Leon Ruff Wants To Inspire The Masses Like Miles Morales’ Spider-Man Inspired Him

As Leon Ruff prepares to enter his first NXT North American Championship defense at a TakeOver he is reminded that with great power comes great responsibility.

Leon Ruff, a former EVOLVE star, captured the NXT North American Championship from Johnny Gargano on a recent episode of NXT and ever since that moment, he has been trying to validate his championship reign by proving that he is not a joke. Leon Ruff will further attempt to prove his point at NXT TakeOver: WarGames when he defends his title against Johnny Gargano and Damian Priest.

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Speaking with Metro, Ruff explained that he wants to inspire children much in the way that Miles Morales, the successor to Peter Parker as Spider-Man in the Marvel comic books, inspired him. 

“I remember the scene [from Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse] where Miles jumped off the building, that leap – that’s how I felt,’ he beamed. ‘I’m getting emotional. ‘That’s how I felt when I left my job to come and do wrestling. I felt like I was jumping off the building, and it felt like I was falling but I was flying. The way that made me feel watching that movie, I can only imagine how kids growing up who have all these outlets of diverse characters – I can only imagine what they’ll feel growing up. I’ve always wanted to inspire people, and I wanted to do it through wrestling," he insisted. "[But] I would definitely love to play Spider-Man!”

Ruff simply wants people to know his story and continue to try and their everyday lives because just like him, they may come up with a surprise victory.

“That’s my main thing. I hope that this win makes people feel like, man, ‘he was just getting beat up and thrown around.’ People can feel like that about their whole life. Then I get one win, and it’s the biggest win, the win that I needed. I want people to just try!”

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