Parker Boudreaux Debuts On WWE NXT 2.0

Another week, another much-hyped NXT 2.0 debut. Meet Harland.

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The much-touted Parker Boudreaux made his WWE debut on last night's episode of NXT 2.0, appearing in a brief interaction with Joe Gacy.

Boudreaux, 23, who was a hyped WWE signing in February 2021, emerged in the crowd as Gacy was leaving the ring following a victory over Ikemen Jiro. Now named "Harland", Parker and his newly-shorn head stared down at the former GCW World Champion.

While he wasn't acknowledged by name, announcer Vic Joseph noted that "maybe not everyone is a fan of Gacy's style" during the staredown, suggesting a future rivalry between Harland and Gacy.


Gacy was initially taken aback by Harland's presence, though his surprise quickly turned to a big smile.

Standing at 6'4" and tipping the scales at over 300lbs, Boudreaux is a former college football player with significant athletic pedigree. He has since given up that sport for professional wrestling, having attracted the attention of Paul Heyman and drawn immediate visual comparisons with Brock Lesnar.


What WWE has planned for Harland remains to be seen, though his size and youth mean he certainly fits NXT 2.0's new "younger, bigger" blueprint for developmental stars, with the rebranded show now approaching its fifth week of television.

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