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  2018/10/04
Exclusive interview: Why Johnny Gargano won’t be defined by fa...
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In the infamous words of Rocky Balboa, “It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.” Truer words cannot be applied to the career of Johnny Gargano. After suffering a painful loss to his former best friend Tommaso Ciampa at NXT TakeOver: Chicago II, a shocking defeat at the hands of Velveteen Dream and a growing reputation as a failure, Gargano has been on the hunt to regain the competitive fire that endeared him to the NXT Universe for years. This week, Gargano spoke to WWE.com about his latest career trials and why Johnny Wrestling is poised to make a comeback.

WWE.COM: You’ve obviously had a very difficult month or so. Where is your mind at now?

JOHNNY GARGANO: I feel like I’m in a good place. I went home to get my head right. Ever since TakeOver: Chicago, things have been spiraling out of control. I wanted to sort through whatever issues I needed to address on my own terms. I think I did that, and I’m ready to get back to work. Like I said, I can’t be Johnny Wrestling just sitting on my couch.

WWE.COM: You recently said on NXT that you are going to be the man you were meant to be. You earned a victory over 205 Live’s Tony Nese this week in the process of achieving that goal. In your mind, does that win get you back on track?

GARGANO: I hope so. It’s been a tale of one step forward and two steps back for me recently. I’m just trying to take things one baby step at a time.

WWE.COM: How much does it still bother you to see Tommaso Ciampa with the NXT Championship in his possession?

GARGANO: I made one very big mistake, and unfortunately, I’m reminded of that mistake every single time I see him with that title. I love NXT, and I’m well aware that this is my fault. My worst enemy is living my dream. I made a promise that I’m going to do whatever it takes to right that wrong and I will. That’s how I cope with it. No whining, crying and complaining.

WWE.COM: You’ve had to digest going from being called “Johnny Wrestling” to hearing the term “Johnny Failure.” How did that affect you?

GARGANO: Did you watch the Velveteen Dream match? I think everyone saw how it affected me, but I know that’s not who I am inside that ring.

WWE.COM: How hard was it to hear the NXT Universe calling you a failure?

GARGANO: I have a very open and honest relationship with the NXT Universe. Did it hurt being called a failure? Of course. Honestly? After everything we’ve been through, I thought they’d always have my back, and when they didn’t, it sucked. But were they wrong? No. I did the last thing I ever wanted to do and that was let them down. I failed. But they need to realize that I’m human just like them. We all fail at something at some point in our lives, but you must do what you can to keep moving forward and learn from that failure. We’re all in this thing together.

WWE.COM: We’ve even seen your wife Candice LeRae deal with the byproduct of your shortcomings. How has that made you feel?

GARGANO: It breaks my heart. We’ve made it a point to try and keep our personal and professional lives separate lately. I still love and support my wife 100 percent. She’ll always be my favorite wrestler. But she deserves a chance to live her own dream and make her own path, and I know she will. I don’t want anything to get in the way of that, including me.

WWE.COM: Speaking of your personal life, have you made any adjustments to mentally reshape your focus?

GARGANO: I’m just trying to move on and be positive. I’ve been shrouded by a cloud of negativity, pain, suffering and pure hatred these past few months, and I thought I needed to embrace that. I was wrong. I need to remember why I started wrestling over 15 years ago. I was a socially awkward 8-year-old kid who fell in love with wrestling when he felt like the whole world was against him. That’s the key word: love. I don’t do this for revenge; I do this because I love it. That’s Johnny Wrestling.

WWE.COM: Where do you foresee your road going now?

GARGANO: Sometimes you have to fall lower than you’ve ever been to stand taller than you ever could. There’s a big dream of mine out there that I still want to make come true. I’m going to do whatever I have to both inside the ring and out to make sure that happens.

 
  2018/10/04
NXT Results-October 3rd,2018
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Match Number Three: Johnny Gargano versus Tony Nese

They lock up and Nese with a wrist lock. Gargano with a reversal but Nese with a side head lock. Nese with a shoulder tackle and then he catches Gargano on a leap frog but Gargano gets to his feet and he sends Nese to the floor with a head scissors. Nese with a clothesline to stop a dive attempt by Gargano. Nese with kicks and a chop. Nese with an Irish whip and Gargano floats over and Nese does the same. Gargano with a rollup and round kick. Gargano clotheslines Nese to the floor and hits a suicide dive.

