|Birth name||Christian Brigham|
|Born||August 1, 1994|
Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Carmelo Hayes|
|Billed height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Billed weight||210 lb (95 kg)|
|Trained by||Brian Fury|
|Debut||April 12, 2014|
Christian Brigham (born August 1, 1994) is an American professional wrestler currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the NXT brand under the ring name Carmelo Hayes.
Hayes is a former one-time NXT Cruiserweight Champion and a former two-time NXT North American Champion, which he also has the longest combined reign for. Before signing with WWE, he performed on the independent circuit under the ring name Christian Casanova.
On January 23, 2015, Brigham made his professional wrestling debut in the independent promotion, Beyond Wrestling, teaming with Drew Mastone and Kevin Park in a six-man tag team match where they defeated 2Buff, Ace Romero, and Xavier Bell. During his time in Beyond, he won the Pride of New England Tournament for Tomorrow, where he defeated Kenn Doane, Alec Price, and Richard Holliday in the tournament's first round, semifinal, and final, respectively. In June of 2015 Brigham won Northeast Championship Wrestling's NCW New England Championship.
On March 17, 2016 Brigham won the Chaotic Wrestling New England Championship while working in Chaotic Wrestling. In December of 2017 while working in Lucky Pro Wrestling Brigham won the LPW Tag Team Championship with Evan Markopoulos winning it alongside him as his tag team partner. On March 16, 2018 as Christian Casanova Brigham won the Chaotic Wrestling Tag Team Championship alongside Tripilicious. On March 29, 2019 as Christian Casanova Brigham won the Chaotic Wrestling Heavyweight Championship for the first time and on August 30, 2019 Brigham won the Chaotic Wrestling Heavyweight Championship for the second time making him the Twelfth Triple Crown Champion in Chaotic Wrestling.
On December 21, 2019, he became the inaugural Northeast Wrestling New Live Wrestling Champion. Also in December of 2019 while working in Beyond Wrestling Brigham won the Pride of New England Tournament for Tomorrow of 2019. In December of 2020 while working in Liberty States Pro Wrestling Brigham won the Liberty States Heavyweight Championship. Afterwards in December of 2020 Brigham won the Limitless Wrestling World Championship and the Vacationland Cup of 2020 while working in Limitless Wrestling.
On February 12, 2021, Brigham signed a contract with WWE and was assigned to the WWE Performance Center. He would make his in-ring debut on the June 1 episode of NXT under the name Carmelo Hayes where he accepted Kushida's open challenge for the NXT Cruiserweight Championship, but was defeated. On the June 22 episode of NXT, Hayes had his second match, reminiscent of John Cena's SmackDown debut in 2002 against Kurt Angle, confronting and then facing Adam Cole in a losing effort.
On July 6, Hayes was announced to be a part of the 2021 NXT Breakout Tournament. On the July 27 episode of NXT, Hayes defeated Josh Briggs in the first round. He then went on to defeat Duke Hudson in the semifinals, before defeating Odyssey Jones in the finals to win the 2021 NXT Breakout Tournament. On the September 14 episode of NXT, Hayes and a debuting Trick Williams maliciously attacked Duke Hudson before his match, establishing themselves as a heel duo.
On the October 12 episode of NXT, Hayes successfully cashed in his Breakout Tournament contract on Isaiah "Swerve" Scott to win the NXT North American Championship. At the New Year's Evil special episode of NXT on January 4, 2022, Hayes defeated NXT Cruiserweight Champion Roderick Strong to unify the North American Championship and Cruiserweight Championship. The Cruiserweight Championship was immediately retired, with Hayes recognized as the final Cruiserweight Champion and continuing as North American Champion. At Stand & Deliver on April 2, Hayes lost the championship in a fatal five-way ladder match involving Santos Escobar, Solo Sikoa, Grayson Waller, and Cameron Grimes, who won the title, thus ending his reign at 172 days. Hayes would get his rematch in a triple threat match at Spring Breakin' on May 3 against Cameron Grimes and Solo Sikoa in a losing effort. At In Your House on June 4, Hayes defeated Cameron Grimes to regain the North American Championship. On the September 13 episode of NXT, Hayes was defeated by Solo Sikoa, losing the championship and ending his second reign at 101 days. After Sikoa was stripped of the title the following week, Hayes was announced as the first of five men to compete in a ladder match for the vacant title at Halloween Havoc. At the event on October 22, Hayes failed to regain the championship as the match was won by Wes Lee.