Welcome home. Back at “Takeover: Philadelphia”, Johnny Gargano became the biggest star in NXT when he unsuccessfully challenged Andrade Cien Almas for the NXT Title. The match was an instant classic and spawned a rematch, which was quite a match in its own right. Unfortunately the second loss cost Gargano his NXT career, but he had a few matches left to take care of first.

WWE has released a video showing Gargano’s last match in NXT, which took place on Friday in Gargano’s hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. Gargano and his wife Candice LeRae teamed together to face Almas and his business associate Zelina Vega. The reaction was so strong that WWE has released a video of Gargano’s entrance.

Opinion: I don’t think there’s any real secret to the fact that Gargano is going to be back in NXT.  You can almost guarantee a match against Tommaso Ciampa in New Orleans at least.  That being said, they’re doing a great job of making you believe that something is going on here and that’s a big part of what makes NXT work so well.

The rematch was great too.

Andrade "Cien" Almas vs. Johnny Gargano - NXT Championship Match: WWE NXT, Feb. 21, 2018

Andrade "Cien" Almas vs. Johnny Gargano - NXT Championship Match: WWE NXT, Feb. 21, 2018

You can see how Gargano’s NXT career ended here.

Where do you think Gargano goes from here? Can LeRae be a star in NXT? 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 kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his Amazon author page with 26 wrestling books.  His latest is the History of the WWE Championship.

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