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5 Best WWE Matches in 2018

Dwijesh Reddy
Top 5 / Top 10
Modified 20 Dec 2019, 20:13 IST

NXT delivered some of the best matches this year
NXT delivered some of the best matches this year

With another year of ups and downs coming to an end for the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), it's that time of the year where people ponder upon what went right and wrong over the past year.

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While WWE hasn't been doing great lately in terms of ratings, there were a number of great matches that the WWE Universe were able to witness and remember for a very long time.

With lack of creative storylines and repetitive feuds, the main roster has seemingly failed to captivate the audience with the bookings and has gradually lead to an increase in the number of admirers for the Triple H-led NXT.

We take a look back at some of the best bouts that took place within the squared ring in 2018.

#5 Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa (NXT Takeover: New Orleans)

Former DIY team-mates, Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano have been at each other ever since the former turned on him after their loss to the Authors of Pain at NXT TakeOver: Chicago.

They have easily been part of the most intense and perfect feud NXT and possibly WWE has ever witnessed with a materialistic and well-built narrative and superlative performances whenever they met inside the ring. 

With Johnny Gargano in the middle of an NXT Championship feud with the then-champion Andrade 'Cien' Almas, Ciampa showed up and cost Gargano not only the title but also his job.


This ultimately lead to their insane battle at NXT TakeOver: New Orleans where they took each other to the extreme limits.

This was an unsanctioned match with each of the competitor's technical ability on full display. The match was more than just life for a perennial underdog such as Gargano who was fighting for his job as well.

The uses of the symbolic crutches within the match were key to the storytelling and was what propelled the feud towards excellence. 

With Gargano winning the match, he was thereby reinstated and would always be remembered as the victor of an amazing match against Ciampa.

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Published 05 Dec 2018, 18:12 IST
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