Wes Lee
Dezmond Xavier at Alpha-1.jpg
Lee in October 2016
Birth nameDeveon Everhart Aiken[1]
Born (1994-11-02) November 2, 1994 (age 27)
Dayton, Ohio, United States[2]
Spouse(s)Erica Marie
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Dez[3]
Dezmond X
Dezmond Xavier[4]
Wes Lee
Billed height5 ft 7 in (170 cm)[3]
Billed weight190 lb (86 kg)[3]
Billed fromDayton, Ohio[3]
Debut2011[5]

Deveon Everhart Aiken[1] (born November 2, 1994) is an American professional wrestler. He is currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the NXT brand under the ring name Wes Lee. He is a former two-time WWE NXT Tag Team Champion.

He is best known for his time in Impact Wrestling under the ring name Dezmond Xavier (or simply Dez).[3] He is well known as a member of The Rascalz with Zachary Wentz, Trey Miguel, and Myron Reed. He also performed on independent promotions, mostly notably for Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG), where he was one-half of the PWG World Tag Team Champions alongside Wentz.

Professional wrestling career

Independent circuit (2011–2021)

Dezmond Xavier made his wrestling debut in 2011.[6] In 2017 at WrestleCircus he won the WC Sideshow Championship by defeating Joey Ryan.[7]Afterwards he went to wrestle in Desastre Total Ultraviolento where he won the DTU Alto Impacto Championship.[8]

In 2015 Dezmond Xavier teamed with Zachary Wentz while working in the independent circuit and formed a tag team by the name of Scarlet and Graves. The team competed in Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) where he and Wentz went on to become 2-time Combat Zone Wrestling World Tag Team Champions their first time at an event called 'Cage Of Death 18' on December 10, 2016 against EYFBO and their second time at Lucha Forever Catch Me Outside against CCK Chris Brookes and Kid Lykos after losing the titles to them in year 2017.[9] In year 2016 before he and Wentz second AAW World Tag Title reign Dezmond Xavier and Wentz at Xtreme Intense Championship Wrestling teamed together with Trey Miguel, Aaron Williams, Kyle Maverick and the all five of them together won the XICW Tag Team Championships.[10] Also a year after that in year 2017 he and Wentz went on to wrestle at All American Wrestling where they went on to win the AAW World Tag Team Championships on July 15, 2017 at United We Stand against AR Fox and Rey Fenix.[11] A year later after that Trey Miguel and Myron Reed joined the group and then the group name changed into The Rascalz.

Also in the year 2018 Dezmond Xavier and Zachary Wentz wrestled at The Wrestling Revolver where they won both the PWR Tag Team Championships[12] and the One Night Tag Team Tournament[13] of year 2018. In Year 2021 Dezmond Xavier and Wentz also went on to Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG) to win the PWG World Tag Team Championships.[14]

Impact Wrestling

X Division (2017–2018)

In 2017 Dezmond Xavier signed with Impact Wrestling.[15] On the April 20 episode of Impact Wrestling, Xavier made his debut in a six-way match for the X Division Championship.[16] His first singles match in Impact took place on the July 8 episode of Xplosion, where he defeated Idris Abraham. Later that month, Xavier entered the 2017 GFW Super X Cup tournament,[17] in which he defeated Idris Abraham in the quarterfinals, Drago in the semifinals, and Taiji Ishimori in the final to win the 2017 GFW Super X Cup.[18] In October, Xavier made his pay-per-view debut at Bound for Glory, where he competed against Trevor Lee, Garza Jr., Matt Sydal, Petey Williams and Sonjay Dutt in a six-way match for the X Division Championship but failed to win the title. Xavier also received a singles title shot for the X Division Championship against Taiji Ishimori on the January 18, 2018 episode of Impact!, which he lost.

At Redemption, Xavier competed in a six-way X Division match, which he lost. He then lost to Brian Cage at the Under Pressure special to determine the #1 contender for the X Division Championship and he also lost to Brian Cage in a match for the X Division Championship on a episode of Impact Wrestling as well. He also has another title challenge for the X Division Championship in 2018 against Matt Sydal at the One Night Only pay-per-view event Zero Fear, in which he came up short. He then took a brief hiatus from Impact.

