Appalachian State All-American Dejournette makes WWE Raw premiere

Eighteen months after first setting foot at the WWE Performance Training Center in Florida, Denzel Dejournette, 2017 NCAA All-American at Appalachian State University in North Carolina, made his first appearance in the ring at WWE Raw on Monday.

Denzel Dejournette
In Dejournatte's WWE Raw debut, Seth Rollins made short work of the former App State heavyweight, in a bout that was over in about a minute-and-a-half.

"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:

… while the Appalachian State Mountaineer wrestling program posted this message on its Twitter:

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,


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