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Grimes' return, three Dusty Classic matches set for next WWE NXT


- For the first time since December, Cameron Grimes is set to appear on NXT television.

WWE has announced that Grimes will make his return on next Wednesday's episode of NXT. Grimes hasn't appeared since an angle where his leg was attacked by Timothy Thatcher on the December 9 edition of NXT.

Grimes lost a strap match against Dexter Lumis at NXT TakeOver: WarGames in December. Grimes then lost to Tommaso Ciampa on the post-TakeOver: WarGames episode of NXT, with Grimes getting into a confrontation with Thatcher after the match and having his leg attacked. It was said the following week that Grimes would be out of action for 4-6 weeks.

Dave Meltzer reported that Grimes underwent minor surgery in December and was expected to return in late January or early February. The surgery was believed to be arthroscopic knee surgery. Meltzer wrote that Grimes' knee had been bothering him and the decision was made to get it taken care of before it got worse.

- Next week's NXT is the go-home show for TakeOver: Vengeance Day. The episode will also feature three Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic matches.

Both semifinal matches in the men's Dusty Classic will take place on NXT next Wednesday. Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher will face The Grizzled Young Veterans (Zack Gibson & James Drake), while MSK (Wes Lee & Nash Carter) will take on Legado Del Fantasma's Raul Mendoza & Joaquin Wilde. The winning teams will face each other in the men's Dusty Classic finals at TakeOver: Vengeance Day on Sunday, February 14.

Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell will also face Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon in a women's Dusty Classic semifinal match on NXT next Wednesday. The winning team will go on to face Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez in the tournament finals at TakeOver: Vengeance Day.