The Rascalz (2018–2020)

Main article: The Rascalz

Dez (left) with Trey (center) and Wentz (right) as The Rascalz in July 2019
Dez (left) with Trey (center) and Wentz (right) as The Rascalz in July 2019

In late 2018, Xavier was aligned with Trey Miguel and Zachary Wentz, forming a fan favorite stable under the name The Rascalz. A vignette aired promoting the debut of Rascalz on the November 15 episode of Impact!. Xavier returned to Impact, teaming with Wentz under the new stable name on the November 29 episode of Impact!, where they defeated the team of Chris Bey and Mike Sydal.[19] After months of competing in the tag team division in the fall of 2018 and early 2019, the trio made their pay-per-view debut at Rebellion in April, and lost to Moose and The North. Around this time Xavier shortened his ring name to Dez while Trey Miguel and Zachary Wentz shortened their ring names to Trey and Wentz respectively. At Slammiversary XVII, Dez and Wentz unsuccessfully challenged The North for the World Tag Team Championship in a three-way match, also involving Latin American Exchange (Santana and Ortiz). Dez and Trey then unsuccessfully challenged North for the World Tag Team Championship on the August 2 episode of Impact!.[20]

In October, Dez competed against Sami Callihan in a losing effort at the Impact Plus event Prelude to Glory. In December, Dez unsuccessfully challenged Ace Austin for the X Division Championship at Motown Showdown. In 2020, Dez and Wentz unsuccessfully challenged The North for the World Tag Team Championship at February's Sacrifice event. Dez and Wentz continued their success in the tag team division by defeating XXXL and the team of TJP and Fallah Bahh at the Rebellion special. On the June 2 episode of Impact!, Dez and Wentz defeated TJP and Bahh to earn a World Tag Team Championship against The North on the June 16 episode of Impact!, which they lost. On July 18, 2020, Dez and Wentz issued an open challenge to any tag team at Slammiversary. The reunited Motor City Machine Guns accepted the challenge and won the match.

Dragon Gate (2018)

Dragon Gate announced the debut of Xavier and his indy tag team partner Zachary Wentz at Open The New Year Gate, Dragon Gate's first show of 2018. They debuted on 13 January, where Xavier and Wentz, collectively known as Scarlet and Graves, teamed with Susumu Yokosuka in a winning effort against Genki Horiguchi, Flamita and Bandido.

Lucha Underground (2018)

On the July 18, 2018, episode of Lucha Underground he made his debut under the name Dezmond X defeating Paul London for one of the seven ancient Aztec Medallions. The series was discontinued after season finale, Ultima Lucha Cuatro.[21]

WWE (2020–present)

MSK (2020–2022)

On December 2, 2020, he signed a contract with WWE and was assigned to the WWE Performance Center.[1][22] On the January 13, 2021 episode of NXT, Xavier, now going by the ring name Wes Lee, and his tag team partner Zachary Wentz, now going by the ring name Nash Carter, debuted under the new team name MSK.[23] They debuted in the Men's Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament, which they won.[24][25] At NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver Night One, MSK defeated the Grizzled Young Veterans (James Drake and Zack Gibson) and Legado Del Fantasma (Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde) in a triple threat match for the vacant NXT Tag Team Championship.[26] On an episode of NXT, MSK defeated Fantasma to retain their tag titles. At NXT TakeOver: In Your House, MSK teamed with NXT North American Champion Bronson Reed to defeat Legado Del Fantasma in a winner takes all match which MSK won.[27] At The Great American Bash, MSK defeated Ciampa and Timothy Thatcher for the tag titles.[28] Over the next two months, MSK defended their titles against Imperium and Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch.

At NXT: Halloween Havoc, Imperium defeated MSK in a Lumber Jack-o'-Lantern Tag Team match to win the titles, only for MSK to reclaim them at NXT Stand & Deliver.[29][30] However, just four days later, on April 5, 2022, it was reported that WWE had released Carter due to multiple domestic abuse allegations and photos relating to Adolf Hitler and Nazi symbolism. WWE later confirmed that the NXT Tag Team Championships were officially vacated on April 8, 2022, ending Lee's second reign at six days and also leading to the end of the group MSK in WWE.

Singles competition (2022–present)

Sometime after all of that the name of NXT was changed to NXT 2.0. On the April 19th 2022 episode of NXT 2.0, Lee returned to television, vaguely addressing the vacating of the tag titles, before being confronted by Xyon Quinn. This led to a match between Quinn and Lee later in the evening, with Lee losing.[31][32] On the May 24, 2022 episode of NXT 2.0, he lost against Sanga, and was taunted by Quinn before Sanga pulled him away.[33][34] The following week, Lee challenged Quinn to a match and won.[35][36] On the June 14, 2022 episode of NXT 2.0 Wes Lee had another outstanding match against Xyon Quinn that he also was successful at winning in.[37] On the July 5, 2022 special episode of NXT 2.0 of July Wes Lee had another amazing solo match but this time against Trick Williams with the WWE NXT North American Champion Carmelo Hayes in his corner at the NXT: The Great American Bash of year 2022 but was not successful due to outside interference.[38]

Personal life

Aiken is married to Erica Marie.[39][40]

Other media

Deveon Everhart Aiken as Wes Lee made his first video game debut on WWE 2K22 as a DLC alongside Stacy Kiebler, The Hurricane, and A-Kid known as the Stand Back Pack.[41][42]

Championships and accomplishments

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