Kenneth Cameron (wrestler)
|Ring name(s)||Brendon Fraser
Kenneth The Great
|Billed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Billed weight||214 lb (97 kg)|
August 6, 1986 |
|Billed from||Harrogate, England|
|Trained by||Jeff Kaye|
Thomas Raymond Latimer (born August 6, 1986) is an English professional wrestler and actor. He is best known for working in World Wrestling Entertainment's developmental territories Florida Championship Wrestling and NXT Wrestling under the ring name Kenneth Cameron.
Professional wrestling career
Although Latimer didn't grow up watching professional wrestling, mainly because his family didn't have Sky TV, he later discovered a video recording of WrestleMania 8 and later King of the Ring 1998 and from then on in he was hooked on wrestling. Latimer initially debuted in wrestling as a referee in 2002 and eventually began to wrestle with no prior training. He began wrestling small promotion called SWWA in Birmingham where he wrestled as Tom Savage until 2003 when he moved to Harrogate and joined a wrestling school in Leeds run by World of Sport veteran Jeff Kaye. He changed his name to Brendon Fraser at a festival called the Bulldog Bash. Later in 2005 before a squash match WWE wanted him to change his name, therefore he changed Brendon to Brandon and because he was nicknamed T at Jeff Kaye's wrestling school he put the two together to become Brandon T. In said squash match he teamed up with fellow Jeff Kaye wrestling school member, Chris Chaos to take on Snitsky & Tyson Tomko on Heat on November 21, 2005. Latimer debuted for All Star Wrestling on July 7, 2008, losing to Drew McDonald. He would spend most of the remaining decade wrestling for ASW until signing with WWE. His last match was tag team over the top rope elimination match when he teamed with Kid Cool, Shadow Phoenix and Tony Spitfire and lost to Dave Mastiff, Mikey Whiplash, Rampage Brown and Spud.
World Wrestling Entertainment
Developmental territories (2010–2012)
Latimer signed with WWE in late 2010 and debuted at WWE's developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling on January 20, 2011 as Kenneth Cameron. He teamed with fellow British debutant Monty Lynch in a losing effort against the FCW Florida Tag Team Champions Damien Sandow and Titus O'Neill in a non-title bout. The pair won their first match in FCW only a week later against Jacob Novak and an unknown wrestler. Cameron's first few television appearances came in the form of losing to established FCW talent such as Brodus Clay, this is customary in most wrestling promotions around the world.
On August 28, 2011, Ricardo Rodriguez announced the formation of a stable called the Ascension, with members including Cameron, Conor O'Brian, Tito Colon, and Raquel Diaz. The first match to include all members in some capacity came on September 1, 2011, and saw Cameron, Colon and O’Brian, accompanied by Diaz, defeating CJ Parker, Donny Marlow and Johnny Curtis. On September 30, Cameron and Colon had a shot at the FCW Tag Team Championship but lost to the current champions of CJ Parker and Donny Marlow. By October, however, the Ascension was no longer associated with Rodriguez, as video packages promoting the Ascension in new supernatural dark characters only featured the other four Ascension members without Rodriguez. By the end of November the Ascension had all but disbanded because O'Brian was injured, Colon had been called up to WWE to team with his cousin Primo, and Diaz became Queen of FCW and distanced herself from the group. This left Cameron as the sole survivor of the Ascension and he continued to use the Ascension gimmick during his appearances. However the disintegration of the Ascension would prove to be beneficial for Cameron as he would go onto a three month singles winning streak beating the likes of Jiro and Calvin Raines until he finally lost to Colin Cassady on February 23, 2012. On March 15, 2012 Cameron was accompanied to the ring by the returning Conor O'Brian in his match against Byron Saxton, the match ended in disqualification when O'Brian interfered. Cameron and O'Brian began wrestling as a tag team using the name The Ascension, and their first tag team match together came on March 23 when the two defeated Jason Jordan and Xavier Woods. The Ascension suffered their first loss when the pair lost to the FCW Tag Team Champions, Corey Graves and Jake Carter, in a title bout. After this loss the Ascension would go on another winning streak which included defeating Adam Mercer & Chad Baxter and Jason Jordan & Mike Dalton and Brad Maddox & Rick Victor in a fatal four way elimination match.
