NXT Tag Team Champions #DIY def. The Revival
After their epic battle was declared the best match of 2016, not much else needed to be done to set the stage for one of the biggest rematches in NXT history. Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder held up three fingers as they were introduced, telling the world what they thought the outcome of this showdown would be, while Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa looked supremely confident, their TakeOver: Toronto title victory still fresh on their minds.
#DIY came out on fire at the start of the match, sending The Revival reeling until Dash & Dawson utilized blind tags to throw Gargano off and leave him open for an attack. The challengers once again focused on Gargano’s knee, slamming it into the steel ring post. A resilient Johnny Wrestling nearly rolled Wilder up, but Dawson distracted the referee to keep their chances alive.
Despite The Revival employing all of their best diversions and dirty tactics, Gargano fought through the pain and finally reached Ciampa. The hard-hitting Ciampa turned the tides of the bout in #DIY’s favor. After a pair of devastating dives to the arena floor, Gargano & Ciampa turned back The Revival’s last offense, leaving Dash & Dawson in the middle of the ring. #DIY clobbered both of their challengers with their patented superkick/running knee combination to earn the three-count and keep the NXT Tag Team Championship.
However, Gargano & Ciampa were quickly given a painful reminder that there is no rest when you hold a title in NXT. The Authors of Pain blindsided the champions, manhandling #DIY in disturbing fashion, connecting with the Super Collider and a series of vicious powerbombs before holding up the NXT Tag Team Titles. With a championship showdown between the two teams set for TakeOver: San Antonio, has the last chapter on #DIY’s title reign already been written?