Gargano with a chop against the guardrails. Nese hits the ropes to drop Gargano on the top turnbuckle. Nese kicks Gargano onto his shoulders and hits a gutbuster for a near fall. Nese with kicks to Gargano. Nese gets a near fall. Nese gets a near fall. Nese with a body scissors on Gargano. Nese with a forearm across the chest. Gargano tries to escape the body scissors and he leans back to get a near fall. Gargano with punches to Nese to get out of the hold. Nese with a waist lock.

Gargano with elbows and Nese trips Gargano as Nese goes to the floor. Nese lands on his feet on a double jump moonsault attempt. Gargano goes to the apron for a slingshot DDT. Gargano with punches and forearms. Gargano with an enzuigiri and then he is sent to the apron. Gargano with a slingshot spear for a near fall. Gargano kicks Nese in the corner. Gargano with forearms but Nese with a forearm of his own. Nese with a matrix and kicks to Gargano but he misses the leg sweep and Gargano with a round kick.

Gargano misses a super kick and Nese with a rollup and he goes for the one arm power bomb but Gargano counters into a sunset flip. Gargano sets for the GargaNo Escape but Nese with a rollup for a near fall. Nese with a one arm power bomb into the ropes. Nese goes for a pescado but he lands on the apron when Gargano moves. Gargano goes for a slingshot DDT but Nese catches him and sends Gargano over the top rope to the floor. Nese follows with a Fosbury Flop onto Gargano and Nese with a 450 Splash for a near fall.

Nese sets for the running knee after face washes. Gargano moves and he hits an enzuigiri. Nese with a German suplex into the turnbuckle. Gargano with a super kick and clothesline. Gargano with GargaNo Escape and Nese taps out.

Winner: Johnny Gargano

 
  2018/09/06
NXT Results-September 5th,2018
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Match Number Four: Velveteen Dream versus Johnny Gargano

They lock up and Drewm with a hammer lock into a snap mare. Dream pushes Gargano and Gargano punches Dream. Dream goes for the legs but Gargano with a front face lock and Gator Roll. Dream tries to escape but Gargano holds on to the front face lock. Dream gets to the ropes and Gargano is forced to release the hold. Dream with a side head lock. Gargano with a punch and Dream floats over but Gargano does not charge into teh corner. Gargano with a kick to Dream and then he kicks Dream in the corner.

Dream with a double leg take down and then he goes for the leg but Gargano kicks Dream away and then he kicks Dream to the floor. Gargano with a drop kick to knock Dream off the apron. Gargano with chops to Dream before they return to the ring. Dream with a hot shot to Gargano. Dream with a knee to the back and kicks and punches in the corner. Dream chokes Gargano in the corner and the referee warns Dream. Dream with a forearm to the lower back. Dream sends Gargano into the turnbucles and connects with forearms to the back.

Gargano with chops in the corner. Dream with an Irish whip and Gargano does the Michaels flip. Dream with a neck breaker and he gets a near fall. Dream with boots to the head. Dream stands on Gargano’s back on the ropes. Dream goes to the turnbuckles and poses over Gargano and then drops onto Gargano’s back. Dream sends Gargano to the mat. Dream with a boot to the head and he gets a near fall.

Dream with a rear chin lock and he kicks Gargano in the back of the leg. Dream with a sleeper and he gets Gargano to the mat. Gargano backs Dream into the corner to get out of the hold. Dream with punches and kicks to Gargano and Gargano is down. Dream goes to the turnbuckles and Gargano stops him but Dream with back elbows and he goes for the swinging DDT but Gargano counters into an elevated elbow drop. Gargano with a rana followed by an enzuigiri and Dream goes to the floor. Gargano goes to the apron and then Dream returns to the ring. Gargano with a slingshot spear for a near fall.

