Cameron Grimes

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Cameron Grimes
Trevor Lee (RoH 2014).jpg
Grimes in January 2014
Birth nameTrevor Lee Caddell
Born (1993-09-30) September 30, 1993 (age 27)
Cameron, North Carolina, United States[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Cameron Grimes[2]
Trevor Lee
Billed height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[3]
Billed weight220 lb (100 kg)[2][3]
Billed fromBurlington, North Carolina[2]
Cameron, North Carolina[4]
Trained byJeff Rudd[1]
Jeff Hardy[1]
Matt Hardy[1]

Trevor Lee Caddell (born September 30, 1993)[5] is an American professional wrestler, better known by the ring name Trevor Lee.[2][6] He is currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the NXT brand under the ring name Cameron Grimes.

He is best known for his time in Impact Wrestling and Pro Wrestling Guerilla (PWG), where he wrestled under his given names as Trevor Lee.[3] He is a former three-time Impact X Division Champion, one-time TNA World Tag Team Champion with Brian Myers and one-time PWG Tag Team Champion with Andrew Everett. After being trained by Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy, Lee wrestled for various independent promotions, including Global Force Wrestling, OMEGA Championship Wrestling and PWG before making his national debut for Impact Wrestling in 2015.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (2014–2019)[edit]

Caddell began his career working for numerous independent promotions under the name Trevor Lee, starting with CWF-Mid Atlantic in North Carolina. He then made his debut with Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG) on March 28, 2014, at Mystery Vortex II, losing to Andrew Everett in a three-way match also involving Cedric Alexander.[7] However, Lee received a big push in PWG, defeating the top names of the promotion. On July 26, 2014, at Eleven, Lee picked up a huge upset win by defeating three-time PWG World Champion, Kevin Steen in Steen's farewell match for the company.[8] Lee was one of 24 participants in the 2014 Battle of Los Angeles tournament. Lee defeated Cedric Alexander in the 1st round and Michael Elgin in the quarter-finals, before ultimately losing to Johnny Gargano in the semi-finals.[9] On October 17, 2014, at Untitled II, Lee defeated the longest reigning PWG World Champion in the title's history, Adam Cole.[10] On December 12, 2014, at Black Cole Sun, Lee defeated yet another PWG World Champion, Chris Hero.[11] On February 27, 2015, at From Out of Nowhere, Lee received his first shot at the PWG World Championship against Roderick Strong, but was unsuccessful in his attempt.[12] On May 22, 2015 Lee and Andrew Everett won the 2015 DDT4 tournament, defeating the PWG World Tag Team Champions The Beaver Boys (Alex Reynolds and John Silver) in the finals to win the tournament and also the PWG World Tag Team Championship.[13] On June 26, 2015, at Mystery Vortex III, Lee and Everett lost the PWG World Tag Team Championship to The Young Bucks, following outside interference from PWG World Champion, Roderick Strong.[14] On July 24, at Pro Wrestling Guerrilla's 12 year anniversary show, Threemendous IV, Trevor Lee defeated Tommaso Ciampa via Small Package Driver after a hard-hitting match.[15] He entered PWG's Battle Of Los Angeles tournament on the first night defeating Trent?. The second night he teamed up with Biff Busick and Andrew Everett to take on Mount Rushmore 2.0 (The Young Bucks and Super Dragon) on a six-man Guerrilla Warfare match, which his team lost. In the third night he lost in the second round of the tournament against Marty Scurll.

At PWG's All Star Weekend 11, he began to show heel traits such as cheap shotting opponents before matches and insulting the crowd. He achieved victory on both nights defeating Will Ospreay on night one, and Matt Sydal on night two. He entered the 2016 Battle of Los Angeles and made it all the way to the finals, a three-way elimination match where along with Marty Scurll eliminated Will Ospreay before once again tapping to Scurll's crossface chicken wing submission. On February 18, 2017, at Only Kings Understand Each Other, Lee defeat Cody Rhodes. Following that Lee started a losing streak for the rest of 2017 losing to the likes of Lio Rush, Keith Lee, Chuck Taylor and Ricochet.

Lee later entered into the 2017 edition of the Battle Of Los Angeles, getting eliminated in the first round by Donovan Dijak. At PWG All Star Weekend 14, Lee was defeated by Rey Horus on night one but defeated Morgan Webster on night two. In the 2018 Battle Of Los Angeles, Lee defeated Marko Stunt in the first round, then Brody King in the second round, but lost to Jeff Cobb in the semi finals. On October 19, at Smokey and the Bandido, Lee defeated Darby Allin. Lee wrestled at PWG's Hand of Doom on January 18, 2019 against the current champion Jeff Cobb in a losing effort. Following the match, Lee gave a farewell address to crowd as he is headed to WWE.[16]

Independent circuit (2014–2019)[edit]

Lee has also wrestled for other independent companies, including OMEGA Championship Wrestling, where on May 21, 2015, he won the OMEGA Heavyweight Championship in a triple threat match that included his mentor Matt Hardy. On February 27, 2016, Lee - while wrestling at a CWF Mid-Atlantic event - defeated Roy Wilkins in one hour and forty-five minutes (105 minutes) to win the CWF Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship.[17]

At All American Wrestling's AAW Showdown 2018, Lee defeated DJ Z to win the AAW Heritage Championship. [18] On April 7, 2018, Lee unsuccessfully challenged ACH for the AAW Heavyweight Championship. On November 24, 2018 he wrestled ACH to a 60-min time limit draw for AAW. DJZ regained the Heritage Championship beating Lee on December 8, 2018. His first match of 2019 was a successful defense of his CWF Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight title against Cain Justice.[19]

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling / Impact Wrestling[edit]

The Helms Dynasty (2015–2017)[edit]

Trevor Lee (right) with Brian Myers in October 2015

Lee made his Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) debut on the August 12, 2015 episode of Impact Wrestling, where he teamed with Brian Myers as part of Team GFW and lost to The Wolves. On the September 2 episode of Impact Wrestling, Lee and Myers defeated The Wolves in a rematch to win the TNA World Tag Team Championship[20] with help from Sonjay Dutt. The next week on the September 9, 2015 episode of Impact Westling they lost the title to The Wolves.[21] On October 4, at Bound for Glory, Lee and Myers had a rematch for the TNA World Tag Team Championship against The Wolves but were unsuccessful.

