Tommaso Ciampa took his frustration out on Johnny Gargano as NXT Takeover: Chicago went off the air. After a hard fought loss to The Authors of Pain in the a ladder match Ciampa beat the hell out of his former tag team partner sending him through a table from the stage as the crowd jeered. Ciampa sat on the announcers table watching EMTs help Gargano as the show faded to black. You knew something bad was about to happen since the two closed the show and the camera stayed on the former NXT tag team champs.
You knew that DIY wouldn’t be together forever as Ciampa had too much potential as a heel. Gargano is a white meat babyface while his former partner could easily be a bad guy with his bad guy-like mannerisms.
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) May 21, 2017
DIY was ready for the main roster but with Shinsuke Nakamura, Tye Dillinger and Dash and Dawson getting called up in April Ciampa and Gargano were stuck in a holding pattern until some roster spots came open, which will likely be next year. DIY had already held the NXT tag belts and they really didn’t need to go back and win them again because there are other teams like Sanity ready to step into the tag title picture.
Now with Ciampa and Gargano as single stars NXT now has two guys to move into a top feud and then eventually one or the other can challenge for the NXT title. It’s possible we will see DIY get back together again in the WWE but for not splitting them up is definitely the way to go to get more mileage out of the two as single stars when the promotion needs them to keep the brand afloat after losing so many big names earlier in the year.