Damon Kemp
Kemp in 2024
Personal information
Full nameBobby Steveson
NationalityAmerican
Born (1999-03-20) March 20, 1999 (age 25)
Apple Valley, Minnesota, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Minnesota
Parent(s)Robert Steveson
Laticia Steveson
RelativeGable Steveson (brother)
Ring name(s)Damon Kemp
Billed height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Billed weight220 lb (100 kg)
Billed fromApple Valley, Minnesota
Trained byWWE Performance Center
DebutDecember 24, 2021
Sport
CountryUnited States
SportWrestling
EventFolkstyle
Bobby Steveson
Medal record
Collegiate wrestling
Representing the USA
NCAA Qualifier 2017
Two-time Letterwinner 2017, 2018
Open Tournament Wins Various
Gold medal – first place Cobber Open 2015
Gold medal – first place Buena Vista Open 2015
Silver medal – second place UNI Open 2015

Bobby Steveson (born March 20, 1999) is an American professional wrestler, known in his time in the WWE, where he performs on the NXT brand under the ring name Damon Kemp and is a member of the No Quarter Catch Crew stable. He is a former folkstyle wrestler who competed at the University of Minnesota. Steveson is the older brother of Olympic gold medalist Gable Steveson.

Early life and amateur wrestling career

Bobby Steveson was born and raised in Apple Valley, Minnesota to Robert and Laticia Steveson,[1] where he and his younger brother Gable attended Apple Valley High School. During his high school years, Steveson distinguished himself in wrestling, securing three state championship titles and achieving national recognition by winning junior folkstyle national championships in 2013 and 2014.[1]

Pursuing higher education at the University of Minnesota, Steveson continued his wrestling career. His collegiate achievements include qualifying for the NCAA championships in 2017[1] and earning letterwinner status in both 2017 and 2018.[1] Steveson also participated in open tournaments, winning at the Cobber Open and the Buena Vista Open in 2015,[1] and finishing as a runner-up at the UNI Open the same year.[1]

Professional wrestling career

See also: Diamond Mine (professional wrestling) and No Quarter Catch Crew

Steveson signed with WWE in August 2021 as part of a new class of recruits for the WWE Performance Center. He worked as Damon Kemp on the 205 Live, NXT 2.0 and NXT UK programs.[2][3] On May 10, 2022, Kemp was introduced by Roderick Strong as the newest member of Diamond Mine.[4] At Worlds Collide, Kemp was involved in a sequence where his interference led to the Creed Brothers not winning the NXT Tag Team Championship during a fatal four-way elimination tag team title unification match. Kemp used a steel chair against Julius Creed, which led to Pretty Deadly securing the victory, effectively departing Diamond Mine and turning heel. At NXT Halloween Havoc, Kemp lost to Julius Creed in the Ambulance match under the stipulation that if Julius loses, Brutus would have to leave NXT. On the August 8 episode of NXT, he assisted both Drew Gulak and Charlie Dempsey during their tag team match, officially joining No Quarter Catch Crew (NQCC). On the September 12 episode of NXT, Myles Borne joined the NQCC by turning on both Josh Briggs and Brooks Jensen during their six-man tag team match.[5]

On the February 27, 2024 edition of NXT, Dempsey defeated The Meta-Four's Noam Dar 2–1 in a British Rounds Rules match to become the new NXT Heritage Cup Champion.[6] At NXT: Roadblock, NQCC announced that the NXT Heritage Cup will be defended by the whole stable under the "Catch Clause".[7][8] Under the Catch Clause, NQCC as a whole referred to themselves as the NXT Heritage Cup Champions but WWE only recognize Dempsey as the official champion. On the April 16 episode of NXT, The D'Angelo Family leader Tony D'Angelo revealed that his Family were hired by NQCC to (kayfabe) eliminate Gulak. In reality, Gulak was written off following allegations from Ronda Rousey that Gulak grabbed her pants' drawstrings backstage in 2022. Gulak subsequently left WWE on May 3.[9][10] D'Angelo demanded payment for the job but NQCC refused, causing a brawl between the two factions[11] and resulting in a six-man tag team match between the two factions at Week 1 of Spring Breakin', which was won by The D'Angelo Family (D'Angelo, Channing "Stacks" Lorenzo and Luca Crusifino).[12] On the May 7 episode of NXT, Dempsey and Borne faced Tyson DuPont and Tyrek Igwe in a tag team match. Before the match started, the match referee was declared "unavailable" and Stacks was announced as the special guest referee, costing Dempsey and Borne the match through a fast count. After the match, an irate Dempsey gave D'Angelo a title shot at the NXT Heritage Cup as payment due to the D'Angelo Family and invoked the Catch Clause, which was nullified when D'Angelo and his Family kidnapped Kemp and Borne later that night. One week later, D'Angelo defeated Dempsey to win the Cup.[13][14] On the June 5 episode of NXT, Kemp faced D'Angelo in a rematch for the Cup but lost 2–0.[15]

On the June 25 episode of NXT, Tavion Heights defeated Kemp to officially join NQCC.[16]

On July 8, 2024 in his social media account X, announces his release of the WWE.

