Carmelo Hayes’ NXT Debut, John Cena Reference, Karrion Kross Attacks Johnny Gargano


Carmelo Hayes made his debut on Tuesday’s NXT and decided to channel some “Ruthless Aggression” into his character. Many may recall back in 2002 when John Cena debuted in WWE that he used that same term when battling Kurt Angle on SmackDown, in spite of the loss (see below).

Hayes came out and confronted Adam Cole. Despite Hayes challenging Cole to a match, Cole decided that he didn’t want to wrestle tonight as directed by NXT General Manager William Regal. Cole asked Hayes what made him think he could change Cole’s mind, and Hayes says “Ruthless Aggression!” before slapping Cole.

Despite the back-and-forth match, Cole would defeat with the Panama Sunrise. You can check out the highlights below.

We also saw NXT Champion Karrion Kross attack Johnny Gargano after Gargano and Austin Theory defeated Pete Dunne and Oney Larcan in tag action. Kross attacked after Gargano cut a promo earlier in the night saying that he showed Kross up during the Fatal Five-Way match at NXT Takeover: In Your House and and then said he should get the next NXT Championship match.

You can check out some highlights from this segment below:

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