Nickname: Event Horizon, Home Run Hayes, Hammerin' Hanlon, The eGG Beater
First Name: Hayes
Last Name: Hanlon
Date of Birth: 04/14/1995
Hometown: West Linn, Oregon
“Event Horizon” Hayes Hanlon is an addict. A young man addicted to the show. To the spectacle. He bleeds for an over-the-top entrance. He aches for an in-ring promo. He LIVES for a big spot and a thunderous crowd pop. Hayes Hanlon is a wrestling organization’s dream. He’s young. A physical marvel. Handsome, with already well-developed mic skills and the drive to work. He’s here to give the crowd the best show they’ve ever seen. His skill set is far beyond his years; flashy, powerful, and well-timed. As PRIME's biggest fan in his youth, he's literally living his dream.
Awards and Title History
-Reigning Universal Champion
-Five Star Champion x1 - 85 day reign.
-2022 Rookie of the Year
-2022 Breakout Wrestler of the Year
Record: 9 - 3 - 2
ReVival 1, 2022 Almasy Invitational Round 1 vs. Cecilia Ryan - W
ReVival 3, 2022 Almasy Invitational Round 2 vs. Julian Bathory - L
ReVival 5, Five Star Scramble vs. Dusk, Garbage Bag Johnny, and Nicholas Pfefferman - W
Culture Shock '22, Five Star Title Match vs. Jonathan-Christopher Hall, Shawn Warstein, Cecilia Ryan, and Rezin - W
ReVival 7, Five Star Title Defense vs. Alexander Redding - No Contest
ReVival 9, Triple Threat Five Star Title Defense vs. Alexander Redding and Cecilia Ryan - W
Great American Nightmare '22, Five Star Title Defense vs. Rezin - L
ReVival 11, singles match vs. Cancer Jiles - W
ReVival 13, singles match vs. Bobby Dean - W
ReVival 15, singles match vs. GREAT SCOTT - L
UltraViolence '22, singles match vs. Ivan Stanislav - W
ReVival 16, singles match vs. King Blueberry - No Contest
ReVival 19, singles match vs. Ned Reform - W
Colossus '22, Universal Title Match vs. Cancer Jiles - W
Theme Music: "Daggers" by We Came as Romans
Finishing Move: The EpochPop-up 180 Sit-Out Choke Bomb. After his set-up theatrics, Hayes will hoist the opponent in the air by the throat with both hands as they return off the ropes. He'll turn 180 degrees, will often throw in a lil' leg kick for style, and hammer them into the mat with a powerful sit-out choke-bomb. See moveset for setup.
Wrestling Style: Powerful and explosive performer.
-Showmanship beyond anything. He'll add flash to any move possible.
-Beautiful blend of old school and new.
-Great at the sell. He's going to make his opponent look like a star in the ring through selling, and often over-selling, their trademarks.
-Loves a good taunt. He'll often take a moment when he has momentum to mock/mimic his opponent. A belly rub for Bobby Dean. Shades come on against Jiles. A superkick for Dusk. Smooches for Jonathan Christopher-Hall. You get the idea. He'll REALLY lay it on against heels, and be a little more playful against faces.
-He enjoys the match as much as the fans. Without pausing the action, he'll be very expressive after hitting some bigger spots and combos.
-Incredibly strong and explosive, capable of using powerful moves on even the largest PRIME opponents.
-Well-rounded and adaptable; flashy brawling, acceptable technical ability, thunderous power spots, non-flippy top rope ability.
-Fantastic sense of timing and tempo.
-Young and in peak physical condition.
-Kinda slow. He's explosive, and has great stamina, but he's pretty heavy, so keeping up with a cruiserweight bouncing around the ring can be problematic.
-Does NOT like taking on technicians. The slow game is not his style. He has enough technical ability to get by, but is out of his element against a technical-focused opponent.
-Rookie. He's brand new to the big leagues and will make rookie mistakes.
-Too much crowd service. He may miss the opportunity to finish off the opponent in favor of keeping the action going.
Common Moves: Flying cross body, German suplex, jumping leg drop, swinging neck-breaker, snap DDT, chest chops in the corner, snap belly-to-belly suplex, running back elbow, spinebuster, clothesline, leaping shoulder block, back body drop, flapjack.
Power Moves: Death Valley Driver, powerbomb, scoop slam, power slam, body slam, super-plex.
*Hayes is a strong and explosive dude, anything he performs in the power category is going to be big and showy.
Aerial Moves: Second-rope inward splash, flying headbutt, suicide dive to the outside, flying elbow drop.
*Hayes is good for one or two high flying spots in a match, but it's not his strongest suit. They're all old school and simple; he doesn't have the ability to flip or twist, so no 'ranas or moonsaults.
-ENORMOUS tilting, stalling Samoan Drop.
-While the opponent struggles to their feet, Hayes will jog in place in the corner, getting all pumped up, then charge forward and absolutely decapitate them with a lariat, which causes him to awkwardly somersault out, maybe crashing into the opposite turnbuckle/ropes.
-A series of big, flashy right hands. Then, when the opponent is dazed, Hayes will spin his forearm around comically before delivering an over-the-top, Popeye-style haymaker.
-Scoop Slam Party: Debuted at Colossus '22 against Cancer Jiles, the Scoop Slam Party is just what it sounds like: an egregious amount of Scoop Slams in the center of the ring. Over and over and over.
