NXT's most bitter rivalry comes to a head when Johnny Gargano takes on former best friend Tommaso Ciampa in an Unsanctioned Match at NXT TakeOver: New Orleans. Video courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.04/04/2018 - 17:45
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Tommaso Ciampa: Bio
Tommaso Ciampa is the type of Superstar you should keep an eye on. Not just because he’s talented, but because he’ll stab you in the back when you’re not looking.
A well-traveled veteran of the independent scene, The Sicilian Psychopath first made his mark in NXT alongside Johnny Gargano. United as #DIY and with the full support of the NXT Universe, Ciampa & Gargano won the NXT Tag Team Titles from The Revival in a bout that earned the 2016 NXT Match of the Year honors.
Ciampa and Gargano’s close friendship unraveled after they lost the titles to The Authors of Pain. Following multiple failed attempts to regain the championships, Ciampa finally snapped at NXT TakeOver: Chicago in May 2017 and attacked Gargano in a harrowing post-match assault.
Though Ciampa was taken out of action for the remainder of the year due to a leg injury he sustained during that match, he maintained a sinister presence on social media during his absence, never missing a chance to bash his former partner. Ciampa then made his shocking return in January 2018 at TakeOver: Philadelphia, ambushing Gargano with a crutch after Johnny Wrestling’s heartbreaking loss to NXT Champion Andrade “Cien” Almas. He ratcheted up his campaign against Gargano weeks later, costing his onetime #DIY teammate not just the chance to win the NXT Title, but also his NXT career.
If he’s willing to do that to a man he once called his best friend, you can only imagine the damage that The Sicilian Psychopath can inflict on a perfect stranger. Ciampa is scary volatile and well-equipped, and now that he’s back in the fold in NXT, no one is safe.