Damian Priest To Defend NXT North American Title Against Johnny Gargano At NXT TakeOver

Damian Priest's first NXT TakeOver as the North American Champion has been confirmed.

NXT GM William Regal announced that Priest will defend his title against Johnny Gargano on NXT TakeOver taking place on October 4.

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Damian Priest wants to live in infamy as NXT North American Champion, but he’ll have to defeat one of the black-and-gold brand’s most decorated Superstars in Johnny Gargano to keep his hands on the title.

William Regal announced on social media that The Archer of Infamy will battle Johnny Wrestling for the title at NXT TakeOver on Sunday, Oct. 4.

Gargano has been vocal about his and his wife Candice LeRae’s plans to bring gold back to the Gargano household. Priest, on the other hand, is fresh off his first successful title defense after a grueling victory over Timothy Thatcher. The first-time champion captured the title in a jaw-dropping NXT North American Title Ladder Match at NXT TakeOver XXX. In the critical moment of that match, Priest and Gargano found themselves atop the ladder. Gargano seemed destined for gold as he unhooked the title, but Priest held firm and knocked Johnny Wrestling from the ladder to secure the victory.

Can Gargano get the better of Priest in a one-on-one battle? Or will Priest be ready for another infamous TakeOver title celebration?

Priest won the North American title in a five-man ladder match at TakeOver XXX, beating out the likes of Bronson Reed, Cameron Grimes, Velveteen Dream and Gargano. Since then, Priest has had one title defense, which was against Timothy Thatcher on the September 16 episode of NXT.

Gargano has not wrestled since he was on the losing side of a 60-minute Iron Man fatal four-way match for the then-vacant NXT Championship on the first NXT Super Tuesday show. That match ended in a draw between Adam Cole and Finn Balor with Balor beating Cole the following week to become the new champion.

Fightful will have live coverage of NXT TakeOver.

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