Gargano with a chop. Dream goes to the apron and he connects with a jab. Gargano with a super kick from the apron and then he hits a blockbuster off the apron. Gargano sends Dream back into the ring and Gargano returns too. Gargano with a running forearm into the corner. Gargano floats over and misses the rolling kick. Dream with a Fameasser for a near fall. Gargano with an elbow and he comes off the turnbuckles but Dream catches Gargano. Gargano rolls into a fireman’s carry position but Gargano with a sunset flip for a near fall. Dream with a boot to Gargano but Gargano comes back with a discus clothesline for a near fall.

Dream gets a near fall and both men are down. Gargano goes to the apron and Dream stops Gargano from climbing the turnbuckles. Dream and Gargano exchange punches. Dream with a boot but Gargano with more punches. Dream with a boot and then Dream gets Gargano up for the rolling Dath Valley Driver but Gargano escapes. Dream sends Gargano knee first into the steps.

Dream with the twisting DDT for a near fall. Dream with a knee drop to the injured leg and then he pulls down the knee pad on the injured leg. Dream with knees to the injured leg and then he wraps the leg in the ropes. Gargano with an enzuigiri but Dream with a super kick to stop Gargano. Dream misses the elbow drop off the turnbuckles when Gargano moves off the apron. Gargano with a suicide dive onto Dream. Gargano applies the GargaNo Escape on the ramp and the referee tells Gargano he needs to do it in the ring to win.

The referee makes his count and Gargano gets back into the ring. Dream rolls in at nine to break the count. Gargano sets for an elevated DDT but Dream holds on to the ropes. Gargano with a super kick with Dream tied up in the ropes. Gargano hangs Dream over the apron and sets for the elevated DDT. The referee warns Gargano and Gargano releases the hold. Gargano sees a fan with a Gargano sign in the front row. Gargano returns to the ring and he thinks about pulling down the knee pad but he is not Tommaso Ciampa. Dream calls Gargano “Johnny Failure” and Gargano pulls down the knee pad and Dream hits the rolling Death Valley Driver for the three count.

Winner: Velveteen Dream

We go to credits with Johnny walking out of the arena through the crowd.

 
  2018/08/19
NXT Takeover Brooklyn 4 Results-August 18th,2018
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NXT Title Last Man Standing Match: Tommaso Ciampa © vs. Johnny Gargano

They start brawling to begin the match. Ciampa tossed him into the barricade and Gargano did the same. Gargano exposed the concrete at ringside but Ciampa started to dig at the eyes of Gargano then placed him on the barricade but Gargano shoved him into the ring post. Gargano took him out with a dive off the apron then sent him over the announce table. Ciampa hit a powerslam from one announce table through another. Ciampa with a running knee strike to the face of Gargano. Gargano was able to get the chair away from the champ and hit him several times in the back.

Ciampa knocked him down and locked in a headlock. Gargano fought back, while Ciampa put a chair in the corner and Gargano sent him head first into it. Gargano got tables from under the ring and placed him at ringside. Ciampa landed a series of right hands but Gargano fought back and went for a suplex off the apron but Ciampa got out of it. Ciampa with a few german suplexes. Ciampa hit him in the gut and back with a chair. Ciampa hit three Project Ciampa’s then took a seat to watch the count. Gargano popped up and hit a superkick. Gargano with a head kick but went for a spring board move and Ciampa hit him with a running knee. Gargano with a step-up kick then a head kick followed by a german suplex.

Gargano then went for an outside dive but missed and Ciampa sent him into the barricade and hit his finisher on the steel steps. Somehow, Gargano got to his feet. Ciampa exposed the ring then Gargano sprayed a fire extinguisher in the eyes of Ciampa. Gargano with a series of shots to the back of Ciampa with a crutch. Gargano hit Ciampa in the head with a kick then a DDT on the exposed ring. Gargano with an outside dive to Ciampa then another one on the opposite side of the ring.

Gargano accidentally superkick a production guy and Ciampa smashed the face of Gargano into a monitor then ran with a chair into Gargano through the barricade. Ciampa then started throwing anything and everything onto Gargano including the guy, two chairs, a table, ring bell and more. Gargano beat the count. Ciampa got handcuffs but Gargano sent him into the ring post.

