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Rating The Champ – NXT Edition: Johnny Gargano

Welcome to a new series on the website, called Rating The Champ. This will follow my prior World Title Series, where I reviewed each and every WWE Heavyweight Champion in history from Hulk Hogan’s first title win in 1984 all the way to the current days. Money in the Bank cash-ins will not be included for obvious reasons, unless it was a proper match (ie: Rob Van Dam at One Night Stand 2006). Royal Rumble and battle royales won’t be included as well.

In this new series, I will rate all the PPV matches from each and every WWF/E Heavyweight Champion in history. To be fair, since this is the WWF/E title, I’ll only rate their PPV matches in the WWF/E. In this edition, we’ll be heading over to NXT and looking back at the TakeOver career of the one and only, former NXT Champion, Johnny Gargano.

2016

  • W/ Tommaso Ciampa vs. The Revival – NXT Tag Team Championships (TakeOver Brooklyn II) ****1/2
  • 2 Out Of 3 Falls: W/ Tommaso Ciampa vs. The Revival – NXT Tag Team Championships (TakeOver Toronto) *****

2017

  • W/ Tommaso Ciampa vs. The Authors Of Pain – NXT Tag Team Championships (TakeOver San Antonio) ****
  • Elimination: W/ Tommaso Ciampa vs. The Authors Of Pain vs. The Revival – NXT Tag Team Championships (TakeOver Orlando) ****1/4
  • Ladder: W/ Tommaso Ciampa vs. The Authors Of Pain – NXT Tag Team Championships (TakeOver Chicago) ****1/2
  • Vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas (TakeOver Brooklyn III) ****1/2

2018

  • Vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas – NXT Championship (TakeOver Philadelphia) *****
  • Unsanctioned: Vs. Tommaso Ciampa (TakeOver New Orleans) *****
  • Chicago Street Fight: Vs. Tommaso Ciampa (TakeOver Chicago II) ****3/4
  • Last Man Standing: Vs. Tomamso Ciampa – NXT Championship (TakeOver Brooklyn IV) ****1/2
  • Vs. Aleister Black (TakeOver WarGames II) *****

2019

  • Vs. Ricochet – NXT North American Championship (TakeOver Phoenix) ****3/4
  • 2 Out Of 3 Falls: Vs. Adam Cole – NXT Championship (TakeOver New York) *****
  • Vs. Adam Cole – NXT Championship (TakeOver XXV) *****
  • Vs. Adam Cole – NXT Championship (TakeOver Toronto II) *****

2020

  • W/ Tommaso Ciampa vs. Moustache Mountain (Worlds Collide) ****3/4
  • Vs. Finn Bálor (TakeOver Portland) ****1/2
  • Vs. Keith Lee – NXT North American Championship (TakeOver In Your House) ****
  • Ladder: Vs. Damian Priest Vs. Cameron Grimes Vs. Bronson Reed Vs. Velveteen Dream – NXT North American Championship (TakeOver XXX) ****1/2
  • Vs. Damian Priest – NXT North American Championship (TakeOver 31) ***3/4
  • Vs. Leon Ruff Vs. Damian Priest – NXT North American Championship (TakeOver WarGames IV) ****1/4

2021

  • Vs. KUSHIDA – NXT North American Championship (TakeOver Vengeance Day) ****3/4
  • Vs. Bronson Reed – NXT North American Championship (TakeOver Stand & Deliver Night 2) ***1/2
  • Vs. Karrion Kross Vs. Adam Cole Vs. Kyle O’Reilly Vs. Pete Dunne – NXT Championship (TakeOver In Your House II) ****1/2

TOP FIVE

5. W/ Tommaso Ciampa vs. The Revival (TakeOver Toronto 2016)

4. Vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas (TakeOver Philadelphia 2018)

3. Vs. Tommaso Ciampa (TakeOver New Orleans 2018)

2. Vs. Adam Cole (TakeOver XXV 2019)

1. Vs. Adam Cole (TakeOver New York 2019)

Average rating per year

  • 2016 – 4.75
  • 2017 – 4.31
  • 2018 – 4.85
  • 2019 – 4.94
  • 2020 – 4.29
  • 2021 – 4.25

Overall average rating

4.57/5

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Don’t miss the next article here on Rating The Champ, where we’ll be looking back at former NXT Champion, Adam Cole.