Damian Priest issues his first comments after winning the world heavyweight title at WWE Wrestlemania 40

As seen during the WWE Wrestlemania Sunday PLE, Damian Priest successfully cashed in his Money in the Bank contract by defeating Drew McIntyre to win the world heavyweight title. While speaking to media at the post-show press conference, Priest commented on his win…

“About 10 years ago, I was homeless. [Now I’m] sitting in front of you as the World Heavyweight Champion in the WWE. Nobody thought I would be on this stage, and I even doubted myself.”

“It’s one of those things that’s really hard to put into words. It’s like, what’s happening? Starting from two years ago when we formed the Judgment Day, there was kind of an idea of using talent that could possibly be main-eventers or have been main-eventers, but they’re just floating. Then it took off to a different direction, and I’ll be honest, there was a moment that I wasn’t sure it was gonna work. I thought I was done. I wasn’t even sure I was gonna still be here with the company, to be honest. Then I don’t know. It was just the addition obviously with Finn Balor, Rhea, then Dom, and now JD, I feel like all of our differences made something special. All of us bring out the best out of each other. Then flowing into Puerto Rico, and that event, which I still to this day, it was one of the most important matches of my career. The win or loss was inconsequential. It was about representation and what we can do to show off, show off that the company in another country or in another atmosphere could be successful. Now, you see with the business we’re doing in all these other countries, I mean, Australia was incredible. Then we flow into Money in the Bank, which was in London, and that was cool. But even still, you never know what’s gonna happen. It took me a minute to cash in, but you’re talking about one of the greatest, if not the greatest, WrestleMania of all time, in a city where it was 20 minutes away from where I started my career, I did it in front of my father, my brothers, friends, one of the coolest moments of my life. Shoutout to the Philadelphia crowd because they made that really special.” (quotes courtesy of Colin Tessier)