The man formerly known as Brian Pillman Jr. has made his televised debut in NXT as Lexis King.
Brian Pillman Jr. began appearing on NXT television in vignettes recently where he was seen watching footage of his late father, the WCW and WWE star Brian Pillman. Rather than want to follow in his father’s footsteps, however, Pillman Jr. told viewers that he wanted nothing to do with his dad or his legacy and would instead be taking the surname of the man who raised him – King.
The second-generation star then told fans that he’d be taking the first name of Lexis in tribute to his sister Alexis who passed away in 2009.
After competing on a couple of live events in his new home of NXT, King made his in-ring televised debut for the brand on the first night of Halloween Havoc.
Lexis King puts NXT on notice
Lexis King made his entrance on a throne before telling the camera “Brian Pillman is dead, long live Lexis King.” Despite King’s desire to break from his father, there were tributes to the Loose Cannon as King wore a kneepad bearing the logo of the Four Horseman that Pillman used during his stint in ECW.
King took on Dante Chen at Halloween Havoc and put his opponent away in relatively short order, finishing Chen off with a version of the hangman’s neckbreaker that his father also used for a time.
Elsewhere on the show, two huge title matches took place with new NXT Tag Team Champions crowned and Becky Lynch putting the NXT Women’s Title on the line against Lyra Valkyria.