The concept of an NXT Superstar being brought up to the main roster has long been a highly-touted aspect of WWE programming. Beginning when Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, and Seth Rollins made the jump from the black-and-gold brand to the main roster at Survivor Series 2012, there have since been several successful transitions made.
Cameron Grimes appears to be the next to make the move. Per Dave Meltzer in the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the former ‘Richest Man in NXT’ is expected to join either the Raw or SmackDown roster imminently. All that’s keeping him in NXT right now is his feud vs. Joe Gacy. It’s believed that when this reaches a conclusion, so will Grimes’ time in the supposed developmental brand.
His most recent bout in NXT saw Grimes felled by Gacy on the November 8 edition of the show. Ava Raine, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s daughter and newest addition to The Schism, aided the former CZW World Heavyweight Champion in victory.
An NXT Superstar for the past nearly four years, Cameron Grimes has previous main roster experience. He appeared on a Monday Night Raw broadcast to enlist the services of Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows against Joe Gacy and The Dyad, while also appearing on the October 20 Main Event. There, he bested Akira Tozawa.
Cameron Grimes Was A Major Indie Star Before Joining NXT
Prior to his February 2019 arrival in WWE, Cameron Grimes was a popular mainstay on the independent circuit. Competing as Trevor Lee, ‘The Carolina Caveman’ was a regular fixture in IMPACT, PWG, and AAW. This included reigns as World Tag Team Champion in each, as well as with the X Division and Heritage Championships in IMPACT and AAW, respectively.
His final match on the independent circuit was a successful defence of the CWF: Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship against Cain Justice at the aptly-titled End Of An Era. Vacating the title, this ended his dominating run at 1,085 days.