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Leon Ruff vs. Austin Theory w/ Johnny Gargano on NXT
Mr. All Day caught the former NXT North American Champion's crossbody, but Leon Ruff landed on his feet coming out of a fallaway slam. However, a drop toe hold by Theory sent him into the second turnbuckle face first. A back suplex dropped Ruff, and Theory took his time from here on out, utilizing his power advantage over Ruff.
After several minutes of dominance, Theory lost control following a victory roll attempt from Ruff. The underdog of NXT battered Theory with clotheslines, punches, and kicks. Ruff set up for a springboard but was distracted by Gargano, who ate a kick to the jaw. Theory managed to hit a missile dropkick regardless.
Both Superstars ran into one another with a pair of shoulder tackles, and Ruff was launched onto the floor, inadvertently hitting Gargano in the process. Indi Hartwell and Candice LeRae came down to help him up but were attacked by Shotzi Blackheart and Ember Moon. The ref chased them away and came back to Ruff laid out on the floor. The Eddie Guerrerro tribute worked, and Gargano was sent to the back.
Back in the ring, Ruff drove Theory's face into the mat with a springboard cutter, but THeory managed to get his foot on the rope. On the floor Ruff was dropped ribs first on the barricade. Theory followed up in the ring with the ATL.
Results: Austin Theory defeated Leon Ruff via pinfall on NXT.
Theory dropped Ruff with another ATL after the match, making sure to send a message to him and anyone else looking to mess with The Way. As he went to grab the ring bell, he was attacked by Dexter Lumis, who ripped out the hair of Theory as he tried to escape. Hey, what did you think about that moment NXT's Josiah Williams?
Same, man. Same.