For Bo Dallas, that opportunity came in January 2013 when he won a WWE NXT tournament to gain entry into the Royal Rumble Match. Making his first WWE appearance on pay-per-view, Dallas lasted an impressive 21 minutes in the 30-man melee, tossing out Wade Barrett in the process. The elimination did not sit well with the big Brit, who pulled Dallas out of the contest as well.
It wasn’t the first scrap the Brooksville, Fla., native had been in. Dallas scored a WWE developmental contract at the age of 18 and went on to win multiple titles while holding his own against the likes of Drew McIntyre, Justin Gabriel and even Big Show. He may have been the youngest guy in the locker room, but Dallas made up for it with a determination that was undeniable.
The resilient grappler has proven time and time again on WWE NXT that he is unwilling to back down from a fight and has issued an open challenge to anyone in the NXT locker room. He won the NXT Championship on June 12, 2013, from Big E Langston and was the longest-reigning NXT Titleholder. His 260-day reign ended at NXT Arrival live on WWE Network on Feb. 27, 2014, when he lost to Adrian Neville in NXT's first Ladder Match.