What did Carmelo Hayes think about his two-out-of-three falls match against Apollo Crews over the weekend?
The WWE NXT Superstar recently appeared as a guest on Busted Open Radio for an interview, during which he gave his in-depth thoughts on the bout from the NXT Vengeance Day 2023 special event.
Featured below are some of the highlights.
On how he feels like there were things he could have done better in the match: “The experience was great. Maybe I’m a perfectionist in my work, but I feel like there were things I could’ve done better. Just the connection I felt with the crowd, there were certain things I could have done different or I could have done better. That was my takeaway, but I’m glad it was received well. There was a lot of pressure going into it because Shawn (Michaels) had said, ‘you’re gonna steal the show.’ The expectations were already high and I’m glad we met his expectations.”
On how they could have put the 2-out-of-3 falls stipulation over a little better: “I feel we could have put the stipulation of the match over better. An issue, in my mind, is that a lot of people are so programmed to see one fall, one fall, and then go to a third. I don’t think people were expecting I was going to to get the two falls. As I’m listening to the crowd, I’m thinking, ‘they’re about ready for an Apollo fall at this point.’ I felt like there were those down moments where they weren’t coming because they were like, ‘when is Apollo going to get his falls so we can really get cooking here.’ That’s just from a professional standpoint as far as being in there and being involved. I was happy with it. Apollo and I worked hard, we definitely worked hard. I thought all of our stuff was good, but I’m ready to get back out, do it again, and go up that.”
Check out the complete interview at SiriusXM.com. H/T to Fightful.com for transcribing the above quotes.