Christian Brigham (August 1, 1994) is an American professional wrestler who is best known for performing on the independent circuit under the ring name Christian Casanova. As of October 2021, he is signed to WWE, where he performs on the NXT and 205 Live brands under the ring name Carmelo Hayes and is the reigning NXT North American Champion in his first reign.
- 1 Professional wrestling career
- 1.1 Beyond Wrestling (2008–2011)
- 1.2 Chaotic Wrestling (2010–2012)
- 1.3 Northeast Championship Wrestling (2012–2014)
- 1.4 Limitless Wrestling (2014–2016)
- 1.5 Lucky Pro Wrestling (2016–2018)
- 1.6 Return to Northeast Wrestling (2017–2020)
- 1.7 Xtreme Wrestling Alliance (2014–2020)
- 1.8 World Wrestling Entertainment (2021-present)
- 2 In wrestling
- 3 Championships and accomplishments
- 4 External links
Professional wrestling career
Beyond Wrestling (2008–2011)
On January 23, 2015, Brigham debut in a Six-Man tag team match with Drew Mastone and Kevin Park where they defeated 2Buff, Ace Romero and Xavier Bell. During his career in this promotion he'd win a Pride Of New England Tournament For Tomorrow, where he defeated Kenn Doane, Alec Price and Richard Holliday in a tournament First Round, Semifinal and Final.
Chaotic Wrestling (2010–2012)
Northeast Championship Wrestling (2012–2014)
Limitless Wrestling (2014–2016)
Lucky Pro Wrestling (2016–2018)
Return to Northeast Wrestling (2017–2020)
Xtreme Wrestling Alliance (2014–2020)
World Wrestling Entertainment (2021-present)
NXT North American Champion (2021–present)
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 on NXT, reminiscent of John Cena's SmackDown debut in 2002 against Kurt Angle, confronting and then fighting 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 semi-finals on the August 17 episode, before defeating Odyssey Jones on the August 24 episode 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.
- Fedora Frog Splash
- Suplex lift into a Cutter"
- Signature moves
- Entrance Music
- "The Thriller of New England"
- "King of Drop"
- Managers and valets
- Teams and stables
Championships and accomplishments
- Chaotic Wrestling
- Liberty States Pro Wrestling
- Liberty States Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Northeast Championship Wrestling
- NCW New England Championship (1 time)