a real shame. The company should make his talent stand out more clearly. Otherwise, Damian could get burned even before reaching the peak of his career" - analyzed Vince Russo.
The latter also spoke of Mickie James’s imminent return to WWE: “Knowing Vince McMahon well, I doubt his intention is to sign deals with other wrestling federations. I think the reason for Mickie's return to WWE has particular roots.
I think he has something to do with how they treated her when he was released. Do you remember the story of the infamous garbage bag that his stuff was put in? It was really bad behavior and WWE wants to forgive her. I think this is the logic behind such a strange move." It was an exciting battle as both men shared great chemistry inside the ring.
During the match's closing moments, Owens was shown favoring his left hamstring and even requested a trainer to check on it. However, it was a master plan by the former Universal Champion as he lured in Priest and hit the Stunner to get the win.
KO became the first man to pin Priest in singles competition on RAW in the process. The win comes right after Owens declared himself an entrant for the 2022 Men's Royal Rumble. This might lead some to assume that Priest won't put the US Title on the line at the Royal Rumble. Instead, he is more likely to participate in the Men's Rumble match.