Gargano tried to handcuff Ciampa but Ciampa hit an elbow to the jaw. Gargano superkicked Ciampa off the apron through the two stacked tables. Ciampa walked up the ramp to the stage area and Gargano attacked him. Gargano with the Gargano Escape on the ramp. Gargano handcuffed Ciampa to part of the stage then rammed his head into the stage and superkicked him. Ciampa tried to apologize but Gargano superkicked him over and over. Gargano with a running knee strike where he flew off the stage. Ciampa made it to his feet before Gargano and retains!

Winner: Tommaso Ciampa ©

 
  2018/08/09
NXT Results-August 8th,2018
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Johnny Gargano walks outside as we go to commercial.

Match Number Five: Johnny Gargano versus Aleister Black

Black misses a running boot as the bell rings. Gargano with a forearm and Black with a kick. Gargano with another forearm and Black with another kick to the chest. Gargano with forearms but Black with a knee and kick. Gargano with a rolling kick that sends Black to the floor. Gargano with a suicide dive that sends Black to the ramp. Gargano sends Black back into the ring and he kicks Black in the corner. Black sends Gargano to the apron and Gargano goes for a slingshot spear but Black with a knee to the head. Black with punches to Gargano in the corner.

Gargano with a rollup but misses the round kick. Black with a kick to Gargano. Black tells Gargano to look at him and Black misses a leg sweep. Both men go for clotheslines a few times and then Black with a knee and both men with clotheslines and both men go to the mat.

Tommaso Ciampa attacks Gargano and the referee calls for the bell.???????

No Contest

Ciampa sets his sights on Black and connects with punches. Ciampa sends Black into the turnbuckles and kicks him. Gargano grabs Ciampa and then Black goes after Gargano. Black kicks Ciampa and Gargano pulls Ciampa to the floor. Gargano with punches and Black pulls Gargano back onto the apron. Gargano with a cannonball onto Ciampa off the apron.

Black with punches to Gargano and officials make their way to the ring to separate Gargano and Black.

William Regal makes his way to the stage and he is not happy.

Regal says this is out of control. You three are hellbent on destroying each other. Regal says he will not try to control it and he won’t try to prevent it. Regal says he is going to let it happen. The NXT Men’s Championship will be decided in a Triple Threat Match.

 
  2018/07/26
NXT Results-July 25th,2018
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Match Number Three: Tommaso Ciampa versus Aleister Black for the NXT Men’s Championship

Ciampa holds up three fingers in sequence and then they lock up. They go around the ring and Ciampa with a wrist lock out of the corner. Ciampa with an arm bar. Black with a single leg trip and he goes to the leg. Ciampa with a chin lock and front face lock. Black with a reversal into a front face lock of his own. Ciampa with a wrist lock and side head lock followed by a shoulder tackle. Black goes for an arm drag but Ciampa sees it coming and he stops short. Ciampa with an Oklahoma Roll for a near fall.

Ciampa with a wrist lock and Black with a reversal into a side head lock. Black flips over CIampa’s back and Black with a small package for a near fall. Black with a rollup for a near fall. Black with a judo toss into an arm bar. Ciampa pie faces Black and Black misses a round kick. Ciampa goes to the floor and Black follows. Ciampa with a front face lock when Black tries to get back into the ring but Black escapes.

They go back to the floor and Black with a round kick. Black with a kick to the chest and a punch to the midsection. Ciampa with a double sledge as Black returns to the ring. Ciampa with punches and an Irish whip but Black floats over and kicks Ciampa in the chest. Black with a round kick when Ciampa tries to hide behind the referee. Black with a boot to the head and Ciampa goes to the floor. Black sets for a dive to the floor but Ciampa heads up the ramp. Black springboard back into the ring and sits down and mocks Ciampa’s wave.

