Christian Brigham is a 27-year-old professional wrestler from Worcester, Massachusetts. He is currently signed with WWE and performs on NXT under the ring name, Carmelo Hayes, and he is the NXT North American Champion.
Brigham began wrestling in 2014 and performed for various promotions including Beyond Wrestling, Chaotic Wrestling, Liberty States Wrestling, Limitless Wrestling, Lucky Pro Wrestling, Northeast Championship Wrestling, and Northeast Wrestling.
Brigham Signs with WWE
On February 12, 2021, Christian Brigham signed a contract with WWE and was assigned to the WWE Performance Center. He made his in-ring debut on the June 1st episode of NXT under the name Carmelo Hayes. At his debut, Hayes accepted Kushida‘s open challenge for the NXT Cruiserweight Championship but lost. On the June 22nd episode of NXT, Hayes had his second match on NXT, where he confronted and fought Adam Cole but was defeated.
On July 6, WWE announced that Hayes would be a part of the 2021 NXT Breakout Tournament. In the first round of the tournament, on the July 27 episode of NXT, Hayes defeated Josh Briggs in the first round. He then went on to defeat Duke Hudson in the semi-finals on the August 17 episode. He then defeated Odyssey Jones on the August 24th episode to win the 2021 NXT Breakout Tournament. On the September 14th episode of NXT, Hayes and a debuting Trick Williams attacked Duke Hudson before his match, establishing themselves as a heel duo.
Carmelo Hayes Wins Tournament & NXT North American Title
On the October 12th episode of NXT 2.0, Hayes successfully cashed in his Breakout Tournament contract on Isaiah Swerve Scott and won the NXT North American Championship.
Career Championships & Accomplishments
- Beyond Wrestling
- Pride of New England Tournament for Tomorrow
- Chaotic Wrestling
- CW Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
- Chaotic Wrestling New England Championship (1 time)
- Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- Liberty States Pro Wrestling
- Liberty States Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Limitless Wrestling
- Limitless Wrestling World Championship (1 time)
- Vacationland Cup (2020)
- Lucky Pro Wrestling
- LPW Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- Northeast Championship Wrestling
- NCW New England Championship (1 time)
- Northeast Wrestling
- NEW Live Championship (1 time)
- World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
- NXT North American Championship (1 time, current)
- NXT Breakout Tournament (2021)