WWE star Cameron Grimes ready to end unwanted streak at NXT Takeover

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WWE NXT star Cameron Grimes has vowed to silence his doubters as he battles for the iconic Million Dollar Championship at Takeover: In Your House this weekend.

Come Sunday, June 13, the loudmouth North Carolinian wrestles LA Knight in what is shaping up to be arguably the biggest match of his NXT career.

He's largely utilised his brand in a comedic role, his undoubted talent perhaps overshadowed by a wacky, over-the-top personality.

Now he has the opportunity to pick up what would be a first-ever win at a Takeover event – NXT’s marquee series of shows – and prove to those who doubt it that he’s capable of great things between the ropes.

Speaking exclusively to the Daily Star, Grimes, who plays the role of The Richest Man in NXT, stayed in character at times, but chinks of his real desire and determination shone through as he looks to grasp what would be a standout career moment.

"Cameron Grimes has always been a great, in-ring performer,” he explained.

“But people have overlooked that.. [I've] always been overlooked as the guy who looks dirty, the hairy man.

"I can put it down in that ring, and if you'd followed my career, you'd know I can put it down in the ring.

"Here I am, 27 years old, and the things I do in the ring, you haven't seen before. That's the difference between me and a lot of these other guys.

"These other guys are imitating, I'm procreating. Cameron Grimes does stuff you've never seen before in a world where you've seen at all."

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WWE as a whole is readying itself for the return of fans after well over a year with much of its content across Raw, SmackDown and NXT filmed without a live audience.

"I think about it all the time,” adds Grimes. “Last year was a crazy year, nobody expected that we'd have COVID, and the world was shut down. But then, in 2020, Cameron Grimes was the most used male figure on NXT television.

"I'm being overlooked, but somebody isn't overlooking me because I'm on every episode!"

Sunday’s contest against Knight brings to a head a rivalry that has seen the on-screen return of Ted DiBiase, the Million Dollar Man – a legend of the wrestling industry and a major player in WWE in the 1980s and 1990s.

Now his Million Dollar Championship is on the line as Grimes and Knight battle it out for his approval in a ladder match that's sure to entertain.

Grimes missed out on watching the former tag team champion in his heyday, and admitted DiBiase’s unpredictability and the general all-action nature of NXT Takeover shows will make for an unmissable mix.

He went on to say: "There's a stat that Ted DiBiase's in-ring career ended two months before I was born, so I never experienced Ted wrestling live like that.

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"He's someone I've only seen as that Hall of Fame, legend type character… [he] wasn't something I got to experience as a child, so I don't know what to expect!

"Takeovers are the shows that everyone tunes in for. You know that when one is happening, the show is going to be bonkers.

"I haven't had a huge opportunity at Takeovers, I've had a couple [but] haven't pulled the trigger yet. I'm hoping that on Sunday I can turn the streak around."

Cameron Grimes and LA Knight battle it out for the Million Dollar Championship at NXT Takeover: In Your House on Sunday, 13 June on WWE Network. Visit wwe.com for more.

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