Leon Ruff has officially signed with WWE and is receiving some major praise early on.
As was reported recently, WWE has signed Leon Ruff to an NXT deal, and Fightful has learned that Leon wasn't the only EVOLVE name we're going to see land with the company.
This follows WWE's acquisition of EVOLVE in July. WWE had a working agreement with the promotion and even ran their 10-year anniversary event live on WWE Network in July 2019.
Leon has appeared on Raw, SmackDown, 205 Live, Main Event and NXT, getting rave reviews from his peers. One wrestler on the WWE main roster compared Ruff to an early Jeff Hardy as a name that everyone wanted to work with, even if it was an enhancement match, because of the lengths he went to in order to make people look good. There have also been main roster and 205 Live pitches involving him, before landing in NXT.
In the above video, where Leon Ruff discusses being signed to WWE, he opened up about not working during the pandemic and what an opportunity this has been for him to be able to wrestle on global television.
"It's been a crazy rollercoaster. The Aleister [Black] match was supposed to be a one-off thing and then to find out I get brought back to wrestle him on Raw was really cool. Three years earlier, I paid for close to front row seats to Raw. To go from there to being in the ring was a really special moment because my mom and dad got to see me wrestle on TV."
Outside of the ring, Ruff is in a relationship with Aja Smith, she recently made history herself as the first black female referee in WWE history.
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