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Meet Omos, WWE’s 7ft 3in giant mentored by The Undertaker and fast-tracked to face Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania who gave up promising basketball career after falling in love with wrestling… and he eats FOUR steaks as a snack

WWE‘s Omos is a character and performer unlike any many wrestling fans have seen before.

At seven feet and three inches, the 29-year-old is one of the tallest and most powerful stars the company has ever had on their hands.

His journey has been, ironically, short so far, but intense.

At a hotel in Canary Wharf that WWE take over in preparation for their weekend of shows at The O2, Omos strides into the media room where MailSport awaits him with a personality and warmth as big as his frame.

The giant was held up a bit nailing four steaks as a snack following a busy travel day. The former tag team champion jokes the lady that served him couldn’t believe his order, but it was ‘light work’.

WWE star Omos has enjoyed a successful first four years since signing with the company

WWE star Omos has enjoyed a successful first four years since signing with the company

Since joining WWE in 2019, Omos has been a tag team champion with AJ Styles and faced the likes of Brock Lesnar, Seth Rollins and Bobby Lashley in huge match-ups.

At just 29, he’s still early on in his WWE career. And under the tutelage of The Undertaker and the opponents he’s faced, there’s hardly a better set of people to learn from.

‘I truly love what I do. I love wrestling,’ Omos tells Mail Sport’s Alex McCarthy in the build-up to WWE’s Money in the Bank Premium Live Event in London. And that’s the bottom line.

He faced off against WWE legend Brock Lesnar (left) at WrestleMania earlier on this year

He faced off against WWE legend Brock Lesnar (left) at WrestleMania earlier on this year

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Omos went from trying to make it as a basketball player to becoming a professional wrestler. Basketball was never his true love, he admits – he simply tried it because he was tall – but then he hit the jackpot with the WWE.

Mail Sport's Alex McCarthy met with Omos to talk all things WWE

Mail Sport’s Alex McCarthy met with Omos to talk all things WWE

‘I had Johnny Moss and Robbie Brookside as my coaches and the experience with them changed my perspective on everything. I needed to do this,’ he says.

‘I was trying to figure it out. I didn’t know that my basketball journey had come to an end until I went to the tryout. Once I got signed, I didn’t pick up a basketball for two years. It was just wrestling. I know I’m playing a heel on TV, but I’m having so much fun I sometimes have to stop myself from smiling.

‘It’s so much fun. You get to portray a character and people believe in it. They boo you, they cheer you, it’s amazing. There’s nothing like it.’

Since his days on Raw underground – Omos recalls freestyle, in character back and forth promos with Shane McMahon backstage which taught him to be quick on his feet – the stocks of “The Nigerian Giant” have sky-rocketed.

He faced one of the biggest stars in the history of the company, Brock Lesnar, at WrestleMania. He took on world heavyweight champion Seth Rollins at Backlash. He’s partnered with MVP, one of the most iconic names of the modern era in wrestling.

‘I don’t think he gets the credit he deserves,’ Omos says, referring to Lesnar. ‘He’s such an amazing and talented worker. He has figured out this business to the core. From his facial expressions, to his physicality, to his selling. He gets it. Most importantly he understands his role depending on where he’s put. He has such awareness and that’s the person he is.

‘Working with him, at first he was getting a feel for me and making me feel comfortable and he made sure I felt that way around WrestleMania. I remember having a conversation with him about how to prepare and he just said, ‘Don’t worry!’

Omos credits Lesnar as 'an amazing and talented worker' and suggests he 'doesn't get the credit he deserves'

Omos credits Lesnar as ‘an amazing and talented worker’ and suggests he ‘doesn’t get the credit he deserves’

He has enjoyed feuds with some of the top stars and is a unique talent in a WWE ring

He has enjoyed feuds with some of the top stars and is a unique talent in a WWE ring

‘For him, he wanted to see whether I could live up to expectations. Everything in life is a test and I knew I had to go out there and put everything I have learned into that match and I’m glad it came out the way it did.

‘Brock is amazing. He was pleased after. I wanted to make sure he had fun, that’s always my goal. When it’s fun, you want to keep on doing it.’

He is keen to tell the story of how the match came around. Eyebrows were raised when it was announced. Not just from fans, but from Omos himself too.

‘That whole story is insane,’ he says. ‘It was the night after Elimination Chamber and we had Raw in Ottawa. I wasn’t on the show and I was going to do what I was supposed to do, drive back to Montreal to fly home.

‘I was going to get a haircut and one of our producers said whatever you do, don’t go anywhere. I was on the show, but not a match, a backstage. They said it was a backstage with MVP and you guys are going to call out Brock.

‘The moment they said that I just go blank. They keep talking and I couldn’t hear a word they said. They asked if I was OK, I said, “Yes, did you just say Brock Lesnar?” He said yes. I said, “No, THE Brock Lesnar? Woah, OK.”

‘I thought I was getting ribbed. So I go in and get there early and I see Paul Heyman. I say hi, he says Brock is coming and I know it’s real. This is happening.’

Omos has also faced off against the likes of world heavyweight champion Seth Rollins recently

Omos has also faced off against the likes of world heavyweight champion Seth Rollins recently

WWE Hall of Famer The Undertaker has taken Omos under his wing to help him improve

WWE Hall of Famer The Undertaker has taken Omos under his wing to help him improve

He made sure to call The Undertaker before the match and after. The Hall of Famer has been a mentor to several up and coming WWE stars, but has taken Omos under his wing to help his development.

In March, The Undertaker told Mail Online that he’s ‘really high’ on Omos as a performer and as a human being. And it appears he’s willing to take the time to pass on advice whenever he can.

‘He has become a voice in my mind,’ Omos says of the former “Dead Man”. ‘When I’m wrestling, I think, what would Undertaker do, what would he say?

‘I get told what to do on TV and I’m processing it with what The Undertaker told me. Would he do this? He said to do it this way. He has become my special advisory.’

One of Omos’ best feuds so far was with Bobby Lashley in 2022, which saw MVP turn on his former ally to begin managing his now-partner.

He also enjoyed a long-running feud with Bobby Lashley, who he brands one of his greatest friends in wrestling

He also enjoyed a long-running feud with Bobby Lashley, who he brands one of his greatest friends in wrestling

He's now managed by veteran MVP, who he also praises for passing on helpful advice

He’s now managed by veteran MVP, who he also praises for passing on helpful advice

Though he claims ignorance regarding the Hurt Business potentially getting back together and being a part of it, Omos speaks highly of MVP and Lashley, who he later brands two of his best friends in Wrestling.

‘I learnt a lot,’ he says regarding the feud. ‘Before this Mania, I told Bobby thank you. Brock is very intense. If I hadn’t worked with Bobby, I don’t think I’d have been prepared as a worker to face Brock. So me wrestling him got me prepared. That’s not possible without the work I put in with Bobby Lashley.

‘With MVP, we ride together. House shows, on tour. It’s like a big brother little brother relationship.

‘He has helped me a lot, he doesn’t hold his tongue, he tells you how he feels about everything. He’s a terrible liar. If I ask if I’m good, he gives me feedback and has been a lot of help in my development as well.’

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