After a four-month hiatus; on February 2, 2016 episode of Impact Wrestling, Lee defeated Tigre Uno to win the TNA X Division Championship with the help from his new manager Gregory Shane Helms.[22] During the reign, he successfully retain his title against Tigre Uno in a two rematch, Eddie Edwards and DJZ. In April, Andrew Everett joined Lee and Helms, forming The Helms Dynasty. At Slammiversary, he lost his title against Eddie Edwards in a four-way who including Everett and DJZ. At Destination X, he lost a ladder match for #1 contendership to the X Division Championship. On October 2 at Bound for Glory, Lee unsuccessfully challenged DJZ for the X Division Championship. On the February 2, 2017 episode of Impact Wrestling, he defeated DJZ to win the TNA X Division Championship for the second time. The following week, Everett was attacked by Lee and Helms, and kicked out of The Helms Dynasty. On the April 20 episode of Impact Wrestling, Lee lost the X Division Championship to Low Ki in a Six Way match also including Everett, Sonjay Dutt, Dezmond Xavier and Suicide.

The Cult of Lee (2017–2019)[edit]

On the July 6 episode of Impact, he attacked new X Division Champion Sonjay Dutt after his match with Caleb Konley and stole the X Division Championship, declaring himself the new X Division Champion. He then began "defending" the X Division Championship against handpicked local competitors and even wrestled with the title around his waist. On the August 17 episode of Impact, Dutt retained his title against Trevor Lee after interference from returning Petey Williams. On the September 14 episode of Impact!, Caleb Konley would form an alliance with Lee where he would help him regain the X Division Championship in a Falls Count Anywhere match. Lee would go on to recruit former Helms Dynasty teammate Andrew Everett to face Sonjay Dutt, Petey Williams and Matt Sydal on the October 5 episode of Impact! in a losing effort.[23]

On the November 9, 2017 episode of Impact, Lee would lose the X Division Championship against Taiji Ishimori. In January 2018, Lee and Konley would start a feud against The Latin American Xchange, defeating them on January 11, thus earning a championship match that they lose. On the July 26 episode of Impact, Lee was defeated by Johnny Impact. On December 31, 2018, his contract with Impact Wrestling expired. To write him off television they did an angle where Killer Kross punched a concrete block through his face. This aired on the January 3, 2019 episode of Impact.[24]

WWE (2019–present)[edit]

After leaving Impact Wrestling, Lee revealed on January 12, 2019 at a CWF Mid-Atlantic show, that he signed a contract with WWE.[25] It was made official on February 11, 2019 as he begun working at the WWE Performance Center.[26] Shortly after he started appearing at NXT live events in the Florida area,[27] he made his Full Sail University debut in a dark match before the May 1 NXT television tapings, defeating Shane Strickland.[28] In June, his ring name was changed to Cameron Grimes.[29] That same month, it was announced that Grimes will compete in a tournament named NXT Breakout Tournament,[30] where he made his debut on the July 3 episode of NXT, defeating Isaiah "Swerve" Scott in the first round of the tournament.[31] On the July 31 episode of NXT, Grimes defeated Bronson Reed to move on to the final round against Jordan Myles (formerly known as ACH). On September 18, Grimes defeated Sean Maluta on NXT's debut on the USA Network.[32] Over the next few weeks, Grimes would develop a winning streak defeating the likes of Raul Mendoza and Boa. On the October 23 episode of NXT, Grimes was defeated by Matt Riddle. Grimes would begin a feud with Kushida when he attacked him backstage after Kushida had beat him. On the December 11 edition of NXT, Kushida cost Grimes his match against Raul Mendoza and would taunt him by stealing his signature hat. The following week, Grimes defeated Kushida to end the feud. After defeating Dominik Dijakovic on the February 26, 2020 episode of NXT, Grimes would issue a challenge to Keith Lee for the North American Championship which Lee accepted. On the March 11 episode of NXT, he faced Lee for the North American Championship in a losing effort. On the May 6 episode of NXT, he defeated Denzel Dejournette but was attacked by Finn Balor after the match who Grimes had called out earlier. The following week, Grimes defeated Balor in a match following interference from Damian Priest. Grimes would go on to flaunt his victory over Balor while mocking Priest for losing to Balor at NXT TakeOver: In Your House and calling him a loser which led to Priest attacking him backstage. On the June 17 episode of NXT, Priest found the tires of his Dodge Challenger to be punctured which turned out to be done by Grimes who once again mocked Priest.[33] Priest would challenge Grimes to a match the following week. Prior to the match, Priest was attacked and came into the match injured, giving Grimes the victory. A rematch was scheduled on the June 24 episode of NXT in which Grimes lost.[34] On the August 12 episode of NXT, Grimes defeated Velveteen Dream and Kushida to qualify for the NXT North American Championship ladder match at NXT Takeover XXX.[35] At the event, Grimes was unsuccessful at capturing the title.[36]

Personal life[edit]

Caddell is the son of Tracey Caddell, a professional wrestler and promoter, who died on July 29, 2018.[37]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Lee as the Impact X Division Champion in 2017


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