|Birth name||Omari Jahi Palmer|
|Born||May 17, 1994|
Coram, New York, United States
|Alma mater||Syracuse University|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Odyssey Jones|
|Billed height||6 ft 5 in (196 cm)|
|Billed weight||405 lb (184 kg)|
|Trained by||WWE Performance Center|
|Debut||November 7, 2019|
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.
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.
In June 2018, Palmer attended a try-out with the professional wrestling promotion WWE. In February 2019, he was hired by WWE and assigned to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida for training. 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. He wrestled his first match on November 7, 2019, losing to Dexter Lumis at a house show in Ocala, Florida under his birth name. He wrestled a handful of matches in late-2019 and early-2020 before going on hiatus for over a year.
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. He went on to defeat Trey Baxter in the semi-finals before losing to Carmelo Hayes in the finals. Jones then spent the rest of the year on NXT engaging in feuds with heels such as Andre Chase and the Diamond Mine.
In January 2022, Palmer ruptured his patellar tendon during a match with Saurav Gurjar; he underwent surgery later that month. Jones made his return on the October 25, 2022 episode of NXT, inviting Edris Enofé and Malik Blade to a party. The following week, he made his in-ring return by defeating Javier Bernal.
Jones wrestles in a "powerhouse" style. His finishing moves have included a falling powerslam and a diving splash. He wears orange and blue ring attire; a reference to the Syracuse Orange colors. He is nicknamed the "Future Favorite".
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.
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.
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.
...Omari Palmer crushing Otis Dozovic's 775lb trap deadlift record and making it look like nothing...
...the imposing Jones smashed his way into the next round of the NXT Breakout Tournament with a final thunderous slam.
Carmelo Hayes defeated Odyssey Jones to win the NXT Breakout Tournament.
...Jones connected with the world's strongest slam before pinning Waller clean in the middle.
Jones then lays his competitors on top of each other, lands the 747 Splash, and then gets the pin for the victory.