October 31, 2023

Earlier this month, at the end of NXT's October 10th broadcast, Carmelo Hayes and The Undertaker had an iconic moment post-match, with Hayes standing tall with Big Evil. If you missed it, check it out.

During our recent conversation with Hayes ahead of his NXT Championship bout against Ilja Dragunov tonight on NXT Halloween Havoc, we asked about that moment, and 'Melo kept it a buck, revealing that none of it was planned.

"I remember doing the whole thing with Taker," Hayes began. "I didn’t know that was going to happen. I was just following him back. I didn’t know what we were doing. I’m just standing there like, ‘Undertaker,’ and we’re off-air, and I’m just kind of following him around like a lost puppy. 

"Then he’s telling me," Hayes continued, "‘Wait.’ I go, ‘Oh shoot.’ He’s like, ‘Alright, on three, turn back.’ I’m thinking, okay. Turn back. ‘Alright, back.’ Turn back. ‘Alright. When the music drops. Throw up the arm.’ I was like, ‘Oh shit.’ One, two, three, boom. Then he’s like, ‘Alright, let’s go.’ I got to the back, I was like, ‘That was so freaking cool.’ He just patted me on the back. That’s where I finally let go of all that professionalism and allowed myself to really take it in. It took me three or four days to really soak all that in. 

"That was just amazing," Hayes shared, "but we gotta do a TV next Tuesday, so I’ll leave that be where that was and focus on what’s next."

You can check out our full conversation with Carmelo Hayes below.

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