Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa def. TM-61

Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa vs. TM-61: WWE NXT, May 25, 2016

Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa take on the debuting Shane Thorne & Nick Miller in tag team action. Video courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

ORLANDO, Fla. — After the brutal ending to last week’s match between Bayley and Nia Jax, NXT General Manager William Regal revealed that Bayley was not cleared to compete and would not be cleared in time to get her rematch against NXT Women’s Champion Asuka at TakeOver on June 8. Though Bayley will get her opportunity down the line, Regal announced that Nia Jax, Carmella and Alexa Bliss would square off in the evening’s main event to determine Asuka’s challenger in two weeks.

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After their introduction to the NXT Universe on Facebook Live last week, Shane Thorne & Nick Miller of TM-61 were out to make their NXT debut a successful one. But standing in their way was the red-hot duo of Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa. The two teams looked evenly matched as they jockeyed for position, until Thorne clocked Gargano with a dropkick to take control for TM-61.

The Australian duo succeeded in keeping Gargano in their corner, but the speedy Johnny Wrestling eventually slipped out of their grasp and tagged in Ciampa. The hard-hitting Milwaukee native staggered Miller at first, but TM-61 recovered and took Ciampa to the mat, showing off an impressive double-team maneuver that wowed the NXT Universe.

The two teams left it all in the ring, but after Miller was taken out by a dive from Gargano, Thorne found himself alone in the ring with Gargano & Ciampa, who walloped him with a running knee/superkick combination to earn the victory. After a bout that brought Full Sail University to its feet, Gargano & Ciampa gave a nod of respect to TM-61, who made their mark on NXT.

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