Exclusive: NXT’s Carmelo Hayes says he’s ‘not in a rush’ to go to WWE main roster

Carmelo Hayes is set to compete in NXT’s first-ever Iron Survivor Challenge at Deadline on Saturday (December 10), with the winner of the five-way match getting a shot at Bron Breakker’s NXT Championship.

It’s a big opportunity for Hayes who only arrived in NXT in June 2021 but has so far won the inaugural Breakout Tournament and captured the North American Championship twice.

But Hayes has made such a big impression on WWE fans that many are clamouring for him to be moved to Raw or SmackDown.

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Speaking exclusively to Digital Spy, Hayes described what it’s like to see fans wanting him to move on from NXT to the main roster.

“It’s weird because I feel like, I want people to enjoy what I’m doing,” Hayes said.

“I don’t want people to try and fast track me because that’s going to be there for me. It’s not going anywhere, the main roster. But it’s great that people are excited.

“People want to see certain matchups with me and guys on the main roster and I want to too, trust me.

“If they said tomorrow, ‘Carmelo, go to Raw, go to SmackDown,’ I’d be ready. But I feel like I have unfinished business in NXT, which is the NXT Championship,” he added.

“Give me that title so I can prove that everything that I’ve been saying for the last year is true. So I’m not in a rush to get there but if they call me up tomorrow, then that’s what it is.”

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