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Leon Ruff Admits He Thought Winning The North American Title Was A Prank

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WWE NXT North American Champion, Leon Ruff recently spoke with Denise Salcedo of Instinct Culture about winning the title last week.

Ruff shocked the world when he defeated Johnny Gargano last week to become the new North American Champion, and he admitted that he thought the situation was a prank on the new guy when he first heard the news.


“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,” Ruff said. (H/T to Fightful.com for the transcription.)

Ruff was able to defend the title successfully this week against Gargano thanks to the help of Damian Priest. However, he ended up taking offence to that help and later on in the night he attacked both Priest and Gargano, letting William Regal know he would happily face both men.

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WWE To Hold Slammy Awards On WWE Network This Year

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The WWE Slammy Awards are back for the first time since 2015.

WWE revealed their WWE Network lineup for December, and among the listings was an undated airing for the 2020 Slammy Awards. In years past, the Slammy Awards were given out on one of the last Raw’s of the year. Since 2015, end of the year awards were recognized on WWE’s website and social channels.


Other new content coming to the wrestling streaming site this month include documentaries on Keith Lee, Survivor Series 2020, and Goldberg’s streak, as well as a new Broken Skull Sessions with Drew McIntyre.

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WWE NXT RESULTS – LIVE NOW: LADDER MATCH WITH WAR GAMES IMPLICATIONS!

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WWE NXT Results
December 2, 2020
Orlando, FL

Live coverage begins at 8PM ET, provided by PW staff writer Matthew Wilkinson (@MC_Wilkinson1). Follow @prowrestlingcom on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.


PAT PATTERSON TRIBUTE

WWE starts tonight with a tribute to the late, great Pat Patterson, who sadly passed away earlier today. The entire roster is out on the entrance ramp, including Triple H, HBK, and William Regal, paying their respects to the first-ever Intercontinental Champion.

A video package is then shown with photos from Pat’s life while the song ‘My Way’ plays, which Patterson is famous for singing at karaoke throughout his life, with footage of him singing also being shown.

DAMIAN PRIEST & LEON RUFF vs RAUL MENDOZA & SANTOS ESCOBAR 

Johnny Gargano is on commentary for this match as he trash talks Damian Priest to start. Footage is shown earlier on tonight of Priest demanding to be in this match as he wants to ensure Ruff gets to Takeover this Sunday. Ruff starts the match, and he avoids Raul Mendoza in the corner jumping around the ropes, eventually catching Raul with a dropkick.

However, things quickly change when the Cruiserweight Champion tags in as he connects with a massive knee strike, which sends Ruff flying into his own corner. Priest comes in and Escobar quickly backs out, but Mendoza eats a back elbow by Priest.

On the outside Damian continues the attack, dropping Mendoza into the ring apron as he then slams him into the barricade. Mendoza tries to respond with a chop, but that only angers Priest, who takes out Mendoza again, however, Priest gets distracted by the Ghostface character who is stood watching in the crowd.

This allows Escobar to tag in and hit a suicide dive while Priest isn’t concentrating. Back inside the ring, Legado Del Fantasma isolates Priest, with Escobar catching him with a huge dropkick in the corner, which sends Priest bouncing off the turnbuckles.

Mendoza then returns as he begins to work over the knee of Priest, targetting the area while Gargano hilarious mocks Priest for shooting fake arrows on commentary. However, Priest finally gets in some offence of his own, hitting a flat liner and he brings in Leon Roff.

He dropkicks Mendoza out of the ring and then connects with a hurricanrana to Santos, but a blind tag gets made as Ruff continues his attack on Santos. After planting him down to the ring, Mendoza charges back in with a dropkick to catch him out, but Ruff then scrambles to Priest and he begins unloading on both of his opponents.

Priest knocks Santos out of the ring with a forearm and he follows up by attacking him again, and as Mendoza tries to dive off the top rope to make the most of it, he ends up hitting a forearm to Mendoza. Priest hits the Reckoning to Raul as Ruff tags in and finishes things off with a big splash to win things for his team.

Winners: Leon Ruff & Damian Priest

After the match, Gargano talks trash from commentary, and it appears that there are now two Ghostface characters, as they appear behind him.

BACKSTAGE SEGMENTS

A video package is then shown of Rhea Ripley and Ember Moon bringing a gift to Shotzi Blackheart a gift as she continues to work in the warehouse. Her fourth member is still unknown at this point.

Another video package is shown, recapping the Undisputed Era/The Brand storyline as UE talk about how things have been tough lately, but they’re now ready to and kick someone’s ass.

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WWE Announces Three Matches For Tribute To The Troops

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Three matches are now confirmed for WWE’s 18th annual Tribute to the Troops special this Sunday, December 6, on FOX. Top stars from both Raw and SmackDown will be featured.

In a ten-man tag team match, Daniel Bryan, Rey Mysterio, Jeff Hardy, and SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Street Profits will take on King Corbin, Intercontinental Champion Sami Zayn, Elias, Dolph Ziggler, and Robert Roode.


WWE Champion Drew McIntyre will go one-on-one with “Mr. Money in the Bank” The Miz.

And from the SmackDown women’s division, Bayley and Natalya will face Bianca Belair and SmackDown Women’s Champion Sasha Banks.

It’s worth noting that additional promotional material for the event on WWE.com also advertises Universal Champion Roman Reigns, Big E, Braun Strowman, Alexa Bliss, Lacey Evans, and Ricochet. It remains to be seen if they will appear or compete in other matches.

Tribute to the Troops is reportedly being pre-taped from WWE’s ThunderDome in Orlando this week. Viewers are urged to check their local listings as the event will air “around regional NFL broadcasts” on Sunday.

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