Ciampa rolls onto the apron but does not go back into the ring. Black grabs Ciampa when he returns to the ring but Ciampa with a punch to the midsection. Black with a waist lock and Ciampa with a back elbow. Black with a round kick and waist lock. Ciampa sends Black’s throat into the ropes but Black with a boot. Ciampa pushes Black over the top rope to the floor and then into the ringside barrier, apron, and ring steps.

Ciampa sits on the ring steps and mocks Black while waving at Black. Ciampa sends Black back into the ring and he drop kicks Black in the temple and gets a near fall. Ciampa with knees to the back and he applies a rear chin lock. Ciampa with a back breaker and he kicks Black and drops knees onto the midsection. Ciampa with an abdominal stretch on Black. Ciampa reaches back and grabs the rope for extra pressure but the referee sees him and tells Ciampa to release the hold. Ciampa with a knee to the midsection and he goes for a suplex but Black lands on his feet. Ciampa is able to block a German suplex attempt because of the damage done to Black’s back. Ciampa with a Cloverleaf in the center of the ring. Black crawls to the ropes and gets there to force a release of the hold.

They go to the apron and Ciampa picks up Black and connects with a punch. Black with a forearm and Ciampa punches back. They exchange strikes on the apron and Black with a series of kicks that send Ciampa back into the ring. Black goes up top and Ciampa with a punch to stop the champion. Ciampa sets for a Super Air Raid Crash but Black escapes and sets for a power bomb. Ciampa holds on to the ropes and Black with a kick to knock Ciampa off the turnbuckles. Ciampa with a kick and then he sets for a power bomb. Ciampa with a back body drop but Black drops down and the champion gets a near fall.

Ciampa and Black collide into each other and both men go down. Ciampa misses punches but Black with punches and kicks. Ciampa misses a kick and Black with a punch and leg sweep followed by a sliding kick to the temple. Black with punches and kicks followed by a round kick and quebrada for a near fall. Ciampa sends Black to the apron and Black with a forearm. Black with a round kick while Ciampa is in the ropes. Black blocks a punch and connects with knees and a kick to the back of the leg and a drop kick for a near fall.

Ciampa backs into the corner to avoid Black and CIampa gets to his feet. Black with round kicks to the chest. Black has Ciampa in the ropes but Ciampa goes to the floor and then he pulls Black onto the apron. Ciampa goes up top and hits a DDT for a near fall. Ciampa lines Black up and Black blocks the running knee. Black misses a round kick and Ciampa with a clothesline for a near fall. The knee pad is brought down and Black with a jumping knee for a near fall.

Black lifts Ciampa up by his boot but Ciampa with a rollup to counter Black Mass and gets a near fall. Black kicks Ciampa away and goes to the turnbuckles for Meteora. Black with Black Mass and a German suplex for a near fall. Black goes to the floor and Ciampa sends Black into a cameraman on the floor. Ciampa goes under the ring and he hits Black in the throat with a crutch when the referee was not looking but Black is able to kick out. Ciampa hangs Black in the ropes but Black gets back into the ring and he sends Ciampa to the floor. Black with a plancha onto Ciampa. Ciampa with a hanging DDT and he gets a near fall.

Ciampa pulls up the protective mats on the floor. Ciampa with a front face lock and he hangs Black over the apron but Black holds on to the ropes. CIampa argues with the referee and Black gets back into the ring. Black pushes Ciampa and Ciampa knocks the referee off the apron. Black with Black Mass but the referee is knocked out and there is no one to make the count. Black checks on the referee and then he returns to the ring. Ciampa with a thumb to the eye and then he grabs the title belt.

Johnny Gargano with a super kick to Ciampa and then when Gargano pulls the belt away from Ciampa, Gargano hits Black with the belt. Ciampa sends Gargano to the floor and then Ciampa with a Tiger Gourdbuster Driver for the three count.

Winner: Tommaso Ciampa (New Champion)

After the match, the title belt is put around the waist of the new NXT Men’s Champion.

We go to credits.