-The Walk-Off: An ode to his baseball days. Opponent is down, or dazed, struggling to get to their feet. Hayes steps back, and goes through a literal at-bat routine. Kicks the dirt, fixes his batting gloves, calls his shot, the whole nine yards. He'll then take a batter's stance, waving an imaginary bat, and as the opponent stumbles toward him he'll smack the absolute shit out of their mouth with a double axe-handle baseball swing to the jaw. THEN, instead of going for the pin, he'll get out of the ring and trot around it like a baseball diamond after a home run before hopping back in to continue the match.
-Timber!!: Here's your chance to have some fun with an over-sell. If Hayes takes a HARD shot to the head of any kind, he'll pause, go cross-eyed, wobble and stagger a bit, maybe hold up a finger to say something, then go tall and stiff before slowly falling over and landing hard on his back like a giant Doerner Fir being cut down in Oregon. Think of the "Flair Flop" for comparison. Be creative and go nuts.
*Also see the finisher section below. Almost all of them can double as signature/trademark moves. He's also brand new to the big leagues and still establishing these spots.
FINISHERS! *Note: any of these can double as a signature move and don't need to be reserved as a "finisher," with the exception of The Super Massive. You'll also see Hayes combine them for extra fan service, or use one as a setup for another. Example, he may hit the Flash Point and move directly into the setup for The Epoch while they're on the mat. Or a Flash Point followed by the Northwest Necktie, Northwest Necktie followed by The Epoch...you get the point.
The "Showtime!" Finisher! - The Epoch: Pop-up 180 sit-out choke-bomb. Set-up: After laying the opponent out on the mat in any ol' fashion, Hayes will jump to his feet, throw both arms out to the side, and slowly reach them toward the ceiling, hands and forearms shaking, almost like he's absorbing the arena's energy while the opponent pulls themselves to their feet. Once standing, Hayes will either push them or whip them off the ropes to perform The Epoch on the return.
The "Outta Nowhere!" Finisher! - Flash Point: Stiff, swift, jumping shoulder sit-out jawbreaker. Set-up? Outta nowhere!
The Submission Finisher! - The Northwest Necktie: An extremely theatrical Tequila Sunrise angled to work the neck. Set up? Whatever's clever. *Rarely used to actually finish the match. Think of The Rock's sharpshooter for comparison.
The "Really Big Moment!" Finisher! - The Super Massive: Burning Hammer from the second rope. In those pay-per-view, championship, everything on the line, "Avengers Assemble!" kinda moments, Hayes will lift the opponent into a torture rack, ascend to the second rope facing the turnbuckle, then leap back to deliver a massive Burning Hammer. *I'm not a huge fan of "MDK" finishers, but this would be close.
When the PRIME*View lights up and we find ourselves floating in space, it’s usually a sign that we’re approaching the Event Horizon.
And indeed, we are. That colossal black hole looms in the distance, an ominous hum vibrating through Madison Square Garden as we soar past nebulas, planets, and stars.
But something’s different this time. A building guitar ripping through the speakers carries a forceful energy, the screen starting to shake violently. It grows louder, and louder.
Until it explodes, and huge block letters take over the screen to follow with the music.
“WHEN MY BACK’S TO THE WAAALLLL!!!”
The speakers and amplifiers hold on for dear life as “Daggers” by We Came as Romans absolutely bludgeon the eardrums. And speaking of explosions, those planets and stars on the PRIME*View do just that, bursting into blinding eruptions of violent light.
This carries into the arena as well. Rumbling flashbulbs explode in various points throughout the arena. From the ceiling, in the stands, one after another. If you brought your kids, PRIME is not responsible for their inevitable visit with the optometrist.
And then, from the ramp, the Event Horizon.
“I SEE THE MOUNTAIN AHEAD, I FEEL THE THUNDER ROAR!
I FEEL THE FURY WITHIN, BUT LOUDER THAN BEFORE!”
The Challenger marches forward. No posing. No Uplifting chorus from his previous music. No fan service. Just a powerful mustache sitting on a determined face, black boots thudding down the ramp as the Madison crowd turns into a fucking mosh pit.
Vince Howard: MADISON SQUARE GARDEN! FINAL BOUT OF THE EVENING IS FOR THE UNIVERSAL CHAMPIONSHIP!!
They’d “ruaaahhh,” but you’d never hear it.
Vince Howard: FIRST, FROM WEST LINN, OREGON! STANDING SIX FEET, THREE INCHES AND WEIGHING IN AT TWO-HUNDRED AND SIXTY ONE POUNDS!! A FORMER FIVE STAR CHAMPION!
Hayes climbs the apron, stepping through, b-lining for the turnbuckle.
Vince Howard: HAMMERIN’ HANLON! HOME RUN HAYES! THE EVENT HORIZON!!
Up on rope, then the second, chest and jaw jutting out, and a thumb to his neck.
Vince Howard: HAAAAYEEEESSSS!!! HAAAAAAANNNLLLOOONNNNNN!!!!
And he drags it across his throat with the chorus.
“DRAW! THE! DAGGER!
CUT OUT THE PAIN! TO FIND THE POWER!”
He hops down, making way to the next post to repeat the process one more time.
“DRAW! THE! DAGGER!
CUT OUT THE PAIN!”