LA Knight defeats Cameron Grimes at NXT TakeOver: In Your House 2021 to become WWE’s first Million Dollar Champion in more than a decade.
TO NXT TakeOver: at your home In 2021, LA Knight defeated fellow NXT Superstar Cameron Grimes in a ladder match to become the first WWE Million Dollar Champion in more than a decade.
One of the June 8 episode NXTMillion Dollar Championship creator Ted DiBiase reintroduced the retired title, revealing that the new champion would be decided in a ladder match between Cameron Grimes and LA Knight this year. In his house event. LA Knight ultimately reigned victorious, becoming the first Million Dollar Champion since 2010.
A member of the WWE Hall of Fame, Theodore Marvin DiBiase wrestled for WWE, then known as WWF, in the 1980s and 1990s as “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase, one of the defining high-heeled characters. the age. After DiBiase repeatedly failed to capture the WWF Championship, he created the Million Dollar Championship, an unauthorized title that he rarely defended. While there has been much debate over whether or not the Million Dollar Championship should be recognized as an official WWE title, the belt is undeniably iconic, both on its own and as part of DiBiase’s on-screen personality.
DiBiase originally unveiled the Million Dollar Championship in February 1989, and his first reign with the belt lasted 922 days. DiBiase lost the title to his former coach Virgil in August 1991. Virgil then returned the title to DiBiase three months later, in November. DiBiase’s second reign as Million Dollar Champion ended after 88 days in February 1992, when he retired the belt after winning the WWF Tag Team Championships with Irwin R. Schyster.
DiBiase revived the Million Dollar Championship in December 1995 and awarded the belt to The Ringmaster, who would make a name for himself as “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. Austin’s reign as the Million Dollar Champion ended in May 1996 when the belt was retired for the second time.
The Million Dollar Championship was revived once again in April 2010 when DiBiase awarded the title to his son, professional wrestler Ted DiBiase Jr., who held the belt for 224 days. Ted Jr. relinquished the title in November 2010, at which point he retired once again. With his victory in In his house, LA Knight joins the exclusive club of Ted DiBiase, Virgil, Steve Austin and Ted DiBiase Jr., becoming the fifth million dollar champion in history.
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