When WWE rebranded its developmental territory, FCW, into NXT Wrestling, Cameron and O'Brian (wrestling as the Ascension) debuted on the first episode of the rebooted of WWE NXT taped at Full Sail University, where they defeated Mike Dalton and CJ Parker. The Ascension then started a feud with the Usos, defeating them on the September 5 NXT, and also scored a win over Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd on the October 3 NXT. Two weeks later, the Ascension teamed up with Kassius Ohno to defeat Richie Steamboat and the Usos.
Latimer was released from WWE on November 30, 2012 after being charged with battery of a law enforcement officer and disorderly intoxication in St. Petersburg, Florida. Latimer had previously been arrested in January 2011 for driving under the influence.
Independent circuit (2013-present)
After his non-compete clause expired, Latimer began competing on the independent circuit while reusing the Kenneth Cameron ring name and The Ascension gimmick, as he lost to Tommy Taylor at an NWA Florida Underground Wrestling event on February 9, 2013. Under the name Kenneth the Great, he made his debut for World Xtreme Wrestling on the February 27 episode of WXW Rage where he lost to CJ Doyle. Cameron would wrestle at Full Impact Pro Establish Dominance and defeated Johnny Vandal. After the match,Larry Dallas, who was at ringside with Scott Reed, Trina Michaels & Buggy Nova offered Cameron a spot with The Scene, which Cameron turned down. Vandal then attacked Cameron and asked to join The Scene. On the April 3 episode of WXW Rage, after defeating Tony Torres, Kenneth came out to the ring and demanded a shot at the recently vacated WXW Television Championship which he got after laying out Doyle. He would go on to lose to Doyle. At FIP Ascension, Cameron would team up with Tommy Taylor to take on new Scene members, the Bravado Brothers (Harlem and Lance), which they lost after interference by the Scene. At FUW Throwdown 2, Cameron took on Bruce Santee in a match for the NWA FUW Bruiserweight Championship, which he would lose. At FUW Throwdown 3, Cameron helped Rule Britannia (Andreas Rossi and Tommy Taylor) defeat JD Maverick and James Alexander after interfering in their match and also becoming the third member of Rule Britannia. On June 9 at an FUW event, Cameron was defeated by Michael Tarver in a NWA FUW Heavyweight Championship match. On September 1 FUW TV tapings, Cameron defeated Tommy Taylor, after the match, both men shook hands in a sign of respect for each other. At FUW Throwdown 7, Cameron took on Kahagas for the NWA North American Heavyweight Championship and lost. On November 14, 2013, Kenneth and Taylor debuted in Ring Warriors, but they were defeated by Los Ben Dejos.
Latimer filmed some scenes for a movie called Best Buds 2D and has joined as a member of the cast in The Adventures of William Strickland: Chick Magnet. He is active on various other projects as well.
|Year||Film or Series||Role||Notes|
|2013||Best Buds 2D||In production|
|2013||Blind Tag||Brice Allen Mitchell||Action Film Challenge Award for Best Hero|
|2013||Of Dice and Men: The Musical||Barbarian|
|2013||The Adventures of William Strickland: Chick Magnet||Ellison||In production|
|2013||The Shovel||The Figure||In production|
- Signature moves
- With Conor O'Brian
- The Great
- Entrance themes
Championships and accomplishments
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI ranked him #308 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2012
- http://www.cagematch.net/?id=2&nr=4310/[unreliable source]
- "NXT Profile". WWE. Retrieved October 5.
- http://www.cagematch.net/?id=2&nr=4310&page=4/[unreliable source]
- http://www.cagematch.net/?id=1&nr=61474[unreliable source]
- http://forums.onlineworldofwrestling.com/showthread.php/17403-FCW-Ascension[unreliable source]
- http://www.cagematch.net/?id=1&nr=78916[unreliable source]
- "WWE News: FCW name being phased out". Wrestling Observer. Retrieved August 14, 2012.
