A top NXT prospect has tasted defeat for the first time in an WWE ring.
Throughout the month of September, WWE screened a string of vignette’s on NXT television featuring a mysterious figure sitting in the dark watching tv clips that included footage of the Cincinatti Bengals training camp and Jim Ross welcoming viewers to WCW Saturday Night.
The clips were obvious references to former WCW star ‘Flyin’ Brian Pillman, who played American Football with his home town Bengals before embarking upon a career in professional wrestling.
Pillman’s son, Brian Pillman Jr, had seen his AEW contract expire in July and excitement soon began to build amongst fans about his imminent WWE return.
Pillman Jr appeared on the 10th October edition of NXT and declared that he would now be known as Lexis King, a nod to both the Step-Father who helped raise him and his late sister.
King made his televised NXT in-ring debut against Dante Chen at Halloween Havoc on October 24th, making short work of his opponent to score the victory in less than five minutes.
NXT Star Carmelo Hayes Hands Top Prospect First NXT Loss
With five further victories under his belt heading into an NXT Live Event on Friday 10th November, King had enjoyed a successful start to his NXT career but came up short in his toughest bout to date at the non-televised show in Lakeland, Florida.
King had been involved in a confrontation with former NXT Champion Carmelo Hayes on the 7th November edition of NXT and the pair met at the Live Event in Florida, with Hayes taking the victory to hand King his first defeat since joining the company.