It was fun while it lasted. Earlier this month, Leon Ruff pulled off a shocking upset when he defeated Johnny Gargano to become the new NXT North American Champion. However, in his title defense at the 2020 edition of NXT TakeOver: WarGames, things didn’t go as well as he had hoped.

Tonight at WarGames, Johnny Gargano defeated Damien Priest and Ruff in a Triple Threat match to become the new NXT North American Champion. This is his third run with the championship, making him the first person in the history of the company to accomplish this feat.

From our own Thomas Hall:

Ruff gets quite the two count off a crucifix but Gargano pulls him into the Gargano Escape, right in front of Priest. That’s as bad of an idea as it sounds as Priest gets out and makes the save. The spinwheel kick drops Gargano and Ruff is sent outside, leaving Gargano to take the South of Heaven chokeslam. Cue three Ghostfaces to jump Priest, who shrugs all of them off. Three more show up so Priest hits a big step-up flip dive to the floor. Another dive takes out the original trio.

Priest is all fired up and chokeslams Gargano onto the apron. Back in and Ruff hits the frog splash for two on Gargano with Priest making the save. The Reckoning is broken up and they trade kicks to the face, with Priest knocking Gargano silly. Cue another Ghostface with a lead pipe to Priest’s back though, allowing Gargano to hit One Final Beat on Ruff for the pin and the title at 17:31.

Result: Johnny Gargano b. Damian Priest and Leon Ruff – One Final Beat to Ruff (17:31)

Post-match the main Ghostface is…..Austin Theory.

Editor’s Opinion:

The best part of this match was when Austin Theory said “It was me all along, Austin!” That was brilliant. I’m not sure why they put the title back on Gargano or why they gave it to Ruff in the first place, if they were just going to take it away a few weeks later. Either way, I look forward to another match between Gargano and Priest down the road, as they always deliver.

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