Dexter Lumis has made a career out of playing a disquieting sociopath, whether in his current NXT role, or dating back to his time with Impact Wrestling as Samuel Shaw.
NXT coach Brian "Road Dogg" James revealed on WWE After the Bell that he sought to push the envelope with Lumis as a character, and suggested a rather notable spot that seems to fit Lumis' MO.
“He is interesting as a character and people want to know more about him," James said. "As a human being, he's a great guy with a lot of really cool talents and we'll be getting into those. But again, it wasn't me. It was a team effort. So, I had a class before the TV started. Of course, we didn't do much in-ring stuff because I wasn't an in-ring guy. We watched a lot of tape, talked about a lot of characters.
"He was one that I got really interested in and I went way too far with. I had him licking people in a rear chin lock and lick their cheek, you know, just go way too far. Then you see what works and what doesn't work. It's easy to reel it back. The hard part is getting them out of their comfort zone and get them to go that far and then you can kind of reel it back in and control it a little bit.”
James also notes the higher ceiling for Lumis and his performances, adding, "His character alone has already got us thinking like main events and stuff like that. You know what I mean? Like this guy, he wasn't even on TV three months ago, and now we're talking about putting him in that picture, you know? So, he's just a really cool one.”
(Credit to Fightful for transcription)