“Bold for a Reason”: Former NXT Champion Got Inked as a Way of Paying Tribute to Music Legend Tupac

Published 12/28/2023, 2:26 PM EST

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Tattoos and pro wrestling go together like peanut butter and jelly. Many WWE Superstars proudly sport ink, embodying their passions and personalities. Now a former NXT champion and outspoken Tupac fan has also joined the parade with an iconic tattoo of the late legendary rapper.

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Carmelo ‘Him’ Hayes is one of the most dynamic and talented wrestlers in WWE’s developmental brand. The former NXT Champion oozes with self-confidence and expression both inside and outside the ring. A recent social media update showcases Hayes revealing his Tupac tattoo to the fans. In fact, he detailed the real reason why he decided to get inked with that particular design.

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Over 27 years have passed since Tupac Shakur ascended to the hip-hop heavens, but his lyrical magic lingers, forever relevant. His words, like timeless spells, continue to inspire every soul fortunate enough to hear them. In a bold expression of admiration and personal connection to pop culture, former NXT Champion Carmelo Hayes showcased his new tattoo on Instagram, paying tribute to the legendary Tupac Shakur. 

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The video posted by WWE features Hayes with a Tupac-inspired tattoo on his right arm, specifically referencing the iconic song “All Eyez on Me” from the 1996 album of the same name. 

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Hayes passionately explains that the tattoo is not just about ink; it’s a statement reflecting Tupac’s attitude, thought process, and the bold confidence he exuded. Describing it as “it’s bold, and that’s bold for a reason,” Hayes highlights the confident and cocky aspects of him, emphasizing that everyone is watching his journey. 

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The tattoo symbolizes a connection to pop culture, music, and personal beliefs, making it a meaningful and artistic expression of admiration for the late music legend.

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