Name: John Gargano Ring Name(s): Cedrick Von Haussen, Joey Gray, Johnny Gargano From: Cleveland, Ohio Date of Birth: August 14, 1987 Working For: WWE NXT, AIW, etc Mini Biography: Johnny Gargano's infatuation with wrestling skyrocketed at the age of eight-years-old, when he first stepped inside of a wrestling ring. Eight years later, the Ohio native would enroll in Cleveland All–Pro Wrestling's school, and since then the independent sensation has yet to quit. Making his professional wrestling debut in 2005, Johnny Gargano has since then torn through the independent wrestling world - making his name prominent in companies such as Dragon Gate USA and Chikara. Now he has made his way to WWE NXT, regularly teaming with good friend Tommaso Ciampa as well as being a competitor in the first ever Cruiserweight Classic. There is only one place for him - the top. Johnny Gargano is "All Heart" and has a long history to prove it.
In a matter of days, Johnny Gargano came up short of capturing the NXT Tag Team Titles and was eliminated from the Cruiserweight Classic. How is Johnny Wrestling dealing with these setbacks?
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This weekend, EVOLVE returned to New York. Deer Park, to be specific. And it’s Johnny’s last EVOLVE matches.. we’re shedding a bunch of tears here. We’re serious. EVOLVE/WWN has been such an important part of Johnny’s career and the amount of feelings we have regarding all of this? It’s a lot.
After Zabre Jr. came to the ring and was followed by his opponent, Johnny Gargano. The crowd regaled Gargano with chants of Johnny Wrestling and Thank You Johnny, showing appreciation for the departing WWN Icon. At this point in the night, the heat in New York played its part in the match, as the two men were dripping before the bell rang. How Sabre Jr. kept his Union Jack jacket out is beyond comprehension.
The two men playfully challenged each other for much of the match, with Gargano hesitant to simply lock up with Sabre Jr. The match continued to have this playfulness between the two men until the two sat on the mat across from each other and began to slap each other. The slaps grew violent and prompt both men to take the match a bit more seriously. Both men were able to hit their signature spots, with Gargano connecting with a spear and a slingshot DDT, but this was not to be Johnny’s night, as Sabre Jr. forced him to tap out for the submission victory.
After the match Sabre Jr. grabbed a mic and he thanked Garagano for all he has done to helped build EVOLVE and intimated that he would be staying in the company himself as he has decided that it is what is best for his career right now. Ricochet joined the two and equally lauded Gargano for not just being a good wrestler, but a better person outside the ring. The three embraced and Gargano even called Sapolsky to the ring for a brief embrace that epitomized the true friendship they share. The fans chanted for Gargano as the show ended, but not before he circled the arena one last time to high five his supports.
Johnny made a return to CHIKARA (something we thought we’d never write out) this weekend, and of course he made his return on one of the biggest weekends on the year! He stuck around for two whole days in Easton, PA and below we’re got results!
Friday, September 2nd, 2016 – King of Trios First Round
Princess KimberLee, The Estonian Thunderfrog & Oleg the Usurper defeated Team #CWC: Johnny Gargano, Drew Gulak and Cedric Alexander
Saturday, September 3rd, 2016 – Rey de Voladore 2016 Semi Final Four Way Elimination:
Johnny and Ciampa brought their ever lovely tag team to Jacksonville on August 27th, 2016 and wouldn’t you know, we’ve got the results below. Maybe they’ll be at your show some day soon?
DIY (Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa) simultaneously tapped out NXT tag champions The Revival in a non-title match with their own respective submission maneuvers. Gargano had the leg worked on the whole match. These two groups were born to work opposite of each other. Incredible match. The Revival has mastered the little things. They are who they say they are: Top Guys. Top Guys jumped DIY after the match and went to break Johnny’s leg with the second rope stomp, but Ciampa stopped it and they hit the running knee/kick move on both to send the crowd roaring into intermission.
The last spot in the Quarterfinals was up for grabs as Johnny Gargano took on T.J. Perkins. In the locker room before the match, Johnny Wrestling was seen having his knee taped up by trainers, a painful reminder of the loss he and Tommaso Ciampa’s suffered to The Revival at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II just four days prior … and a target for his opponent.
