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'American Grit' sends Cameron "The Wrestler" Zagami home heading into the finals


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 06/03/2016 

American Grit eliminated another member of Army Ranger Nick "The Reaper" Irving's team, Cameron "The Wrestler" Zagami, during Thursday night's broadcast on Fox.

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Cam, a 22-year-old professional wrestler, was one of two remaining members on Nick's team. After being chosen to compete in "the circus," Cam was the first person to give up and ring the bell, ultimately sealing her fate in the new survival and military-themed reality competition.

"It's weird when it all hits you at once and you have to say goodbye. It sucks I'm not going to make it to the finals, but I'm leaving with no regrets here," Cam said following his ouster.

American Grit's episode began with host John Cena explaining the four teams led by military heroes would embark on another challenge called an "evolution." The four leaders are Nick, Marine Gunnery Sergeante Tawanda "Tee" Hanible, Army Sergeant Noah Galloway, and Navy SEAL Commander Rorke Denver.

Nick's team was comprised of Cam and Jim "The Boston Cop" Vaglica, a 54-year-old police officer.

The only remaining civilian on Tee's team was Tony "Touchdown Tony" Simmons, a 41-year-old sports performance coach and former NFL player.

Noah's team consisted of David "The Olympian" Neville, a 31-year-old college track and field head coach; Clare "The Fisherman" Painter, a 47-year-old horse trainer and fisherman; and Mark "The Lumberjack" Bouquin, a 26-year-old Timbersports athlete.

Rorke had recruited Tabatha "The Roller Girl" Chandler, a 39-year-old registered nurse; Mario "The Triathlete" Robinson, a 25-year-old personal trainer; and Ashley "The Marine's Daughter" Hazlett, a 31-year-old event coordinator.

The season's eighth evolution required each team to barricade their own bunker to protect a flag at all costs. The objective, however, was to break into the opposing team's bunker to retrieve its flag.

The first team to finish the course would not participate in the circus and therefore be safe from elimination. In addition, the winning team would be allowed a visit from loved ones at home.

Tony ended up winning the whole thing for Tee's team. However, Tony was nice enough to give up his reward for Ashley, who hadn't seen her father in four months because he serves in the military. Tony's decision led to a tear-filled reunion that was beautiful to watch.

John then explained the three losing teams must send one member into the circus, the most brutal combination of military exercises which Rorke previously described as "a savage beating." The first person to give up/fail/pass out in the circus and ring the bell would be sent home.

Rorke, Nick and Noah were tasked with choosing which one of their team members would represent them in the circus.

Nick sent Cam in, calling him "a bullet." Rorke picked Tabatha because she was ready to go. Noah sent Mark into the circus because he doesn't know how to quit.

For the circus, the three participants were instructed to complete a muscle-draining obstacle course complete with climbing a three-story cargo net, ascending a 30-foot log structure and tumbling down a canyon. The course has evolved to make things more difficult.

At the end, the civilians had to stand on an endurance platform, where they were required to mount themselves on the lowest set of footrest attached to stilts that were held up by chains. At certain intervals, the civilians had to move up to smaller and thinner footrests.

If at any point a civilian fell, he or she would be out of the circus.

Mark got to the endurance platform in first place and therefore received a 20-second advantage to rest. Cam finished the first half of the circus in second place, so he won a 10-second advantage. Tabatha was therefore forced to start the endurance portion immediately.

After about 45 minutes, Cam's legs locked up and he couldn't hold on any longer, so he fell off the stilts. On his way out, Cam gave Ashley a kiss. The couple had a cute showmance this season.

"Do I think that's the last kiss? I don't know. I prefer it not to be. I don't know what the future holds, but I think I'll still be in contact with Haze," Cam told the cameras.


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