Bronson Reed makes a big splash.
Bronson Reed captured the NXT North American Championship on Tuesday's NXT, defeating Johnny Gargano in a cage match. Gargano tried to escape the cage multiple times and had some help from Austin Theory, who slammed the cage door into the head of Reed at one point, leading to Gargano hitting One Final Beat, but Reed managed to kick out.
Theory tried to prevent Reed from climbing at the end, but Reed knocked him off the cage and then splashed down onto the back of Gargano. Reed finished off Gargano with the Tsunami splash to become the next champion, 14 years to the day of his first match.
Take it all in, @bronsonreedwwe.— WWE (@WWE) May 19, 2021
14 years to the day of his first match, @bronsonreedwwe has fulfilled his destiny in becoming #WWENXT North American Champion! #AndNew #SteelCage @JohnnyGargano pic.twitter.com/fc9yBWcP5G
This marks Reed's first reign as NXT North American Champion. Gargano won the title at NXT TakeOver: WarGames IV when he defeated Leon Ruff and Damian Priest in a triple threat match.