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Wrestling news: NXT’s Damian Priest gets first big WWE shot

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WWE's Damian Priest (Luis Martinez) makes his entrance on NXT

Damian Priest: ’I’ve Worked Very Hard to Become Something Special’

Damian Priest is ready for the most significant opportunity in his NXT career.

Wednesday night’s live NXT show is headlined by a Fatal 4-Way match between Keith Lee, Dominik Dijakovic, Cameron Grimes and Priest, with the winner receiving a shot at Roderick Strong’s North American Championship.

The match means more than a shot at a title. Priest is being handed an opportunity to showcase his abilities on the USA Network as NXT aims to prove it is better than the alternative AEW Dynamite airing at the same time.

If you are unfamiliar with Priest’s work in wrestling, you’re not alone. Though he has wrestled since 2004, and, at 37, is the oldest performer in the 4-way, he is by far the least recognizable. Keith Lee tore up the indie scene and headlined for EVOLVE, while Dijakovic helped secure his status with outstanding performances at the highly-touted PWG indie shows. Cameron Grimes was another PWG all-star, as well as a mainstay of CWF Mid-Atlantic, one of the most significant regions in the indie scene. While Priest had a run in Ring of Honor as Punishment Martinez, even briefly wearing the Television title, he rarely cut promos and it was even more rare that he had prolonged stretches to show off his ability in the ring.



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