Ricochet before unmasking as Prince Puma
|From||Boyle Heights, California|
|Debut||6th January 2016|
Debut & Championship pursuits (2016)
On January 6th 2016, Prince Puma made his debut on NXT in a 6-Man Battle Royal to qualify for the 2016 Royal Rumble Match. Puma won the match by last eliminating Rick Rude. Prince Puma was drafted to Raw in early April, where he was quickly ranked a top contender for Ric Flair's Intercontinental Championship. Puma would go on to face Austin Aries in a #1 contenders match for the championship, defeating Aries. Puma will challenge Flair for the championship at Backlash in May. On the April 25th edition of Raw, Puma faced WWE Champion, Triple H, in a non-title match. During the match Triple H targetted Puma's legs, weakening him for Flair's signature Figure-4 Leg Lock, Puma lost to Triple H. At Backlash, Puma lost to Flair after Flair capitalized off of the injuries caused by Triple H to Puma's legs. Puma entered the Joker's Wild Tournament in May, being randomly paired with James Storm, the two advanced after defeating Kurt Angle & The Hurricane. They advanced further into the tournament on June 13th, defeating Randy Orton & Batista. Storm was attacked by Orton & Batista, injuring and taking him out of the tournament. Puma was informed he would need to find a new partner for the tournament final the next week.
At Money in the Bank, Puma competed in the Tertiary Championship Money in the Bank Ladder Match, but was unsuccessful as the match was won by Hideo Itami. The following night, Puma competed in the tournament finals with replacement partner Suicide, the team defeated Drago & Joey Ryan to earn a WWE Tag Team Championship Match with Edge & Christian at Battleground.