WWE NXT Champion, Carmelo Hayes, encountered an unexpected setback during the latest episode of NXT when he teamed up with former NXT North American Champion, Wes Lee, for a tag team match.
The tension between Hayes and Lee had been brewing backstage, with Lee expressing his frustrations over recent losses and his former title. Hayes, however, urged him to abandon self-pity, igniting anger in Lee, who felt he was now struggling for every inch and fighting for his wrestling life.
During their heated exchange, the Meta-Four duo, Noam Dar and Oro Mensah, made an appearance, with Dar flaunting his WWE NXT Heritage Cup. Lee disputed its legitimacy, claiming Nathan Fraser was the rightful holder. The confrontation escalated into a backstage brawl, leading to a tag team match being set up between the Meta-Four members and Carmelo Hayes and Wes Lee.
Surprisingly, Hayes and Lee worked remarkably well together during the match. Just as it seemed they were about to secure the victory, an unfortunate accidental Cardiac Kick from Lee to Hayes provided an opening for Noam Dar to capitalize and secure the win for the Meta-Four by pinning Wes Lee.
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The aftermath of the match saw tensions flaring between Hayes and Lee as they argued over the defeat. This marks the second loss for Hayes in less than a month, the first being against Judgment Day in a previous episode of WWE NXT.
The outcome of this match and the discord between Hayes and Lee leave fans curious about the future direction of these competitors. As the upcoming weeks unfold, the WWE Universe awaits to witness how this story will develop and how it will impact their respective paths in NXT.