Perkins was quick in going after Gargano’s injured knee, stretching it with a Muta Lock early on in the match. Despite the injury, Gargano didn’t hold back, going after Perkins on the floor with a tope suicida and locking on a surfboard hold back in the ring. TJP’s confidence in his counter-wrestling never wavered; he eventually took back control of the match with a snug headscissors, followed by a dab to add insult to injury. Gargano turned the tables with a diving spear through the ropes, but each high-impact move he executed seemed to hurt his injured knee as much as it did Perkins.
Gargano’s fate may have been sealed while diving onto Perkins at ringside, when his injured leg slammed into the timekeeper’s table with a sickening thud. Johnny Wrestling fought valiantly, attempting to pick up TJP and launch him like a lawn dart into the turnbuckles, but his knee couldn’t support the weight at first. Gargano eventually succeeded, but the injury was too much to overcome. Perkins locked on a kneebar, and before the resilient Gargano could reach the ropes, he crossed his leg over, turning the submission into a hold he calls the TJP Clutch. The pain was too much for Gargano to bear; he had no choice but to submit.
The heartbreak was evident on Gargano’s face after the match, just as the elation was plastered over Perkins’. With the victory, the flashy Filipino moves on to face Rich Swann in the Cruiserweight Classic Quarterfinals, which start next Wednesday at 9/8 C, only on WWE Network.
With a new ethos – #DIY: Do it Yourself – driving them, Johnny Gargano &Tommaso Ciampa charged into battle for the most important match of their career. The two Cruiserweight Classic competitors were fighting with fire from the bell, as Ciampa forced The Revival into retreat after they felt the brunt of his vicious strikes.
Gargano tagged into the fight and targeted Dash Wilder’s shoulder, but soon felt the full force of The Revival, who trapped him their corner and worked him over. However, the spry Gargano scurried out of their clutches, setting off an all-out brawl that they came out on top of after Gargano took flight and Ciampa launched himself knee first to the arena floor.
Back in the squared circle, The Revival showed why they believe they are “top guys,” taking charge of the match with quick tags and double team maneuvers on Ciampa. The Sicilian Psychopath would not stay down, though Scott Dawsonyanked Johnny Gargano out of reach of a tag at the last second. The NXT Tag Team Champions used every trick in the book to keep a worn-down Ciampa in the bout, including Wilder feigning injury to distract the referee when Ciampa finally tagged Gargano.
But Ciampa’s adrenaline was at an absolute high as he shook off blows from Dash & Dawson and finally reached his partner. Gargano sprang into action, clocking Dawson with a rolling kick and neckbreaker as the sold-out Barclays Center exploded in chants of “Johnny Wrestling!” A spear through the ropes nearly captured the titles for the DIY duo, but the wily champions stayed in the bout. Ciampa tagged in and locked on his patented armbar, nearly forcing Dawson to tap out, only for Wilder to break the hold.
Ciampa survived the Shatter Machine and nearly pinned Wilder after their superkick/knee strike combination, but Dawson slipped his partner’s foot on the rope, ensuring the match would go on. Dawson shoved Ciampa face-first into the ring post and then the NXT Tag Team Champions swarmed on Gargano in the ring, using the hold that put Big Cass on the shelf last year to weaken Gargano’s knee. Dawson pressed on, ensaring Johnny Wrestling’s injured knee in a reverse figure four that gave Gargano no choice but to tap out and retain the titles for The Revival.
After coming up short in a valiant effort, a heartbroken Gargano & Ciampa got back to their feet in the ring, taking in the applause of the sold-out Brooklyn crowd before heading to the locker room, Gargano apologizing to his partner.
After learning from Regal that they will challenge The Revival for the NXT Tag Team Championship at TakeOver: Brooklyn II, Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa took on up-and-coming competitors Tucker Knight & Patrick Clark.
The talented tag team appeared to be as united as ever after their hellacious battle in the first round of the Cruiserweight Classic, swarming their opponents with an impactful offensive arsenal en route to victory.