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Damian Priest Compares Joining RAW From NXT To Switching Schools

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Since signing with WWE in late 2018, Damian Priest has already enjoyed success on both NXT and Monday Night RAW.

During his time in NXT, Priest won the North American Title before arriving on the main roster in early 2021. The Puerto Rican Superstar debuted on the main roster in the Royal Rumble match, throwing out a number of Superstars before being eliminated by Bobby Lashley.

Priest later became aligned with Bad Bunny as the pair went on to defeat The Miz and John Morrison at WrestleMania 37.

This puts the ‘Archer of Infamy’ in a perfect position to be able to compare the differences between NXT and the main roster.

Appearing on the Car Con Carne podcast, Priest explained that while NXT and RAW are both under the WWE banner the two shows are a world apart. Both in terms of on-screen spectacle and behind the scenes production. Priest described how moving from NXT to RAW is such an important switch, likening it to moving to a new school.

“NXT is WWE, obviously, but growing up it wasn’t a thing. To me, it’s Monday Night Raw and SmackDown. It’s definitely more of ‘now, it’s the big show, let’s get these nerves under control and get to work.’ I keep reminding myself that this is what I do. I know how to do this but a lot of emotions that go into this big spectacle that is this WWE machine, especially on the Raw roster, it’s night and day, the spectacle that goes into it, even behind the scenes with production. You know this is a different feel. It’s crazy, we’re reaching so many more people. The fact that now Damien Priest is known all over the world is crazy. That was the main part, getting my nerves under control and changing my mindset because it is a different system, so to speak, like transitioning to a new school. I had to get used to that. Now that I’ve been here a few months, I feel more comfortable and know how this works,”

After being absent from RAW in recent weeks, Damian Priest returned to the red brand on July 26th in fine style. The former NXT Superstar not only went toe-to-toe with, but defeated United States champion Sheamus.

The victory means that Priest is now in line for a shot at the Irishman’s prized championship belt.

H/t to Fightful for the transcription.