The wrestling isn’t what matters the most. We’re less than ten days away from Takeover: Chicago II and while the card looks great, it doesn’t quite mean as much unless you factor in the big story that took place a year earlier. One of the biggest matches on the show was set up at the end of Takeover: Chicago and the story is still going strong, albeit with quite the long gap in the middle. The gap, and the story itself really kicked into high gear in a big time match and WWE wants to look back at it.

Oh and there was a great match before the story took place.

FULL MATCH - Authors of Pain vs. #DIY - NXT Tag Team Title Ladder Match: NXT TakeOver: Chicago 2017

WWE has released the full video of the Authors of Pain vs. DIY in a ladder match in the main event of last year’s Takeover: Chicago. The match was for the Authors’ Tag Team Titles and saw them retain the belts, but the important story took place after the match. Following the loss, Tommaso Ciampa turned on his partner Johnny Gargano, ramming him head first into the set and putting him through the announcers’ table. However, during the match, Ciampa tore his ACL, an injury that would put him out of action for nearly a year and delayed the eventual blowoff match until April 2018.

Opinion: While I can’t bring myself to say that a devastating injury was a good thing for Ciampa’s career, I can’t imagine he would be where he is now without it. At the end of the day, waiting that long for the big feud itself allowed Gargano to become a much bigger star and that made their match mean that much more. The ladder match shown is very good, but that angle after the match is even better and meant way more in both the short and long runs.

Are you looking forward to the rematch in Chicago? Which of the teams was better? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at, or check out his Amazon author page with 27 wrestling books. His latest book is the NXT: The Full Sail Years Volume III: From Dallas To New Orleans.

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