The match between Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa airing on NXT tonight (April 8), won’t just be the end of their years-long, epic, brand-defining feud. It will be the third match we’ve seen this week WWE filmed outside their Performance Center in Orlando.
Seeing at the buzz from the other two - WrestleMania 36’s Boneyard and Firefly Fun House matches - have dominated the conversation since they aired.
WWE.com’s description for what they’re calling Blackheart vs. Rebel Heart: One Final Beat reads as follows:
“This is it. The deeply intense and personal rivalry between Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano will conclude tonight on USA Network. To allow them to settle the score, Triple H is providing the two best friends turned bitter rivals with an empty building, a ring and a referee. Two men will walk in, but only one can walk out victorious. Who will stand tall when The Blackheart and The Rebel Heart meet for One Final Beat?”
In an interview with Pro Wrestling Sheet, Gargano was asked how this “empty building” match will be different from the ones which took place in a cemetery and, I guess a bray Wyatt-created version of John Cena’s mind?
“The Firefly Fun House match … I’ll say this, it was awesome! It was freaking awesome. People are so split now on these types of matches, whether it be the Boneyard match or the Firefly Fun House match, but I think it is obviously the next evolution of what we’re doing here. Of what kinda art we can present. And honestly, in this day and age, I think it’s very much so needed.
I don’t know how many empty arena matches you can have. How many empty arena matches you can watch and not feel like your wheels are spinning here. So I think it is definitely going to be unique.
I will say this … it is not like the Boneyard match. It is not like the Firefly Fun House match. There’s obviously certain elements that can be implemented from both, but this thing lives on its own. It’s its own monster. It is incredibly unique. It is incredibly special. But one thing I will say about it, is it is incredibly physical. It will be physical. When you have me and Tommaso, we are physical.
I promise you, everything does hurt way more when there’s no people around too. I promise you guys that! No audience keeping you going.
But everything you see is gritty. It’s dirty. It’s real. It’s authentic. And that is what me and Tommaso are all about, that realness. That authenticity and that physicality. So if you’re looking for a physical fight, you’re gonna get a physical fight.”
Which makes it sound more like another ‘Mania match, Edge & Orton’s Last Man Standing brawl around the PC. Gargano is asked about that one in the interview, but he isn’t asked to explain how One Final Beat is different from it.
We’ll have to tune in and find out, I guess. Join us in our live blog at 8 p.m. Eastern and we’ll see what they came up with together.