 
  2018/07/05
NXT Results:July 4th,2018
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Match Number Four: EC3 versus Johnny Gargano

Gargano with punches and EC3 goes to the floor. Gargano follows and he punches EC3. They return to the ring and EC3 with a kick and side head lock. EC3 with a shoulder tackle. Gargano with a Thesz Press and punches. Gargano with a chop and forearms. Gargano with chops in the corner. EC3 with an STO. EC3 sends Garagno into the turnbuckles and chops him. Gargano with forearms but EC3 with a knee and he sends Gargano into the turnbuckles. EC3 with an Irish whip and clothesline. EC3 asks Gargano how his neck is and he hits a running blockbuster for a near fall. EC3 with a nerve hold.

Gargano gets back to his feet and he connects with forearms. EC3 with a back elbow. EC3 with a running forearm into the corner. EC3 returns to the neck. EC3 with a slam and a leaping elbow drop. Gargano with forearms and he is sent to the apron. Gargano with an enzuigiri. Gargano with a slingshot spear and suicide dive. Gargano misses a splash into the corner and EC3 with a clothesline for a near fall. EC3 with a forearm and kick but Gargano with forearms. EC3 with jabs and Gargano with punches. EC3 sets for a power bomb but Gargano with an enzuigiri.

EC3 runs into a boot and Gargano goes to the turnbuckles but EC3 catches Gargano and Gargano with a rollup and he tries for the GargaNo Escape but he cannot lock in the hold. EC3 with a one arm sit out power bomb for a near fall.

Gargano looks at EC3 and then Gargano punches EC3 and then he hits a super kick. Gargano with a second super kick. Gargano pulls down the knee pad but EC3 gets Gargano up on his shoulders. Gargano escapes and applies the GargaNo Escape. EC3 crawls to the ropes and he gets there to force Gargano to release the hold. The referee warns Gargano about the five count. Gargano returns to the GargaNo Esacpe but EC3 has the ropes. Gargano releases on four. Gargano with a running knee to the head and EC3 rolls to the apron.

Gargano does not realize what he has done and he hits an elevated DDT for the three count.

Winner: Johnny Gargano

 
  2018/06/17
NXT Takeover Chicago Results-June 16th,2018
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Match Number Five: Chicago Street Fight: Johnny Gargano versus Tommaso Ciampa

The crutches are released as Gargano goes after Ciampa and he sends Ciampa to the floor and hits a super kick on the apron followed by a cannonball off the apron. Gargano sends Ciampa over the announce table and Nigel is down. They fight into the crowd and Gargano with punches. Ciampa with a punch and kick. Ciampa kicks Gargano in the head and he takes a sign from a fan. Gargano punches Ciampa and hits Ciampa in the back with the sign and there is a stop sign in the middle of it. Gargano hits Ciampa with the stop sign.

Gargano goes onto a platform and he comes off with a cross body. Gargano punches Ciampa on the floor and they go back into the ringside area. They make their way back into the ring and Gargano gets a trash can and throws it into the ring right next to Ciampa. Gargano gets a chair as well. Gargano misses with the trash can lid and Ciampa with a German suplex onto the chair. Ciampa stomps on the hand on the chair. Gargano with punches. Gargano with a clothesline but Ciampa with a German suplex and he holds on to the waist lock. Ciampa with another German suplex.

Ciampa holds on and hits a third German suplex. Gargano blocks a suplex and hits a German suplex and then follows with a suicide dive onto Ciampa. Gargano sends Ciampa into the ring steps. Ciampa with a running knee while Gargano goes under the ring for weapons. Ciampa sends Gargano into the ringside barrier. Ciampa moves the ring steps. Ciamap goes under the ring for a trash can and it lands on the floor. Ciampa completes the same package as Gargano earlier by getting a chair and trash can lid. Ciampa hits Gargano in the midsection with the end of the chair. Ciampa puts the chair around Gargano’s head and Ciampa with punches. Ciampa sends the chair and Gargano into the ring steps.

The referee checks on Gargano and the match continues. Ciampa hits Gargano in the back with the trash can. Ciampa puts Gargano’s head on the ring steps and he throws the trash can at Gargano and connects. They return to the ring and Ciampa removes his shirt and chokes Gargano with it. Ciampa with an elbow to the top of the head. Ciampa kicks Gargano. Ciampa sends Gargano into the turnbuckles and kicks him. Ciampa with a catapult into the bottom of the turnbuckle. Ciampa gets some handcuffs from under the ring. Ciampa cuffs one hand but Gargano with punches. Ciampa with a chop and Gargano with an enzuigiri. Gargano with a slingshot spear.