- Bishop, Matt. "WWE NXT: Kidd, McGillicutty start new show off in style". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
- James, Justin. "JAMES'S WWE NXT REPORT 8/15 - Week 9: Gold Rush tournament continues, Scotty 2 Hotty cameo, Overall Reax". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
- James, Justin. "JAMES'S WWE NXT RESULTS 9/5: Hero (Ohno) vs. Steamboats feud, Ross interviews new NXT champ, Clay, Usos, more". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
- James, Justin. "JAMES'S WWE NXT REPORT 10/3 - Week 16: Kidd & Gabriel main event, Showtime is back, Ohno-Steamboat issue continues, Overall Reax". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
- James, Justin. "JAMES'S WWE NXT REPORT 10/17 - Week 17: Six-man tag main event, Barreta & others, Overall Reax". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 29 November 2012.
- Johnson, Mike. "WWE TALENT ARRESTED, RELEASED". PWInsider. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
- Trionfo, Richard (2013-03-15). "COMPLETE FIP ESTABLISH DOMINANCE iPPV COVERAGE: JON DAVIS VERSUS SAMURAY DEL SOL; DOS BEN DEJOS VERSUS THE SCENE; MAXWELL CHICAGO, A SURPRISE RETURN TO THE COMPANY; AND MORE". Pro Wrestling Illustrated. Retrieved 2013-03-15.
- Trionfo, Richard (2013-04-26). "COMPLETE FIP ASCENSION REPORT: HOMICIDE VERSUS JON DAVIS; DOS BEN DEJOS VERSUS KOA; BRAVADOS MAKE THEIR PRESENCE KNOWN; IS IT TIME TO START CHICAGOING?". Pro Wrestling Illustrated. Retrieved 2013-04-26.
- "NWA FUW Saturday May 25 Results". NWA Florida Underground Wrestling. 2013-05-25. Retrieved 2013-05-31.
- "Florida Full Throtle Presents: NWA FUW June 9 Results". NWA Florida Underground Wrestling. 2013-06-09. Retrieved 2013-06-14.
- Short, Josh. "9/12 Short's NXT Review: Tyson Kidd vs. Michael McGillicutty in a No. 1 Contenders Match, Jey Uso vs. Kenneth Cameron, Big E Langston and Damien Sandow in singles matches, wrestler's return announced". Prowrestling.net. Retrieved September 17.
- Trionfo, Richard. "WWE NXT REPORT: KASSIUS OHNO MAKES A STATEMENT; BIG E LANGSTON RAISES IT TO FIVE; SETH ROLLINS DOES SOMETHING LOGICAL WHEN CONFRONTED BY AN OPPONENT; WHERE'S TRENT; AND KIDD/MCGILLICUTTY IN THE MAIN EVENT". PWInsider. Retrieved September 15.
- Trionfo, Richard. "WWE NXT REPORT: NXT TITLE MATCH NEXT WEEK; OHNO/STEAMBOAT CONTINUES; ASCENSION IN ACTION; CM PUNK TO MAKE AN APPEARANCE NEXT WEEK". PWInsider. Retrieved October 5.
- Trionfo, Richard. "WWE NXT REPORT: A NEW SETTING; A NEW COMMENTARY TEAM; SOME NEW FACES; THE USUAL FROM TYSON KIDD AND MICHAEL MCGILLICUTTY". PWInsider. Retrieved 7 July 2012. "O’Brian tags back in and they hit the DownCast (Cameron with a jaw breaker and Conor with a flapjack) for the three count."
- Bishop, Matt. "WWE NXT: Steamboat, Ohno continue on". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 7 October 2012.
- Trionfo, Richard. "WWE NXT REPORT: THE FIRST NXT CHAMPION IS CROWNED; DOES LIGHTNING STRIKE TWICE FOR DALTON AND JORDAN?; DID WE SEE THE MOST DOMINANT FORCE IN NXT IN THE RING?; THE USOS AND ASCENSION BATTLE". PWInsider. Retrieved 8 September 2012. "The Ascension with Total Elimination to Jey on the floor. They give Jimmy Total Elimination in the ring."