WATCH: Dayton bouncer declared WWE champ for saving lives during Oregon District shooting

The Dayton bouncer credited with saving lives during the Oregon District mass shooting was named a champion by those he considers stars.

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Paul "Triple H" Levesque, WWE executive vice president of talent, presented Ned Peppers' bouncer Jeremy "Pitbull" Ganger professional wrestler for more than a decade, with a NXT Title belt and named him an honorary champion, Wednesday, Nov. 6 at WWE NXT in Orlando.

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Levesque introduced Ganger as a “real hero” who saved countless lives the night of the Oregon District shooting.

Ganger entered the ring to claps and a chant of his name and later, “Thank you, Jeremy.”

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Credit: Amelia Robinson

Credit: Amelia Robinson

"Normally we reserve things like this for Super Bowl champions or World Series champions, but you are a man whose heroism far surpasses anything that can happen on field or in this ring," Levesque said in a video posted to the WWE on Fox Twitter page . "That is why we would like to make you an honorary NXT champion."

Credit: Amelia Robinson

Credit: Amelia Robinson

Levesque praised Ganger to reporters from FOX 35 in Orlando for pulling people into his nightclub as bullets rang out just after 1 a.m. Aug. 4.

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A 24-year-old Bellbrook man killed nine people and injured dozens of others with a pistol modified to act like an assault weapon.

Ganger rushed to take a semi-automatic pistol that police say was modified to act like a rifle away from Connor Betts after Betts was shot by police.

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“There are certain moments in time when people have the opportunity to rise above the everyday events and become a hero,” Levesque told FOX 35.


Ganger told the station that he had the opportunity to meet several wrestling superstars at the WWE Performance Center.

“It is unbelievable,” he said.

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