WWE’s Carmelo Hayes reveals instant reaction to Logan Paul recreating his jaw dropping Ricochet move


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WWE superstar Carmelo Hayes has admitted he ‘doesn’t blame’ Logan Paul and Ricochet for recreating one of his memorable moments when they clashed at the Royal Rumble.

The rising star, who will fight NXT Champion Bron Breakker for the gold at Stand & Deliver on Saturday evening, left fans stunned when he and Ricochet collided in midair during a barnstormer of a match at Worlds Collide last year.

He exclusively told Metro.co.uk: ‘It was a crazy moment. I just remember feeling afterwards, just feeling so happy with that performance.

‘Ricochet’s a great talent and he’s one of the best in the world. I think I had to prove to a lot of people that I could hang with the best in the world.’

He admitted the bout is ‘one of [his] favourites’, while the other thought going through his head before the jaw dropping moment was simply: ‘Don’t miss!’

Ricochet ended up almost recreating the spot with Logan at the Royal Rumble in January, as he and the social media star springboarded across the ring in the same way.

Carmelo Hayes has laughed about Logan Paul’s big moment (Picture: WWE/Getty)

Carmelo joked that something looked familiar (Picture: WWE)

‘I knew it was gonna happen, I saw them eyeing each other. I said, “That looked familiar,”‘ Melo laughed.

‘But they did it differently, and I don’t blame them because that’s Logan Paul and he’s super athletic. Credit to both them, I was just playing. I always give Ricochet crap.’

The NXT star has plenty of support from the fans, and he’s already looking forward to tangling with the likes of Logan himself when Carmelo rises up the ranks on Raw and SmackDown.

‘I do, I definitely do,’ he said when it comes to letting himself dwell on such dream matches. ‘I think the fans do more than I do. A lot of times, people fantasy book me in matches and stuff like that.

He loved his match with Ricochet (Picture: WWE)

‘I know confidently that those will happen down the round, so I think right now I’m just so focused on what’s on my plate now. We’ll get there when we get there!’

And despite his confidence on screen and justified buzz around his talents, Carmelo admitted he does feel ‘pressure’ every time he steps in the ring.

‘The pressure that I feel isn’t even as much pressure as I normally put on myself. I’m used to this type of pressure, ’cause it’s the same pressure that I’m always putting on myself to perform,’ he said before his huge match with Bron.

However, he explained: ‘I don’t let the moment swallow me. What I mean by that is there’s so much going on around me, this type of stuff [interviews].

‘But I understand the bigger picture, I understand the most important thing is the most important thing, which the match against Bronn Breaker and that’s where my main focus is. I try not to get lost in these things.’

He added: ‘I feel so amazing, I really do. I’m so locked in, I’ve been locked in since before we got on the flight, I’ve been locked in for about a month now so I’m ready to just finally go out and do what I do best.’

NXT Stand & Deliver airs Saturday, April 1 at 6pm live on the WWE Network.

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