Darren Young has finally returned from injury at a live event, and the former Nexus member could be looking to make a name for himself in singles competition.
Young began his professional wrestling career back in 2002. He became interested in becoming a professional wrestler early on as a teenager and competed in several backyard wrestling federations as well. After working the independent circuit for a while he finally landed a deal with WWE in 2005 and was sent to the company's developmental territory in Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW). He took the next step in his WWE career in 2010 when he was cast on the first season of WWE NXT, where he would be mentored by former WWE Champion CM Punk.
He had an interesting angle with CM Punk after refusing to join the Straight Edge Society and shave his head. Punk then saw potential in Young for standing up to him, as well as defeating Luke Gallows, another Straight Edge Society member at the time, who he started a short program with.
Young was then part of the famous Nexus invasion angle in which the rookies from season one of NXT attacked John Cena and CM Punk in the main event of Monday Night RAW. He then lost a match to John Cena and was exiled from the Nexus, attacked in the process.
He then embarked on a singles run before being sent back to NXT once again. In 2012 he aligned himself with Titus O'Neal to form The Prime Time Players tag team. After two years with O'Neil, Young cost the team a match when he was pinned against the team of Ryback and Curtis Axel. As a result, O'Neil attacked Young and thus brought their alliance and tag team to a screeching halt.
Young then worked the singles market again, followed by a brief Prime Time Players reunion, before being aligned with WWE Hall Of Famer Bob Backlund who used the slogan "Make Darren Young Great Again." Unfortunately, after a few months Young suffered an arm injury an has been out-of-action ever since.
This past Friday, Young made his in-ring return from injury during a live event in Wichita, Kansas where he competed in a Battle Royal to determine the new No. 1-contender for the Intercontinental Championship. He was eliminated from the match by Apollo Crews before Jason Jordan went on to win the match.
He posted the following on Twitter after the match:
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