Gargano gets his belt and he whips Ciampa with it. Gargano whips Ciampa in the neck and back. Gargano puts the trash can over Ciampa’s head and he hits a super kick. Gargano wedges the trash can in the turnbuckles. Ciampa with a thumb to the eyes and then he hits Project Ciampa. Ciampa with a running knee and the trash can lid for a near fall. Ciampa with another running knee with the trash can lid. Ciampa tries to get Gargano on his shoulders but Gargano with elbows to the neck.

Ciampa with and Air Raid Crash onto the ring steps. Ciampa gets a near fall. Ciampa goes under the ring again and he has bolt cutters. He cuts the ropes holding the canvas and he exposes the ring by pulling up the mat and padding. Ciampa hits Garagano with the chair and he removes more padding to show the wood in the ring. Gargano is put on the turnbuckles in the exposed corner of the ring. Ciampa bites Gargano and then goes for an Air Raid Crash from the turnbuckles but Gargano counters and goes for a sunset flip power bomb. Ciampa with punches and Gargano with a super kick and Gargano falls to the wood.

Ciampa with a punch and Gargano punches back. They continue to exchange punches until Gargano gets the advantage. Ciampa with a kick but Gargano with an enzuigiri. Ciampa with a knee. Gargano hits Ciampa with the trash can lid while Ciampa hits Gargano with the crutch. Gargano falls onto Ciampa and gets a near fall. Ciampa goes to the floor and Gargano goes for a pescado but Ciampa hits Gargano with the trash can lid. Ciampa misses a running knee to the head when Gargano moves and Ciampa hits the ring steps. Gargano punches Ciampa in the surgically repaired knee and then Gargano hits Ciampa in the knee with the chair.

Ciampa sends Gargano into the trash can in the turnbuckles and then Ciampa applies GargaNo Escape. Gargano goes for the crutch he was given by Candice before the match but Ciampa stops Gargano and connects with forearms to the back of the head. Ciampa gets his knee brace reconnected and he connects with a knee to the head. Ciampa gets the crutch Johnny brought to the ring and hits him in the back of the neck with it. Ciampa gets a near fall. Ciampa sends Gargano to the floor.

Ciampa picks up Gargano and he walks him up the ramp. Ciampa says they were best friends and Johnny was his family. Ciampa says you did this to yourself. Say goodbye to Chicago, Candice, and your career. Ciampa sends Gargano into the matrix board and connects with a running knee. Ciampa says that is not enough. He says that only he knows. Ciampa sees a table and then he goes on top of some cases. Ciampa picks up Gargano and takes his wedding ring and spits on it and throws it away. Gargano gets Ciampa up and hits an Air Raid Crash through the table.

The referee calls for medical assistance to check on Ciampa. They put a neck brace on Ciampa and put him onto a stretcher. Gargano looks catatonic. Ciampa is put on a stretcher. Gargano realizes that his ring is not on his hand and he sees Ciampa being stretchered out.

Gargano says this isn’t over and he throws the medical assistant into the referee and he pulls Ciampa to the ring. Gargano removes Ciampa from the stretcher and sends him into the ring. Gargano takes off the neck brace and he applies GargaNo Escape. Officials pull Gargano off Ciampa and Gargano punches them. Gargano gets the handcuffs and uses them on Ciampa and puts them behind him. Gargano with super kicks and Ciampa crumbles to the mat. Gargano applies GargaNo Escape. More officials come out to pull Gargano off Ciampa. Gargano gets away and he punches everyone who is trying to stop him.

Ciampa with a DDT onto the exposed part of the ring and Ciampa covers Gargano for the three count.

Winner: Tommaso Ciampa

After the match, Ciampa smiles as he struggles to go to the back. Ciampa uses the stretcher to get himself up the ramp.

They check on Gargano in the ring and we see Ciampa waving to Gargano.

