Yeah, yeah, yeah, I KNOW Survivor Series was this past weekend too — the show was really good overall, there wasn’t a ‘bad’ match in sight, and even Brock Lesnar getting squashed in 1:25 by Goldberg was very, VERY satisfying — but seriously, lets talk about NXT Takeover: Toronto for a minute. After months of #DIY (Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano) feuding with the NXT Tag Team Champions, The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder, or as I call them, The New Brainbusters), the titles were put back on the line as the two teams battled in a Best Two-Out-of-Three Falls match. In my opinion, this match is competing with the John Cena vs. AJ Styles match from this year’s SummerSlam for the best match of the year; no joke.
The Revival scored the first fall after using their trademark Shatter Machine to put Gargano down for the three-count. Despite this, #DIY proved to be the resilient babyfaces that they are by not letting the early deficit rattle them by coming back to even the score at one fall apiece after a head shot combination. Now that the score was tied, the action in the match broke down and the pace accelerated to a great pace. On multiple occasions, Dawson and Wilder had to interfere on behalf of the other to break-up pin fall attempts by Ciampa and Gargano. However in the end, double submissions (or as I like to refer to them as, “stereo submissions”) spelled doom and defeat for The Revival. When Gargano trapped Wilder in the Gargano Escape and Ciampa captured Dawson in a bridging armbar, the champs had no choice this time but to BOTH tap out — as they couldn’t help the other escape this time around — and the NXT Tag Titles went to #DIY.
Why do I consider this match to be one of the best of this year? The best matches in pro wrestling — in my opinion — have a great build-up, great timing and pacing, and great physical storytelling, and this match had ALL THREE things come together, and the fans got to witness the ART of professional wrestling this past Saturday night. With seamless action and on-point ring psychology, this was darn-near a perfect five-star match, and with the Paul Ellering-led Authors of Pain winning the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, there could be a great threat to DIY’s title reign on the horizon. But with the quality of matches they’ve had, there’s a great chance that #DIY has the ability to become a successful act in NXT’s tag team division.