One week after his shocking title win, Leon Ruff will attempt to retain the NXT North American Championship.
WWE has announced that Johnny Gargano will get his rematch for the North American Championship as he faces Ruff for the title on NXT this Wednesday night. Ruff won the title from Gargano last week after Gargano was distracted by Damian Priest.
Last week's Gargano vs. Ruff North American Championship natch was set up by Gargano vowing to break his title defense curse by retaining the championship against a "worthy opponent." Gargano's Wheel of Challengers was made so it would land on Ruff's name. During the match, Gargano was distracted by Priest appearing in the crowd. That led to Ruff winning the title with a crucifix bomb.
Gargano had defeated Priest for the North American Championship at Halloween Havoc last month. Indi Hartwell interfered while wearing a Scream costume and helped Gargano win the title at that show.
This is the second title match that's been announced for this week's NXT. Io Shirai will also defend her NXT Women's Championship against Rhea Ripley on the episode. Plus, NXT Champion Finn Balor will appear for the first time since undergoing surgery for a broken jaw last month. Balor will address the future of the NXT Championship.