Triple H, Keith Lee, and WWE Fans React to an Insane Match Between Johnny Gargano and Kushida at NXT Takeover: Vengeance Day

Published 02/14/2021, 9:20 PM EST

Two veterans of the industry put on one of the finest matches in NXT history. Johnny Gargano and Kushida competed in a North American Title match for the ages, full of amazing counters and superb technical wrestling.


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While Gargano picked up the win, it was Kushida’s performance that impressed the NXT Universe at NXT Takeover.

Story of the match


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Technical wrestling was a theme throughout the match. Kushida systematically attacked Gargano from the beginning, hitting him with a beautiful chicken wing suplex while Johnny still had his gear on.
The Japanese sensation connected with his signature moves and then stomped on Gargano’s head while wrenching his arms backward. However, Gargano’s heel antics helped him get back into the game.
However, Johnny Wrestling was in no mood to back down. He hit Kushida with the One Final Beat onto the ramp and another back inside ring for the win.
The clean win was a surprising result but a welcome one. That’s because the quality of the match surpassed all expectations, and the result does nothing to take away from the match.

Fans and WWE stars react to another NXT Takeover classic by Johnny Gargano

#JohnnyTakeOver stands tall. #NXTTakeOver #AndStill @JohnnyGargano

— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) February 15, 2021

Stephanie McMahon reacted to the incredible match on Twitter, calling it a ‘technical dream match.’ Her husband, Triple H, also reacted to the match and praised Johnny Gargano’s consistently amazing performances at NXT Takeover.

What a match @JohnnyGargano @KUSHIDA_0904!!! #InstantClassic #TechnicalDreamMatch #NXTTakeOver @WWENetwork

— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) February 15, 2021

It is @JohnnyGargano’ consistency that make matches like tonight’s #NXTNATitle match so special. @KUSHIDA_0904 has lived up to all the fanfare he came to #WWENXT  with. These two in the ring … magic!!!! #NXTTakeOver

— Triple H (@TripleH) February 15, 2021

WWE Intercontinental Champion Big E and Raw’s Keith Lee praised Kushida on Twitter. The Japanese superstar put on a supremely valiant effort against Johnny Gargano and came excruciatingly close to winning his first title in NXT.

KUSHIDA. Brudda… you're a beast. Well done.

— Happy Valentine's LoveLee (@RealKeithLee) February 15, 2021

KUSHIDA is the man. A joy to watch.

— Florida Man (@WWEBigE) February 15, 2021

The quality of wrestling elated fans in the Capitol Wrestling Center and the internet wrestling community.

And we have my first favorite match of 2021. What an incredible performance from @JohnnyGargano & @KUSHIDA_0904, surpassing my expectations. #NXTTakeOver

— J.O. (@ImGonnaDJ24) February 15, 2021

I take solace in knowing @JohnnyGargano can't use his left arm for the rest of Valentine's day. #WWE #WWENXT #NXTTakeOver

— Roman Rivers 🦁🧯🥀 (@RomanOnARiver) February 15, 2021

@JohnnyGargano is @WWENXT . Every #NXTTakeOver the man brings it. Keep him there @TripleH , please!

— The Professor (@BFreakinM) February 15, 2021

Kushida is a unit. Fantastic worker

— Benny (@TheSpawny13) February 15, 2021

Johnny Gargano with another NXT Takeover classic


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The first ever Triple Crown Champion of NXT, Johnny Gargano put on an exquisite performance at NXT Takeover: Vengeance Day. With ‘The Way’ out of the way, the odds leaned in Kushida’s favour, but Johnny proved everyone wrong.
This match was an excellent display of technical wrestling fused with high-flying spots. Both men fought at a breakneck pace, stretching each other’s limbs to the point of breaking.
After nearly 25 minutes of breathless action, Gargano planted Kushida with two One Final Beats and pinned him to retain the title.


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