This was for #DIY’s NXT Tag Team Championship.
Watching Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa become one of the best tag teams in the world has been a joy. In the past 18 months or so, they’ve gone from a fun novelty team to one of the best teams in the world (based on their NXT work – the less said about their indie work the better).
Having great matches with The Revival is one thing though. Those guys are probably the actual number one unit on the planet. Having a great match with the Authors of Pain, as they did on this night, solidifies them as something beyond the ordinary levels of “great.”
To take such an inexperienced and physically limited team like AoP and to have this kind of match with them was so impressive. The timing was out of this world. The way they executed each segment (shine, heat, comeback) was beyond well done. They did all of that while also telling the classic wrestling story of big men vs. little men made which made it all the better.
The wild environment that they created was impressive. The fact they made a callback to the finish of the Revival/Toronto match felt so earned. Everything about this was great. GREAT.
It is unlikely that the Authors of Pain will be able to recreate this kind of artistic success with other teams, but they at least won the belts cleanly on a very high note. (****1/4)