Everyone who watched NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia agreed that the NXT Championship match between reigning champ Andrade “Cien” Almas and underdog challenger Johnny Gargano was not just the match of the night, but an early match of the year contender.
Uproxx’s own Scott Heisel called it “easily one of the best matches in NXT history,” and I’m inclined to agree. In fact, it seems the only person who wasn’t blown away by the match is Johnny Gargano himself.
In a recent appearance on Edge and Christian’s Pod of Awesomeness, the always-humble Johnny Wrestling declined to speak too highly of his own match. When Edge talked about how great it was, Johnny was grateful but didn’t entirely agree:
“Well, thank you. I don’t know how to react to that, because I’m like, okay. You know how it is, though. I mean, you guys know how it is. Like, you have great matches, and everyone else loves them, and everyone’s going crazy over them. But for you, it’s just like, okay. I think I did okay. I think it was fine. Like, I’m my worst critic, and I hate all my matches, but I’m glad I guess some people like it.”