Tommaso Ciampa has shared a heart-warming message with long-time friend turned rival Johnny Gargano ahead of what could be his final NXT appearance.
The careers and legacies of Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano will forever be intertwined. The pair first clashed during their time on the independent scene prior to joining WWE, but it was as part of NXT where their almost Shakespearean story went to new heights.
The two teamed together in the Dusty Rhodes Classic in 2015, before formally becoming known as DIY, the following summer. DIY climbed to the top of the NXT Tag Team Mountain at TakeOver: Toronto by defeating The Revival.
After losing the championships, the two men attempted to regain them in a ladder match at TakeOver: Chicago in May 2017. After DIY were unsuccessful, Ciampa turned on Gargano sparking the beginning of a rivalry that would define the ‘Black and Gold’ era of NXT.
In the months and years that followed the pair have gone to war, made up, and then gone right back to destroying each other several times.
At NXT WarGames the two Superstars find themselves back on the same page as part of Team Black and Gold as they take on Team 2.0. However, it might be the final time that the pair share the ring under the WWE banner.
It recently emerged that Johnny Gargano’s contract was due to expire in early December. Although it has since been noted that he has signed an extension for one week that will see him through WarGames.
Posting on Instagram, Tommaso Ciampa posted a collage of the pair together, paying tribute to his friend.
If tonight is the last time we share a ring together, then I’ve got two words for you… Thank You.
Inside The Ropes will continue to provide updates on the situation regarding Johnny Gargano’s contract as it develops.