 
  2018/06/14
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In 2015, Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa joined NXT’s Tag Team scene armed with an optimism for the future and undeniable vigor to succeed. Fast-forward three years, and one would be hard-pressed to find both Superstars peacefully co-existing in the same room. This Saturday night, NXT TakeOver: Chicago II will mark the battlefield on which Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa will attempt to settle their deep-rooted, vitriolic rivalry once and for all. As he prepares to make the trip to The Windy City, Gargano sat down with WWE.com for a final pre-match Q&A.

WWE.COM: Your highly anticipated match with Tommaso Ciampa is rapidly approaching. Why is this match different to you than your last bout in New Orleans?

JOHNNY GARGANO: I needed to win that last match. I needed to defeat Tommaso Ciampa in the middle of the ring to get my NXT career back. Yes, it was unsanctioned, but I knew after it was over that the war was just beginning. With the mindset I’m in and everything that has escalated from that moment, from costing me my NXT Title shot to putting me back in the hospital and bringing my wife into this. Our match in New Orleans will look like a walk in the park compared to this Street Fight.

WWE.COM: How do you feel about the irony of this match taking place in the same city that Ciampa turned on you a year ago?

GARGANO: I believe that everything happens for a reason. One year ago, my “best friend” blindsided me and turned my world upside-down in Chicago. I left the Allstate Arena in an ambulance, I woke up in a hospital bed and had no idea what happened or who put me there. This time around, I have the very rare opportunity to return the favor. I want him to take that same ambulance ride and wake up in that same hospital bed alone and afraid. I want Ciampa to feel every ounce of pain and horror I did, except he’s going to know deep down inside exactly who put him there.

WWE.COM: How much has it meant to you both personally and professionally to have your wife, Candice, by your side?

GARGANO: It means everything. Candice has been my light in the darkness this war has brought on.

WWE.COM: How close were yourself and Tommaso before things went sour?

GARGANO: Our bond was no secret. We shared an apartment in Orlando, Fla. Ciampa was in my wedding to Candice. The NXT Universe watched our friendship blossom from the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic to winning the NXT Tag Titles at NXT TakeOver: Toronto. Our friendship was not manufactured; it was very personal and very real.

WWE.COM: Do you ever wish you and Tommaso were still best friends?

GARGANO: The man who was my “best friend” and tag team partner died in the Allstate Arena a year ago. Maybe this is just who he has been the whole time, I don’t know. But I have absolutely no remorse or regret left in my heart for that man.

WWE.COM: What is your objective at NXT TakeOver: Chicago?

GARGANO: I have one objective: End Tommaso Ciampa. I don’t want to win. The minute he taps out or his shoulders are pinned to the mat, and that bell rings and the match is over and I can’t touch him —that’s the easy way out for him. This match ends when he does.

WWE.COM: If you could deliver one last message to Tommaso Ciampa, what would it be?

GARGANO: I told you that you had no idea what you’ve created. Johnny Wrestling will not be in Chicago. I’m not coming for a wrestling match. I’m coming for a fight. When I saw that blood drip from your head, I realized exactly what I needed to become to finish this once and for all. It takes a Psycho Killer to destroy a Psycho Killer.

 
  2018/06/14
NXT Results-June 13th,2018
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We are back and it is time to look at Gargano versus Ciampa.

We see footage of their unsanctioned fight at Takeover while we get reactions from both men. Johnny says he remembered who Johnny Wrestling is at Takeover New Orleans. His dream since day one is to be the NXT Champion. He knew that once I beat Ciampa, I could do it. I was going to be the NXT Champion.

Ciampa says in your fairy tale world, you thought I wasn’t coming back? Tommaso Ciampa had different plans.

Johnny says just like Chicago

Ciampa says we know that Johnny isn’t half the man he is as we see Candice get knocked off the apron.

Johnny says this was personal since day one, but then you brought Candice into this. We are going back to where this started. He is not coming to wrestle, he is coming to beat the hell out of you.

Ciampa tells Johnny to tell everyone to stay home.

Gargano says he is going to make Ciampa leave Chicago the same way that he did last year