The news was first reported by Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp, with Ruff joining a shockingly long list of superstars, most of whom were on the NXT brand, that were let go. Ruff made a name for himself in 2020, when he signed a contract with WWE and promptly won the NXT North American Championship by defeating Johnny Gargano.
Fightful has learned that Leon Ruff has been released by WWE
— Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com (@SeanRossSapp) August 7, 2021
Ruff held the title for a few weeks before he lost the title back to Gargano at NXT TakeOver: WarGames, ending his reign at just 25 days. After his feud with Gargano ended, Ruff entered a rivalry with Isaiah “Swerve” Scott and lost their ultimate clash. Ruff last competed on NXT in May, but he is facing Grayson Waller on tonight’s episode of WWE 205 Live.
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