Not many called Oba Femi’s North American championship win on NXT last night (Jan. 9). Femi has undoubtedly made an impression in his brief time on WWE television, and obviously has company officials excited or they wouldn’t have booked him to win the Breakout Tournament — let alone the title he just that tournament’s prize to claim.
But the 22 year former SEC shot put champion from the University of Alabama (real name Isaac Odugbesan) also made history with his win. Femi was a member of WWE’s first NIL class, signed under a name, image & likeness deal back in 2021 while he was still maintaining his collegiate athletic eligibility. He’s now presumably on a regular developmental wrestler contract, but he’s still the first person from the “Next in Line” program to win WWE gold.
Pretty cool, and the young man is just getting started. Let us know what you think of the new NA champ in the comments below. And on your way down there, check out our playlist of the rest of the highlights from the Jan. 9 NXT:
- Nikkita Lyons vs. Blair Davenport
- Gallus vs. Corbin & Breakker – Dusty Classic First-Round Match
- Lyra Valkyria dares Lola Vice to cash in her contract
- Josh Briggs vs. Oro Mensah
- Tony D’Angelo & Channing “Stacks” Lorenzo vs. OTM
- Gigi Dolin vs. Cora Jade
- Walker & Ledger vs. Axiom & Frazer – Dusty Classic First-Round Match
- Tiffany Stratton’s horrible day as Fallon Henley’s Ranch Hand
- Dragon Lee retains the North American Title against Lexis King
- FULL MATCH – Oba Femi cashes in after Dragon Lee vs. Lexis King
- The Family is ready to celebrate their big victory (Digital Exclusive)
- Gigi Dolin gave it her all against Cora Jade (Digital Exclusive)