Carmelo Hayes Tells Story Behind Getting To Work With Seth Rollins, Finn Balor

When Carmelo Hayes’ shoots …

… he doesn’t miss!

On Wednesday, he didn’t miss his scheduled shot on WWE’s The Bump, appearing for an in-depth interview, where the NXT World Champion spoke about getting to work with Seth “Freakin'” Rollins and Finn Balor in recent works.

Featured below are some of the highlights.

On how the opportunity to work with both men came out of nowhere: “It just feels like something that came out of nowhere. I expected to definitely Seth down the road. But because it’s happening now with me in NXT, I definitely expected, down the road, I was gonna see him at some point, work my way up the ranks. But to be able to associate myself with the World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins so soon has been an honor and a privilege. It’s been an honor more than anything to be able to work with Seth.”

On striving to become the type of performer that Seth “Freakin'” Rollins is: “It was a cool co-sign, man. I’ve said in so many interviews how much I look up to a guy like Seth, and how I aspire to be a champion like Seth and to be a performer like Seth. He’s the workhorse of today’s generation, and to be in the same conversation as him, my name in the same conversation, it’s a huge upside for me and for my career. I appreciate Seth so much and everything that he’s done for us.”

On his match with Finn Balor: “He might be one of the greatest NXT Champions of all time, and then Seth being the very first, so just the fact that I got to get in the ring, again, it’s wild because I assumed it was gonna be a lot further down the road that I was gonna be able to mix it up with these guys. So it really was, like you said earlier about getting thrown in the deep end, and to be in there with Finn Balor, incredible performer with so many accolades. People are talking about the loss and this and that, but at the end of the day, it’s Finn Balor. He’s got a World Heavyweight Championship shot in less than a week. I gave my best efforts, and give me a couple more years, give me a couple more months, and let’s crack at it again and we’ll see, maybe the outcome will be different. But as of right now, it was Finn Balor‘s night. It wasn’t my night, but I picked up the win last night, and everything is even.”

Check out the complete interview via the YouTube player embedded below. H/T to for transcribing the above quotes.