Odyssey Jones
Birth nameOmari Jahi Palmer
Born (1994-05-17) May 17, 1994 (age 28)[1][2]
Coram, New York, United States[3]
Alma materSyracuse University[2]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Odyssey Jones[3]
Omari Palmer[3]
Billed height6 ft 5 in (196 cm)[3]
Billed weight405 lb (184 kg)[3]
Trained byWWE Performance Center[3]
DebutNovember 7, 2019; 3 years ago (2019-11-07)[1][3]

Omari Jahi Palmer (born May 17, 1994) is an American professional wrestler. He is currently signed to WWE, where he performs on The NXT Brand under the ring name Odyssey Jones.

Early life

Palmer was born in Coram, New York. He attended Longwood High School, where he competed in football, basketball, lacrosse, and wrestling. Palmer went on to attend Syracuse University, majoring in sociology. During his time at Syracuse University, Palmer played for the Syracuse Orange football team as an offensive guard until suffering a lower leg injury during his senior year.[2][4][5][6]

Professional wrestling career

In June 2018, Palmer attended a try-out with the professional wrestling promotion WWE.[7] In February 2019, he was hired by WWE and assigned to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida for training.[4][5][8] In May 2019, Palmer set an 800 lb (363 kg) trap bar deadlift record at the WWE Performance Center Combine, beating the previous record of 775 lb (352 kg) held by Otis.[9][10][11] He wrestled his first match on November 7, 2019, losing to Dexter Lumis at a house show in Ocala, Florida under his birth name.[12] He wrestled a handful of matches in late-2019 and early-2020 before going on hiatus for over a year.[12][13]

Palmer returned to the ring in July 2021 under the new ring name of "Odyssey Jones", wrestling dark matches at WWE SmackDown tapings. He wrestled his first televised match on the July 6 episode of WWE 205 Live, defeating Grayson Waller. On July 20, he wrestled his first televised WWE NXT match, defeating Andre Chase in the first round of the WWE NXT Breakout Tournament.[14][15] He went on to defeat Trey Baxter in the semi-finals[16] before losing to Carmelo Hayes in the finals.[17] Jones then spent the rest of the year on NXT engaging in feuds with heels such as Andre Chase and the Diamond Mine.[14]

In January 2022, Palmer ruptured his patellar tendon during a match with Saurav Gurjar; he underwent surgery later that month.[18] Jones made his return on the October 25, 2022 episode of NXT, inviting Edris Enofé and Malik Blade to a party.[19] The following week, he made his in-ring return by defeating Javier Bernal.[20]

Professional wrestling style and persona

Jones wrestles in a "powerhouse" style.[3] His finishing moves have included a falling powerslam[15][21] and a diving splash.[22] He wears orange and blue ring attire; a reference to the Syracuse Orange colors.[10] He is nicknamed the "Future Favorite".[23]


