Johnny Gargano def. Tony Nese

Johnny Gargano vs. Tony Nese: WWE NXT, Oct. 3, 2018

205 Live's Tony Nese soars into NXT for a showdown with Johnny Gargano. Video courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

A fired-up Johnny Gargano stepped into Full Sail Live and made good on his promise of swapping “sorry” for glory. So, ridding himself of the billowing “Johnny Failure” stench that followed his disappointing loss to Velveteen Dream last month, the hard-luck Superstar became “Johnny Freaking Wrestling” in an epic encounter with 205 Live’s Tony Nese.

This fast-paced matchup was a physical test of strength and speed, as Gargano measured The Premier Athlete’s mechanical precision with pure electricity, bolting in and out of the ring with a highlight-reel offense. But Nese remained dominant for a better part of the match, using his power advantage to outwit his opponent. At one point, he even countered the Gargano Escape with a devastating deadlift buckle bomb. However, those overpowering maneuvers invigorated Gargano. Using the crowd’s “This is awesome” chants as fuel, Johnny Wrestling came alive. When The Premier Athlete came close to recording a premier upset — throwing Gargano into the turnbuckle with a German suplex — a charged-up Johnny Wrestling chopped down Nese with a running clothesline, followed by a Gargano Escape to pick up the win.

Sending a clear message to the Superstars of the black-and-yellow brand, “Johnny Freaking Wrestling” is here, exchanging excuses for execution.

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