Johnny Gargano is certainly one of the symbols of NXT: one reason above all is that he became the first Triple Crown Champion in the history of the brand for having conquered the NXT Championship, the NXT North American Championship and the NXT Tag Team Championships.
But another reason Johnny Gargano is pleasantly remembered by NXT fans is the large number of phenomenal matches he has taken part in. To advertise the upcoming NXT TakeOver: In Your House, Johnny spoke to Rasslin' with Brandon F.
Walker about the encounters that most of all have defined his career in the WWE black and gold brand. Specifically, Gargano spoke of NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia's hugely popular dispute against Andrade, who just signed with AEW in 2018: "Obviously DIY vs The Revival has a special place in my heart.
That was our first real chance to show everyone what we were capable of on such an important stage. But my match with Andrade ... the fans came to the event with modest expectations. They knew the match was going to be good, they knew I was a good wrestler, but I don't know if they knew I could handle the pressure of the main event.
I wanted that opportunity to prove it. Every time I say to myself, 'Okay, this is where you want to be. You want to be in the main event, you want the limelight. This is another step to reach the top 'And my match with Andrade ...
that night was filled with magic in Philadelphia, for the audience, for the atmosphere, if only for Andrade, for the story that was there behind, everything worked in our favor that evening. And Candice LeRae and Zelina Vega were also involved.
That match will always have a special place in my heart, and it's about someone who usually hates all his matches." He also talked about Andrade.
Johnny Gargano talks about Andrade
Johnny Gargano then talked about his favorite matches in all NXT TakeOver: "The match with Andrade, of course, is at number one because that was the moment when I jumped a level.
For storyline reasons, I loved the match against Tommaso Ciampa at NXT TakeOver: New Orleans. I don't think I'll ever be able to experience an atmosphere like that, ever. If only because I've never heard an audience react the way they reacted to Tommaso's actions that night.
Anyone in that arena, any, from the front rows to the furthest, hated Ciampa that night. He was incredible. I remember when I was in Gorilla and I was looking at his entrance, thinking, 'Oh my God, I've never seen anything like this in my life.'
NXT TakeOver: New York's 2 Out of 3 Falls featuring Adam Cole is also on the same level. I would say that these three matches are my absolute favorites." Remember that Johnny Gargano will take part in the main event of the next TakeOver when he will challenge NXT champion Karrion Kross in a Fatal 5-Way that will also include Pete Dunne, Kyle O'Reilly and Adam Cole.