Ricochet, Johnny Gargano, Tommaso Ciampa and Aleister Black tangled in an all-out brawl ahead of TakeOver

Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano take down Aleister Black and Ricochet: WWE NXT, Jan. 23, 2019

Questions abound as onetime #DIY teammates Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano help each other wipe out Aleister Black and Ricochet days before TakeOver: Phoenix. Video courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

Answering Johnny Gargano’s challenge last week, NXT North American Champion Ricochet pulled up to Full Sail Live looking to send his opponent a message before locking horns this Saturday at NXT TakeOver: Phoenix. As he pointed out that 2018 solidified him as something Gargano is not, “a champion,” Johnny Wrestling stepped in looking for a fight. From there, all hell broke loose.

As soon as Ricochet kicked Gargano to the outside, NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa emerged out of nowhere and slugged Ricochet with a hard right forearm that heaved The One and Only out of the ring. After a tense stare down ensued between the former best friends – all as “D-I-Y” chants filled the room – Aleister Black, who will take on Ciampa at TakeOver: Phoenix, arrived to unleash fury on the champion. Gargano would then return the favor to The Blackheart, laying out The Dutch Destroyer with a superkick. The former NXT Tag Team Champions then proceeded to add insult to injury by respectively dropping their opponents with a Fairy Tale Ending and draping DDT.

While Ricochet and Black lay sprawled out across the canvas, Gargano and Ciampa stared at each other warily as they both walked up toward the stage. When it seemed as though a formal reunion was about to be finalized, with Ciampa extending his hand, Candice LeRae quickly emerged to stop Gargano from entertaining the gesture. “This is not you,” she told her husband. “You are not doing this again.”

A surreal moment, for sure, but what will this mean for NXT TakeOver: Phoenix when Ciampa and Gargano share the same building again? More importantly, how will Ricochet and Aleister Black respond after this beatdown?

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