NXT videos: Gargano and Almas thrill in TakeOver rematch
Andrade “Cien” Almas def. Johnny Gargano
Aiming to even the score after Andrade “Cien” Almas pinned him in Brooklyn, Johnny Wrestling showed no trepidation as he blitzed the Mexican Superstar with a furious attack, prompting Almas to retreat until his taskmaster, Zelina Vega, instructed Almas to re-enter the ring.
The match then evolved into a scintillating back-and-forth duel, and it soon became clear how well each Superstar had scouted the other. When Almas attempted the hammerlock DDT, Gargano escaped, and when Gargano tried for his slingshot spear, Almas countered.
After a series of jaw-dropping hits, Johnny Wrestling captured Almas in the Gargano Escape, only for Vega to unzip her jacket to reveal a #DIY shirt underneath, harkening back to the distraction that caused Gargano’s downfall at TakeOver. Gargano nonetheless maintained the hold, but Almas still managed to reach the ropes.
Vega then climbed onto the apron and as Gargano told her that #DIY means nothing to him anymore, Almas saw the opening to try for a rollup. That set off another series of reversals that ended with Almas dropping Gargano face-first onto the bottom turnbuckle. “Cien” then smashed Gargano with consecutive running knees in the corner before picking up Johnny Wrestling’s lifeless body and drilling him with the hammerlock DDT for the statement-making victory.
How will Gargano cope with this bitter defeat, and what’s next for Almas now that he has once again vanquished the beloved Johnny Wrestling?