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Bobby Steveson - Wrestling". University of Minnesota Athletics. Retrieved 2024-02-19.
  2. ^ "Bobby Steveson Gets New Name Ahead Of NXT Debut". Wrestling Inc. November 10, 2021. Retrieved 2024-02-19.
  3. ^ "Damon Kemp". WWE. Retrieved 2024-02-19.
  4. ^ "Damon Kemp Introduced As Newest Member Of Diamond Mine On 5/10 NXT 2.0 | Fightful News". www.fightful.com. Retrieved 2024-02-20.
  5. ^ Joseph, Sunil (2022-09-14). "Former Diamond Mine member helps current WWE Superstars to retain their NXT tag team titles in Steel Cage Match". Sportskeeda. Retrieved 2024-02-20.
  6. ^ Moore, John (February 27, 2024). "NXT TV results (2/27): Moore's review of Ilja Dragunov and Carmelo Hayes meeting, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson vs. Edris Enofe and Malik Blade, Von Wagner vs. Lexis King, Kiana James vs. Kelani Jordan". Pro Wrestling Dot Net.
  7. ^ Moore, John (February 27, 2024). "NXT TV results (2/27): Moore's review of Ilja Dragunov and Carmelo Hayes meeting, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson vs. Edris Enofe and Malik Blade, Von Wagner vs. Lexis King, Kiana James vs. Kelani Jordan". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved February 28, 2024.
  8. ^ Powell, Jason (March 5, 2024). "NXT TV results (3/5): Moore's review of NXT Roadblock with Carmelo Hayes vs. Tony D'Angelo for a shot at the NXT Title, Kabuki Warriors vs. Lyra Valkyria and Tatum Paxley for the WWE Women's Tag Titles". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved March 6, 2024.
  9. ^ Gartland, Dan (April 17, 2024). "WWE Wrestler Drew Gulak Written Off TV After Investigation Into Complaint Brought by Ronda Rousey". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved April 23, 2024.
  10. ^ Aguilar, Matthew (May 3, 2024). "WWE NXT Releases Include Drew Gulak, Valentina Feroz, and More". ComicBook. Retrieved May 3, 2024.
  11. ^ Moore, John (April 16, 2024). "NXT TV results (4/16): Moore's review of Carmelo Hayes vs. Trick Williams in a steel cage match, Ridge Holland vs. Joaquin Wilde, Sol Ruca vs. Lola Vice, Noam Dar vs. Dijak". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved April 16, 2024.
  12. ^ "NXT Spring Breakin' 2024 Week One results". WWE. April 23, 2024. Retrieved April 24, 2024.
  13. ^ Moore, John (May 7, 2024). "NXT TV results (5/7): Moore's review of Roxanne Perez vs. Chelsea Green for the NXT Women's Title, Wes Lee vs. Josh Briggs, Karmen Petrovic vs. Shayna Baszler, Mia Yim vs. Arianna Grace". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved May 8, 2024.
  14. ^ Moore, John (May 14, 2024). "NXT TV results (5/14): Moore's review of Sol Ruca vs. Izzi Dame, and Ivy Nile vs. Lash Legend in NXT Women's NA Title qualifiers, Charlie Dempsey vs. Tony D'Angelo for the NXT Heritage Cup, Je'Von Evans vs. Noam Dar". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Archived from the original on May 15, 2024. Retrieved May 15, 2024.
  15. ^ Moore, John (June 4, 2024). "NXT TV results (6/4): Moore's review of TNA Knockouts Champion Jordynne Grace vs. Stevie Turner, Tony D'Angelo vs. Damon Kemp for the NXT Heritage Cup, Thea Hail vs. Jazmyn Nyx". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved June 5, 2024.
  16. ^ Moore, John (June 25, 2024). "NXT TV results (6/25): Moore's review of Tag Team Turmoil for a shot at the NXT Tag Titles, NXT Champion Trick Williams vs. Shawn Spears in a non-title match, Tony D'Angelo vs. Nathan Frazer for the NXT Heritage Cup". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved June 26, 2024.