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Leon Ruff on NXT North American Title win: “I couldn’t believe it because at first I thought it was a joke”



Leon Ruff did an interview with Denise Salcedo of Instinct Culture to discuss the biggest win thus far in his pro wrestling career.

Just last week on NXT television from Orlando, Florida at the Capitol Wrestling Center, Ruff took on Johnny Gargano for the NXT North American Title. This is where Ruff pulled off a huge upset win by capturing the title.

During this interview, he recalled how when he was told by Performance Center head trainer Matt Bloom he would be winning the title, he thought it was a joke.

“That moment everything that I did to pursue wrestling, every sacrifice that I made was worth it. I felt validated. It felt good to know that it paid off, I did myself a good job. I was doing a lot of work and I just kept telling myself, ‘if you keep doing this one day it will all pay off.’ So when it all did it was a great moment.

I couldn’t believe it because at first I thought it was a joke. I thought somebody was playing a prank on the new guy; ‘ Yo, we’re gonna make him believe this and then we’re gonna see how he looks when we tell him no’ but when I found out it was real, I had to take a second to think because Johnny Gargano is somebody that I admire a lot. When I discovered who he was on the independent scene I started to watch a lot of his matches and his documentaries. I used to write a lot of notes about him, so not only to wrestle him on TV but to take the title from him it was mind blowing, I couldn’t believe I got the opportunity to do it and I felt really fortunate.”

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