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Former NXT North American Champion Set For AEW TV Debut

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A former NXT Superstar is set to make their AEW television debut in the very near future.

Before the latest episode of AEW Rampage has even aired, it has already stolen the headlines. Typically it was “Platinum” Max Caster and his pre-match rap that has caught the world’s attention.

While heading to the ring alongside Colten and Austin Gunn, Caster made a clear reference to the investigation currently taking place regarding WWE Chairman Vince McMahon.

On June 15th, the Wall Street Journal reported that WWE Chairman Vince McMahon was being investigated by the WWE Board of Directors for allegedly paying $3 million to a former employee with whom he’d previously had an affair.

The Journal’s report adding that the board’s investigation has also unearthed older non-disclosure agreements that surround claims of misconduct made by other former female WWE employees that involve both Vince McMahon and WWE’s Head of Talent Relations, John Laurinaitis.

Ahead of his match on Rampage, Caster said that “honestly I have something to say, but somebody made me sign an NDA.”

Something that has gone under the radar as a result of Caster’s comments is who he was due to face in the ring. The opponents waiting for Caster and the Gunn Club were Bear County and Leon Ruff who was making his AEW television debut.

The former NXT Superstar has been appearing on AEW Dark since early May, but the match on Rampage represented his first televised outing.

Leon Ruff signed with WWE in October 2020, where he joined the NXT brand. Just a month after his arrival, the star defeated Johnny Gargano to win the NXT North American Championship. However, he held the title for less than a month before losing the belt back to Gargano.

Ruff remained with WWE until August 2021 when he was released, his final match on 2015 Live airing that night.