After a few weeks of speculation, NXT tonight confirmed that Velveteen Dream is officially the new NXT North American champion.
The NXT tapings back on January 30 had Velveteen Dream pin Johnny Gargano to win the championship. However, Gargano attacked Dream after the match and made him tap out to the Gargano Escape, which led to confusion regarding who exactly was the champion.
The match ended up airing tonight as NXT’s main event, showing the Dream title victory but not the post-match beatdown. That would make Gargano’s run with the title a four day reign, though he will likely be recognized as champion for 25 days.
Gargano had held the title since January 26, defeating Ricochet at NXT TakeOver: Phoenix. He, along with Tomasso Ciampa, Aleister Black and Ricochet were called up this past week to be part of the main roster going forward. Despite that, they will continue to work NXT dates.