BYRON-SAXTON.COM • WWE STAR BYRON SAXTON'S OFFICIAL WEBSITE
LATEST IMAGES
20th_March_2017_mp4_007123361.jpg
20th_March_2017_mp4_007122313.jpg
20th_March_2017_mp4_007122769.jpg
20th_March_2017_mp4_007121697.jpg
20th_March_2017_mp4_007121216.jpg
20th_March_2017_mp4_007119520.jpg
20th_March_2017_mp4_007120064.jpg
20th_March_2017_mp4_007120704.jpg
20th_March_2017_mp4_007117464.jpg
20th_March_2017_mp4_007117968.jpg
20th_March_2017_mp4_007119048.jpg
20th_March_2017_mp4_007118545.jpg
20th_March_2017_mp4_007116424.jpg
20th_March_2017_mp4_007116929.jpg
20th_March_2017_mp4_007112696.jpg
Byrons Articles

It’s been nearly three weeks since Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano captured the coveted NXT Tag Team Championship at NXT Takeover: Toronto. The much-heralded victory marked an incredible climax to their heated rivalry with the now former champions, The Revival.

“It’s pretty surreal,” Ciampa told WWE.com. “I think it’s safe to say for the majority of independent wrestlers, the goal is to one day perform under the WWE banner. But to actually become a champion within the company, it’s truly a dream come true.”

So just exactly where did the dream begin for the NXT Tag Team Champions? While both have plied their trade inside the ring since 2005, it wasn’t until halfway through their careers that the team known as #DIY would first cross paths, prior to an independent wrestling show.

“Tommaso randomly picked me up at a bus station six or seven years ago before a Dragon Gate USA show in Massachusetts,” Gargano recalled. “I took a nap at his house with his dog, Harry Harrison. But we really didn’t get to know each other until a few years later at another indie show in England, where we wrestled to a 15-minute time limit draw later that night. We did the loop after that in America, with matches in California, New York and Illinois.”

Their paths would intersect once again during a week-long WWE tryout in 2015. Company officials decided to pair both men in the same hotel room, and they shared a rental car to travel to and from the tryout camp. It’s an experience Gargano says built the foundation for the friendship that exists today.

“I don’t know why, but they put us together by pure happenstance,” he said. “We were friends before that, but that whole experience definitely brought us closer together.”

While neither man earned a WWE contract during that 2015 tryout, they did become fixtures on NXT television. The exposure to a new and larger audience brought a lot of satisfaction to the tandem, but also a lot of angst.

“Obviously, our goal was to be here full time,” Gargano said. “It was a very stressful time period as there was just so much uncertainty. There were no promises. After every show, we just hoped we’d be asked to come back next time.”

For Ciampa, the stress may have been even greater. In 2007, Ciampa signed a WWE contract to train and compete in WWE’s former developmental territory, Ohio Valley Wrestling. Less than a year later, that contract was gone.

“In this business, one learns to persevere at a very young age,” said a reflective Ciampa. “Imagine acquiring your dream job at the age of 21, only to lose it six months later. I was devastated. However, the journey back to this point has been nothing short of incredible. This past year, we have gone through so much together and, honestly, it will make for a crazy chapter in a book some day.”

If such a book is ever written, there’s no doubt one chapter will be centered on the eventual dual accomplishment of both men signing full-time WWE NXT contracts this past summer, followed by their improbable win in Toronto over The Revival. Nearly 12 years after lacing up their first pair of wrestling boots, Ciampa and Gargano are now roommates, best friends and NXT Tag Team Champions. Their incredible success is underscored by the meaning of their tag team name, #DIY: Do It Yourself.

“Tommaso and I are two guys who traveled the world for 12 years before we got here,” Gargano said. “We’ve never had a multimillion-dollar company backing us. We got here through our own hard work. People see that and people relate to that. DIY is a way of life. If you want something, go get it. Nobody will do it for you.”



PhotosResultsVideos


Related Links: Screen Captures | WWE Digitals | Watch Monday Night Raw
We are in Austin, Texas and your announcers are Byron Saxton, Michael Cole and Corey Graves.



HQ PhotosPhotosResultsVideos


Related Links: Screen Captures | WWE Digitals | Watch Monday Night Raw

We are in Charlotte, North Carolina and your announcers are Byron Saxton, Michael Cole and Corey Graves.

We are back and Mick Foley and Sami Zayn are talking. Sami says he does not need this. Byron Saxton asks Mick Foley about doing this the last two weeks.



PhotosResultsVideos


Related Links: Screen Captures | WWE Digitals | Watch Monday Night Raw

We are in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and your announcers are Byron Saxton, Michael Cole and Corey Graves.



PhotosResultsVideos


Related Links: Screen Captures | WWE Digitals | Watch Kickoff Show & Main Show
We are live at the Air Canada Center in Toronto Ontario for Survivor Series 2016. At the announcers booth is Byron Saxton, Corey Graves from Raw and Mario Ranallo and JBL from Smackdown, then later on Mario Ranallo and Corey are replaced by Michael Cole and David Ortunga at main Booth which keeps then changing throughout the night..

Video links will be coming soon



PhotosResultsVideos


Related Links: Screen Captures | WWE Digitals | Watch Monday Night Raw
We are in Buffalo, New York and your announcers are Byron Saxton, Michael Cole and Corey Graves.

Match Number Two: Bo Dallas versus Sami Zayn
After the match, Byron Saxton interviews Sami and he mentions the Intercontinental Title Match on Smackdown. Zayn says it is a chance of a lifetime and if he has to beat the guy who dresses like he is in a Poison tribute band or the guy who is the community theater actor. Either way, the title is coming back to Raw.

We are back and Bayley is on commentary for the next match.



PhotosResultsVideos


Related Links: Screen Captures | WWE Digitals | Watch Monday Night Raw
We are in Glasgow, Scotland and your announcers are Byron Saxton, Michael Cole and Corey Graves.