5 Best NXT Matches of 2018
#4 Johnny Gargano vs Tommaso Ciampa (NXT Takeover: Chicago II)
I will always remember the finish. When Ciampa did a DDT onto the exposed wood of the ring and got the pinfall, the crowd in Chicago went silent. This brutal Street fight was a worthy follow-up to their amazing previous Takeover match. It was nearly thirty-six minutes of very personal and brutal moments throughout the match. I mean Ciampa took Gargano’s wedding ring, spit on it and threw it away. It doesn’t get more personal than that.
The match itself had a brutal finishing sequence with Gargano “turning to the dark side” when he decided to drive Ciampa through a table with a nasty looking Celtic Cross style move. This caused an angle of Ciampa being put in a neck brace and attempting to cart him away. It set up the storyline with Gargano being unwilling to let Ciampa go and leading to his eventual loss via DDT.