Ex-Champ Warns Kevin Owens Before Historic SmackDown Showdown



by ATIA MUKHTAR

Ex-Champ Warns Kevin Owens Before Historic SmackDown Showdown
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In an exhilarating development on the WWE front, NXT sensation Carmelo Hayes is gearing up for a monumental clash with former WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens in the ongoing United States Championship tournament. This matchup is not just a test of strength and skill but also a collision of eras in the wrestling world.

Hayes, who has been rapidly ascending the WWE ranks, made a spectacular debut on the December 15 episode of SmackDown. In a riveting Round 1 match of the US title tournament, he showcased his exceptional prowess by defeating his former NXT adversary, Grayson Waller.

Hayes' signature move, the Nothing But Net leg drop, sealed his victory, marking an impressive start in the tournament.

Hayes: Confident and Ready

The WWE universe got an inside scoop when WWE correspondent Kayla Braxton caught up with Hayes on SmackDown Lowdown.

The former NXT Champion exuded confidence and readiness for the challenge posed by the seasoned Kevin Owens. In his interview, Hayes emphasized his fearlessness and determination, setting a tone of defiance against the veteran Owens.

Hayes expressed, "I'm glad I got to talk to Kevin for a second and just let him know that I'm not that guy. There's so many guys around here that probably walk on eggshells around Kevin Owens, but I'm not gonna be one of them.

I'm Carmelo Hayes. I am a former NXT Champion just like Kevin Owens. And on top of that, I am HIM. One thing I won't do is bow down or back down from anybody." Meanwhile, Kevin Owens, despite nursing an injury, showcased his indomitable spirit by securing a victory over Austin Theory.

This win propelled Owens into the semi-finals of the tournament, setting the stage for the much-anticipated face-off with Hayes. After Owens' triumphant match, a backstage encounter between him and Hayes revealed a mix of mutual respect and competitive spirit.

Hayes acknowledged Owens' prowess but made it clear that he was a formidable contender, not easily subdued. As the tournament progresses, the WWE universe is also keenly observing the other bracket where the dominant Bobby Lashley is set to face Santos Escobar for a spot in the finals.

This tournament is more than just a quest for the title; it's a battle of legacy, determination, and heart. With such dynamic matchups, fans are eagerly awaiting to see who will rise as the final challenger to confront Logan Paul for the coveted United States Championship.

This tournament is shaping up to be a landmark event in WWE history, promising high-octane action and unforgettable moments.

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