  1. ^ a b "Odyssey Jones". WrestlingData.com. Retrieved July 27, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c "Omari Palmer". Cuse.com. Syracuse University. Retrieved July 27, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Kreikenbohm, Philip. "Odyssey Jones". Cagematch.net. Retrieved July 27, 2021.
  4. ^ a b "ACH, Samuel Shaw and Karen Q among new WWE Performance Center recruits". WWE.com. WWE. February 11, 2019. Retrieved July 29, 2021. WWE's new class pulls in two recruits from the gridiron: Omari Palmer and Ricardo Miller. Twenty-four-year-old Palmer is a 6-foot-3, 350-pounder who was a member of the Syracuse Orangemen's offensive line. Originally from Coram, N.Y., Palmer also played basketball and lacrosse, as well as wrestled, in high school. The imposing big man attended a WWE Performance Center tryout in June 2018.
  5. ^ a b McAllister, Mike (July 20, 2021). "Former Syracuse offensive lineman taking a shot at pro wrestling career". SI.com. Retrieved July 27, 2021.
  6. ^ Gilberg, Ari (April 26, 2016). "Syracuse NFL Draft 2017 profile: OL Omari Palmer". NunesMagician.com. Retrieved July 27, 2021.
  7. ^ "Collegiate wrestling champion Jacob Kasper, Tough Enough alumna Chelsea Green among prospects at WWE tryout". WWE.com. WWE. June 29, 2018. Retrieved July 29, 2021. 24-year-old Omari Palmer, a 6-foot-3, 350-pounder who played football at Syracuse University for five seasons. Palmer was a multisport athlete in high school, with experience in basketball, wrestling and lacrosse.
  8. ^ Rose, Bryan (July 2, 2021). "Four NXT wrestlers compete in dark matches prior to WWE SmackDown". F4WOnline.com. Retrieved July 27, 2021. Odyssey Jones, real name Omari Palmer, faced Robert Roode in a singles match. He is a former football player for Syracuse University who has been signed with WWE since 2019.
  9. ^ "Full WWE PC Combine to stream on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter". WWE.com. WWE. May 31, 2019. Retrieved July 29, 2021.
  10. ^ a b Wall, Kevin M. (July 14, 2021). "Former Syracuse Football player Omari Palmer looking to break out in WWE". NunesMagician.com. Retrieved July 27, 2021.
  11. ^ Stoup, Tom (May 30, 2019). "WWE Performance Center Combine report including Trevor Lee, Strickland, Catanzaro, Riddle, Sam Shaw, Road Dogg, Cole". PWTorch.com. Retrieved August 2, 2021. ...Omari Palmer crushing Otis Dozovic's 775lb trap deadlift record and making it look like nothing...
  12. ^ a b Kreikenbohm, Philip. "Odyssey Jones - matches - 2019". Cagematch.net. Retrieved July 27, 2021.
  13. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "Odyssey Jones - matches - 2020". Cagematch.net. Retrieved July 27, 2021.
  14. ^ a b Kreikenbohm, Philip. "Odyssey Jones - matches - 2021". Cagematch.net. Retrieved July 27, 2021.
  15. ^ a b "NXT results: July 20, 2021". WWE.com. WWE. July 20, 2021. Retrieved July 27, 2021. ...the imposing Jones smashed his way into the next round of the NXT Breakout Tournament with a final thunderous slam.
  16. ^ Currier, Joseph (August 10, 2021). "Odyssey Jones advances to NXT Breakout Tournament finals". F4WOnline.com. Archived from the original on August 11, 2021. Retrieved August 11, 2021.
  17. ^ Aiken, Chris (August 25, 2021). "WWE NXT live results: Hit Row vs. Legado Del Fantasma". F4WOnline.com. Retrieved August 26, 2021. Carmelo Hayes defeated Odyssey Jones to win the NXT Breakout Tournament.
  18. ^ Currier, Joseph (January 27, 2022). "WWE NXT's Odyssey Jones undergoes surgery, 'probably' out until fall". F4WOnline.com. Archived from the original on January 26, 2022. Retrieved August 11, 2021.
  19. ^ Moore, John (October 25, 2022). "10/25 NXT TV results: Moore's review of Kayden Carter and Katana Chance vs. Nikkita Lyons and Zoey Stark for the NXT Women's Tag Team Titles, Pretty Deadly vs. Edris Enofe and Malik Blade for the NXT Tag Team Titles, Shotzi vs. Lash Legend, The Schism unveil their newest member, Halloween Havoc fallout". ProWrestling.net. Archived from the original on October 27, 2022. Retrieved October 27, 2022.
  20. ^ Moore, John (November 1, 2022). "11/1 NXT TV results: Moore's review of Mandy Rose celebrating one year as NXT Women's Champion, NXT Champion Bron Breakker's appearance, Grayson Waller vs. R-Truth, Thea Hail vs. Kiana James, Odyssey Jones' return to the ring, The Schism addresses the addition of Ava Raine". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Archived from the original on November 2, 2022. Retrieved November 2, 2022.
  21. ^ Fritts, Chick (July 9, 2021). "WWE 205 Live results: Odyssey Jones vs. Grayson Waller". F4WOnline.com. Retrieved July 27, 2021. ...Jones connected with the world's strongest slam before pinning Waller clean in the middle.
  22. ^ Wilkins, Rob (September 21, 2021). "WWE NXT Results for 9/21/21 NXT Cruiserweight Championship Match Kushida vs. Roderick Strong". Fightful.com. Retrieved September 23, 2021. Jones then lays his competitors on top of each other, lands the 747 Splash, and then gets the pin for the victory.
  23. ^ "Odysssey Jones". WWE.com. WWE. Retrieved January 25, 2022.