By defeating Johnny Gargano on last night's NXT, Bronson Reed became a champion for the first time in his WWE career.
The main event of last night's show saw Reed defeat Gargano in a steel cage match to win the NXT North American Championship. After overcoming interference by Gargano's The Way stablemate Austin Theory, Reed hit two top rope splashes on Gargano to get the win. Reed refused to win by exiting the door, instead choosing to hit his Tsunami splash on Gargano after the first splash.
In a post-show speech, Reed thanked all of the fans who come to NXT, the people at the commentary desk, everyone in the back, and everyone who has believed in him. Reed also thanked his wife, who joined him in the ring for the speech. Reed said his wife supporting him for the past 14 years is the reason that he's able to live his dream and is now the new North American Champion. Reed declared that the Colossal Era of NXT has begun.
Paul "Triple H" Levesque posted a picture with Reed after last night's show and congratulated him on his North American title win: "You don’t always see the struggles or the setbacks but tonight we saw a 14 year journey punctuated by @bronsonreedwwe becoming the NEW #NXTNATitle Champion. Congratulations to the #COLOSSAL!!! #AndNew #ThePoint #WWENXT"
More coverage from last night --
- Speak Now: Bronson Reed vs. Johnny Gargano, NXT recap 5/18
- WWE NXT Tag Team title match set for June 1
- Two matches, 'Million Dollar Face-Off' added to next week's WWE NXT
- Bronson Reed wins North American title on WWE NXT
- WWE NXT live results: North American title steel cage match
WWE NXT video highlights --
Zoey Stark vs. Toni Storm
Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell's spa day
Prime Target: Kross vs. Balor II
Jake Atlas vs. Cameron Grimes, Ted DiBiase appears
Arash Markazi interviews Pete Dunne
Killian Dain vs. Alexander Wolfe
Raquel Gonzalez & Dakota Kai can disagree and still be friends
Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher vs. Legado del Fantasma
Bobby Fish challenges Pete Dunne to face him next week
Sarray vs. Aliyah
Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon are ready to get back on track
Hit Row vs. Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari
Steel cage match: Johnny Gargano vs. Bronson Reed for the NXT North American title
NXT fallout: Bronson Reed gives a post-show speech
NXT fallout: Bronson Reed's North American title win represents 14 years of hard work
NXT fallout: Cameron Grimes attacks August Grey for taunting him
NXT fallout: Drake Maverick claims that he always had faith in Killian Dain