"NXT's Denzel Dejournette certainly has a vibrant future," according to The Union Journal. "However on Raw, he was merely a sacrificial lamb for a livid Seth Rollins, who was fuming after his WrestleMania humiliation [the previous weekend] by the hands of Kevin Owens and certainly seeking to reclaim a few of his messianic mystique within the wake of two WrestleMania losses in a single evening." H
"Dejournette, then, was toast earlier than this event started, and Rollins confirmed no mercy towards him, beating Dejournette throughout the ring and dispatching him with the Stomp."
The next day, both Dejournette and his college wrestling program offered a mostly upbeat assessment for Monday's WWE Raw match on Twitter.
On Tuesday, here's what DeJournette tweeted online:
I got this much love for getting thrashed in tv imagine when I actually put up a fight or, you know, win lol�" Denzel Dejournette (@darealdenzelwwe) April 7, 2020
Also, thanks for the support and everyone who has sent kind messages. I appreciate each and everyone of them. Even the negative comments you thought enough of me to even comment. I'm excited for the future!�" Denzel Dejournette (@darealdenzelwwe) April 7, 2020
… while the Appalachian State Mountaineer wrestling program posted this message on its Twitter:
Congrats to @AppWrestling alum and 2017 @NCAAWrestling All-American @darealdenzelwwe on making his #WWERaw debut tonight!�" App State Wrestling (@AppWrestling) April 7, 2020
The thing about Denzel, he'll keep getting up, keep working hard and keep climbing to the top.#ReAchTheSummit https://t.co/zxdfDXcM0j
Prior to signing with the WWE in the summer of 2018, Dejournette made a name for himself in amateur wrestling. The native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina graduated from R.J. Reynolds High School where he was a state runner-up as a senior and state fourth-place finisher as a junior. He then enrolled at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. where he tallied a 113-35 collegiate mark. The 6'2", 262-pound Dejournette was a three-time NCAA Division I Championships qualifier for the Mountaineers, placing eighth in the heavyweight bracket at the 2017 NCAAs.
DeJournette joins a long list of amateur wrestliers who have entered pro wrestling after college. Some examples: Oklahoma State heavyweight champ of the 1920s, Earl McCready... 1940s NCAA champs Verne Gagne of Minnesota, and Oklahoma State;s Dick Hutton... Dan Hodge, 1950s Oklahoma Sooner superstar... OSU Cowboy champ of the mid 1960s, Jack Brisco… and of course, Olympic gold medalist and NCAA champ for Clarion, Kurt Angle,