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.Published 02 Jan 2019, 10:10 IST