NXT Wrestler Works As A Babyface Hours After Calling Fans “Scumbags” On Twitter

Dominik Dijakovic

NXT’s Chris Dijak of Worcester, Massachusetts, better known to wrestling fans as Donovan Dijak, finally has his WWE ring name.

Last Saturday, WWE.com posted photos of the entire WWE Performance Center roster, which currently totals 70 recruits. There is a photo of Dijak and he’s listed as Dominik Dijakovic.

In a tweet on Friday, he addressed fan complaints regarding the name change.

Despite calling fans scumbags, Dijakovic worked as a babyface at last night’s NXT live event in Ocala, Florida. In a Six-Man Tag Team Match, he teamed with Johnny Gargano and Raul Mendoza in a win over The Forgotten Sons (Wesley Blake, Steve Cutler, and Jaxson Ryker).

On another note, WWE Hall Famer Dory Funk Jr., who lives in Ocala, supported Dijakovic, Gargano, and Mendoza at ringside with a whip in hand.

A football and basketball standout in high school and college, Dijak stormed onto the New England independent wrestling scene in 2013. He remained a force in the region, crossing paths with the likes of Tommaso Ciampa and Oney Lorcan, and becoming a fixture in various promotions including Chaotic Wrestling in Massachusetts, Northeast Wrestling in Connecticut, and Beyond Wrestling in Rhode Island.

In 2015, Dijak won Ring of Honor’s Top Prospect tournament, and he competed in the wXw 16 Carat Gold tournament in Germany in early 2017. He signed a developmental contract with WWE last year and reported to the WWE Performance Center in August. WWE announced his signing on September 5.

Dijak made his NXT wrestling debut on September 23 at a live event in Largo, Florida, losing to Aleister Black. He wrestled as Chris Dijak, which is his real name. Since then, he’s worked over 50 matches, including his long-awaited NXT television debut. On May 30, Dijak lost to Ricochet.

Dijak again wrestled on NXT television on July 4, where he lost to Velveteen Dream.

A new ring name is often a step toward becoming a regular presence on WWE programming, so we should be seeing Dijak, or rather, Dominik Dijakovic, on the WWE Network more often going forward.