Leon Ruff Says He Thought He Was Being Pranked When They Told Him He Was Winning NXT N.A. Title

New NXT North American champion Leon Ruff was the latest guest on the Instinct Culture show with host Denise Salcedo to talk all things pro-wrestling, including how he felt after his shocking win over Johnny Gargano on last week's NXT on USA. Highlights are below.

Says he felt validated after winning NXT gold:

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.

Thought it was a joke when he found out he was winning:

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.

Full interview is below.