Johnny Gargano is one of the greatest wrestlers in NXT history. Since the beginning, he has been there and has even been given the name Johnny Wrestling by NXT fans. For most of his NXT career, Gargano was a babyface loved by the NXT diehard fans.
Gargano has recently been in the wrestling news because his WWE contract is up in December, and fans wonder what is next for the NXT Legend. Over the last two years, WWE has released over 100 wrestlers, and some of them have found a lot of success in other companies. Johnny Gargano can be the next Daniel Bryan for WWE, and they shouldn’t let that opportunity go.
Gargano puts on some of the best matches of the night every time he steps into the ring. In this article, I will be discussing Johnny Gargano’s top five matches in WWE.
5. NXT Takeover: Toronto DIY Vs. The Revival
The AOP vs. DIY vs. Revival match from 2017 help continue the feud between DIY and The Revival. This was at a time when NXT had the best tag team division in the world. The match was two of three falls, and the Revival were the defending champions. The first five minutes of the match saw the Revival hit Shatter Machine to get the first fall. This match would become an instant classic and last 22 minutes, and DIY would come back to win the previous two falls and the tag team titles.
4. NXT Takeover: War Games 2018 Johnny Gargano vs. Aleister Black
The 2018 WarGames event was one of the best match cards that NXT put together, and one of the matches that made it one of the best cards is the match between Johnny Gargano and Aleister Black. This was the first time that NXT fans were able to see Johnny Gargano drift to a dark side with the help of his former partner Tommaso Ciampa.
Gargano would blame Black for not getting the title shot against Ciampa and attacked Black in the parking lot. This would lead to a match that would last 20 minutes and keep fans at the edge of their seats. In the end, Black would win over Gargano with two Black Mass Strikes, and it showed that even as a heel, Gargano still could be put together as a masterpiece.
3. NXT Takeover: New Orleans Johnny Gargano Vs. Tommaso Ciampa
Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa were best friends and former tag team champions during their run in NXT, but things would change when Ciampa turned on Gargano and jump-start the greatest feud NXT. The match at Takeover New Orleans was vital because it was the only match he won in the three times the two would wrestle each other. The match would go 37 minutes, and Gargano would get the big win and his job back in NXT.
2. NXT Takeover: New York Johnny Gargano Vs. Adam Cole
Johnny Gargano had built the perfect wrestling story in NXT because he was the NXT brand version of Daniel Bryan, meaning he was a great worker and loved by the fans. When Ciampa went down with a knee injury, fans wondered what was next when it came to the NXT world championship and Johnny Gargano. The fans got their answers when Gargano would face Adam Cole at NXT Takeover New York in a two out of three falls match to win the big NXT world championship.
1. NXT Takeover: Philadelphia Johnny Gargano Vs. Andrade
Johnny Gargano’s run in NXT has been filled with many ups and downs, but he was always the heart of the NXT brand and made sure fans knew that. Johnny Gargano is the perfect babyface because he still looks like a million bucks even when he loses. That was shown when he faced Andrade Cien Almas for the NXT Championship. Almas run in NXT started slow, but he would quickly pick things up and become one of the most popular wrestlers on the NXT brand.
When he faced Gargano with the title on the line, the two wrestlers put together what many consider the most excellent match in NXT history. Andrade would win the match, but this was a five-star match that would bring a lot of attention to Gargano.