Johnny Gargano may have had the keys to the house and the thermostat set at a nice temperature, but there was nothing stopping Keith Lee from walking in, slamming Johnny Wrestling’s face into the front door and walking out with the NXT North American Championship.
Johnny Gargano had two clear targets: the champion’s injured left hand and the eye that Gargano damaged this past Wednesday when he attacked Lee with a set of car keys. Lee used his size and strength to his advantage early in the bout, even chasing down Gargano as he tried to escape through the door of the In Your House set. But Gargano went to work on the champion’s injuries to dictate the pace of the battle. Every time it looked like Lee was getting the upper hand, Johnny Wrestling went right after The Limitless One’s injured hand.
But despite Gargano’s best efforts, there was no stopping the NXT North American Champion. As the bout spilled out to the arena floor, Lee unleashed a vicious body check on the challenger that sent him crashing through the plexiglass boards. As Lee turned the tables on Gargano, Candice LeRae arrived to try to help her husband, but she was quickly stopped in her tracks by Mia Yim, who was once again ready to throw hands. After that, Gargano went back to the eyes, this time going after Lee’s other eye with a key. But that wasn’t enough to win the title, as Lee powered through and hit a Spirit Bomb, a powerbomb and the Big Bang Catastrophe to remain NXT North American Champion.