Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa: The Greatest Rivalry of All Time?
Outstanding rivalries in the WWE come few and far between, especially as of late. Back in the day of the #AttitudeEra we were witness to some of the greatest feuds of all time from Stone Cold and #TheRock, to Shawn Michaels and Triple H. Now what sort of epic rivalries do we have to cherish? Oh that’s right, Brock Lesnar versus Roman Reigns…
NXT has graced us with incredible TakeOver after incredible TakeOver, jaw-dropping match after jaw-dropping match.
Where we get so many of these awe inspiring matches, a lot of the time we are still left wanting more in terms of a rivalry. But over the past year, NXT fans have been blessed with the feud between Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa, so much so that I’m willing to call it the greatest sports entertainment rivalry of all time.
After their first match against each other at NXT TakeOver: New Orleans, I thought to myself, “I am never going to see a wrestling match that tops this one for me.” It is by far my favourite match of all time and was everything and more than what fans were expecting after nearly a year of build up to the match.
The match received a 5-star rating from Dave Meltzer, which was Gargano’s second 5-star match of 2018.
Unlike Anything I Had Ever Really Seen
Their street fight rematch at NXT TakeOver: Chicago was just about as good as the first one. Meltzer awarded this match 4.5 stars, which is still an incredible rating. The emotion emitted from both men in both matches was unlike anything I had ever really seen before inside the squared circle.
It felt like there was this real, unbridled hatred between the two that had my heart racing from bell to bell.
So often, especially in WWE, I find that feuds start to run into a wall by the third match.
A lot of the time we feel as if we’ve seen just about everything the feud has to offer by that point, that the rubber match feels more like a contractually obligated bout, than an emotionally charged throwdown.
With Gargano vs. Ciampa, I feel as if I never ever want this feud to end. I want them to fight until the sun burns out!
Not only does it feel like this feud hasn’t even reached it’s climax yet, the stakes for the third match between the two have been elevated to an extreme.
Their match at NXT TakeOver: #Brooklyn4 is for the NXT Championship in a Last Man Standing match!
From one of the most beloved tag teams in NXT history, to becoming the most bitter of rivals, #JohnnyGargano and #TommasoCiampa are telling an incredibly gripping story every time they step foot in an arena.
I can’t wait for both men to hopefully continue their rivalry on the main roster; God forbid Vince McMahon drives that one into the ground.
Should They Keep Fighting?
Who knows what the future will hold for this feud after what I can assume will be their best match to date on August 18th. Honestly I would be ok with these two fighting over the #NXTChampionship for the entirety of the year.
I know #AleisterBlack was supposed to be in this Last Man Standing match before he got injured, so throw him into the mix once he’s healthy, it will only improve the fights.
Whether we’re talking about NXT, WWE, or any other wrestling promotion, in my books, Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa is the best feud of all time. If you haven’t watched either of their matches yet, open up a new tab and watch them RIGHT NOW!
I am counting the days to when we get to see these two duke it out on the “Grandest Stage of them All” one day. Oh the chills that are running down my spine right now… magic!
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