Damian Priest is one of the new Superstars on RAW. He recently competed in a tag team match at WrestleMania 37. Priest tagged with Bad Bunny at the event. The Miz and John Morrison were their opponents. Although it was the first match of Bad Bunny, he impressed everyone with his wrestling skills.
Damian Priest also brought his ‘A’ game to the table at WrestleMania 37. The end result was that the duo of Priest and Bad Bunny emerged victorious. Priest had showed up at Royal Rumble 2021. He then became a part of RAW. Here’s a look at some interesting facts that you need to know about The Archer of Infamy.
1. Real name of Damian Priest
Many fans would have an idea that Priest is a Puerto Rican-American wrestler. He was born in New York, US. Priest’s real name is Luis Martinez. He came into the spotlight after joined Ring of Honor (ROH). He is a former one-time world champion of that promotion.
Priest later joined WWE, where he became a member of the NXT brand. The 38-year-old was very successful in the black and yellow brand. He captured the NXT North American Championship. Also, he was a part of some exciting rivalries. He proved himself in NXT before earning a call-up to the main roster.
2. Lost more than 100 pounds
Damian Priest was never so fit as he is now. His physique was not like the one he has now. He is currently 6 feet and 5 inches tall. At the same time, his weight is 252 pounds. But there was a time when he weighed over 300 pounds. While there have been many giant wrestlers who have achieved success in WWE, Priest decided to work on his physique.
He trained hard and shed more than 100 pounds. This decision helped him improve his wrestling skills. Ultimately, ROH signed him and his career gained momentum. Now, he is a part of the Monday Night RAW roster. The only way for Damian from here is up.
3. AJ Styles once appreciated his work
AJ Styles is one of the most popular WWE Superstars in the world. He is a former multi-time WWE Champion. Styles has also captured the US and Intercontinental Championships in his career. The Phenomenal One recently became a Grand Slam WWE Champion by winning the RAW Tag Team titles with Omos. Even before joining WWE, he was a big name in the indies.
Styles was once a part of Ring of Honor. At that time, he saw Damian’s work. Although Priest and Styles did not know each other much, the latter decided to praise him for his good work in the ring. It mattered a lot for Priest because he was still a rising star at that point. Now Styles and Priest are on the same brand.
4. Damian Priest made his pro wrestling debut in 2004
While WWE fans saw Damian Priest only around 2018, they should note he has much experience under his belt. He made his professional wrestling debut back in the year 2004. It took him 17 years to join WWE’s main roster. But he seems ready now and looking at his WrestleMania 37 performance, he could receive a push soon. Also, he is a multi-time champion in promotions other than WWE and ROH.
In case you didn’t know, Priest is a former KPW Tag Team Champion. He won it with current RAW Superstar Matt Riddle. Priest is also a 3-time MFPW Heavyweight Champion. Besides, he has won the MFPW Tag Team Championship twice. It will be exciting to see how many titles he wins in WWE.