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Carmelo Hayes Becomes Two-Time NXT North American Champion

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Carmelo Hayes is the new NXT North American Champion after overcoming Cameron Grimes.

Heading into NXT In Your House, many fans expected the North American Title clash between Cameron Grimes and Carmelo Hayes to steal the show.

In a fast-paced bout, neither man could gain a firm advantage until Trick Williams decided to make his presence felt. Williams first attempted to tie Grimes’ hand to the ring rope, but the champion broke free and fought back, only to be tripped by the man on the outside shortly after.

From here on out the action kicked up multiple gears, but again, it was Trick Williams proved decisive. He sacrificed himself by taking a Cave In from Grimes, who was shoved into the turnbuckle, this allowed Hayes to hit a top-rope leg drop for the win.

Cameron Grimes had held the NXT North American Championship since emerging victorious in a Fatal-Five-Way Ladder match at Stand & Deliver. Interestingly that bout was a match that Carmelo Hayes as champion had asked for.

In the weeks that followed, Grimes agreed to face Solo Sikoa but Hayes and Trick Williams interfered costing the challenger. This led to a Triple Threat Match at Spring Breakin’ which Grimes won. However, with the rivalry far from over, Grimes agreed to face Hayes one more time at In Your House.