NXT star Carmelo Hayes has shot down recent reports linking him with a role in an expanded Hurt Business faction.
One of the highlights of the quickly forgotten pandemic era in WWE was The Hurt Business group which consisted of Bobby Lashley, MVP, Shelton Benjamin, and Cedric Alexander. The group achieved in-ring success with Alexander and Benjamin holding the Raw Tag Team Title while at the same time, Lashley was WWE US Champion – but the group was not long for this world.
Before WrestleMania 37, Lashley attacked Benjamin and Alexander signalling their time in The Hurt Business was over, and bar a brief reunion later in 2021, the group has remained separate. However, MVP has recently brought Benjamin and Alexander back under his leadership but it still working on a resolution with Lashley who MVP turned his back on to side with Omos in the spring of 2022.
In the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer noted that WWE has discussed the possibility of adding former two-time NXT North American Carmelo Hayes to the group.
“It has been batted around the idea of Hayes in the Hurt Business with MVP, Benjamin, Alexander and Lashley. That was a discussion and not definite. But there has been talk of Hayes coming to the main roster. It probably wouldn’t happen until after April since Bron Breakker vs. Hayes looks to be the main event of the 4/1 NXT show in Los Angeles.”
Now, however, Carmelo Hayes has taken to social media to dispute that report and give it his own star rating:
“I rate the accuracy of this report… 1 star”
I rate the accuracy of this report…
1 star ⭐️ https://t.co/RrCeVQqxBq
— Carmelo Hayes (@Carmelo_WWE) February 17, 2023