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Name: John Gargano Ring Name(s): Cedrick Von Haussen, Joey Gray, Johnny Gargano From: Cleveland, Ohio Date of Birth: August 14, 1987 Working For: Dragon Gate USA, Chikara 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. Johnny Gargano is "All Heart" and has a long history to prove it.
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Family Wrestling Entertainment returned this weekend with two iPPVs! One was free, the other was not, but does it really matter when it comes to good wrestling?
On Friday, Johnny faced off with someone familiar – Chuck Taylor. The two have a storied past, but who would be the victor? Johnny came out on top and even began beating on Chuck after the match. His opponent for the next night Colt Cabana made the save, letting Johnny know that Chuck had had enough. I don’t agree with that. I mean, whaaaaaat?
Saturday night, it was Colt Cabana vs Johnny as previously mentioned. And guess who came out on top? Of course it was Johnny! Did you really think Colt would win? Pft.
For the remainder of the weekend, Johnny was back to the state of New York for the EVOLVE doubleshot. After a less than stellar win loss record the last time he wrestled in EVOLVE, he claimed he was back to being Johnny Gargano. Whatever that meant, was he right? Again, thanks to PWPonderings, we’ve got results!
EVOLVE 34 from Elmhurst, NY:
Johnny Gargano def Anthony Nese (w/The Premier Athlete Brand) via roll up
EVOLVE 35 from Brooklyn, NY:
Johnny Gargano def Drew Gulak w Garga-No Escape
Congratulations to Johnny for kicking butt and being back to being him! We’re glad he is and we’re equally as glad he’s back to winning, too.
Johnny was back in AAW on Friday night and he faced off against someone who many people have wanted him to wrestle in the States for a long time – Tommaso Ciampa. And we heard from various people that they absolutely blew the roof off. But who came out on top?
BOLA is as big as you’ve heard. PWG isn’t the front-runner for best independent wrestling promotion for no reason, and BOLA — the yearly crowning tournament — is one of the many reasons as to why it’s earned it’s high regard. BOLA is a three-day tournament where numerous wrestlers battle off to a final three-way match where the winner is crowned, and for the second year in a row, Johnny was invited to the international tournament. Bringing in talents such as Kenny Omega, Chris Sabin, Zack Sabre Jr, AJ Styles, and Curt Hawkins, this tournament had seemingly been set up for a whole ‘nother level.
And this year, it certainly brought it.
We don’t want to gloat, but 23 people were involved in this year’s tournament, and our boy made it into the final three. Starting off with beating his former tag team partner, Chuck Taylor, Johnny then went on to mow down both Trevor Lee and Candice LeRae. Winding up in the finals with one man he knows very well, Ricochet, Johnny also had to look out for the man who advanced to the finals after assaulting the PWG champion, Kyle O’Reilly.
Unfortunately, the task seemed to be too large, and Ricochet was awarded this year’s winner of the Battle of Los Angeles. However, making it to the final three is an accomplishment of it’s own, I do believe, and we’re more than happy for you, Johnny! Train like Rocky all up until next year. 2015 will be your year, bub!
Thanks to the folks at PWPonderings, we’ve got some results on EVOLVE 33 and oh boy. This match was going to be hardhitting and crazy and it sounds like it was just that. But who won Evolution’s End? Click below to find out!
Thanks to the lovely folks over at DailyWrestlingNews, we have detailed results of what went down tonight at EVOLVE 32. Every now and then, you have a losing streak. It happens. It’s perfectly fine. Heck, it’s not even a losing streak, it’s just a streak where you’re not necessarily as lucky as you have been… Right? Right! Click the read more for detailed results, and be sure to tune in tomorrow, when things will get REALLY crazy at EVOLVE 33!
Match Number Four: Special Challenge Match: Johnny Gargano versus Caleb Konley (with Anthony Nese)
Johnny tries to find his metaphysical center before locking up. Konley with a waist lock and Gargano with a wrist lock. Konley with a hammer lock and snap mare into a rollup for a near fall. They lock up and Gargano misses a forearm. Konley with a hip toss and drop kick. Gargano with a double leg take down and then he connects with a running back elbow. Konley sends Gargano over the top rope and Gargano skins the cat and he sends Caleb to the floor with a head scissors.
Gargano with a pescado onto Konley. Gargano punches Konley and then he sends Konley into the guardrails. Gargano with a running chop to Konley. Nese says something to Gargano and that allows Konley to recover and he hits a bicycle kick. Konley runs Gargano into the guardrails. Konley picks up Gargano and he runs Johnny’s back into the ring post.
They return to the ring and Gargano with chops to Konley. Konley blocks a super kick and then hits a leg sweep followed by a back senton for a near fall. Konley with a cravate. Gargano chops Konley but Konley with an Irish whip and Gargano lands awkwardly in the corner. Konley gets a near fall.
Konley with a body scissors. Konley with a drop kick to the knees and then Konley with a double jump quebrada for a near fall. Konley with a punch to the back followed by a kick to the head. Gargano wants Konley to hit him again. Gargano with a slap and Konley with a kick and he gets a near fall. Konley with a body scissors. Konley and Gargano try for suplexes but they both block the other. Konley with a forearm but Gargano with a boot. Konley with a leaping knee and then Gargano goes to the apron and hits the slingshot spear. Gargano with punches and chops. Gargano with a sunset flip but Konley rolls through. Gargano with a series of kicks. Konley gets Gargano on his shoulders and Johnny goes to the apron and he hits a slingshot DDT and he gets a near fall.
Gargano with running knees into the corner but Konley with a missile drop kick and then he hits a tornado DDT for a near fall. Gargano avoids Konley in the corner and they exchange forearms. Gargano goes for a slingshot move and Konley with a drop kick to send Gargano to the floor. Konley goes for a pescado and Gargano moves. Gargano with a suicide dive onto Konley. Konley goes for a quebrada but Gargano gets his knees up.
Gargano with a kick but Konley with a super kick. Gargano with a clothesline and both men are down. Garano sets for Hurts Donut but Konley escapes. Konley with a kick but Gargano with an enzuigiri. Gargano goes up top with Konley on the turnbuckles. Konley tries to get Gargano on his shoulders and he hits a super Cradle Shock but Gargano kicks out.
Konley with a wrist clutch Boston Crab but Gargano escapes into a sunset flip and then he applies Gargano Escape. Konley with a rollup for a near fall. Gargano with a kick and then he hits the lawn dart for a near fall. Gargano spits on Nese outside the ring and Nese gets on the apron. Konley sends Gargano to the mat and Konley hits a double jump moonsault for the three count.
Winner: Caleb Konley
After the match, Konley gets on the mic and he says that Gargano was the champ for over two years. Johnny was the man, but now he is washed up. The Premiere Athlete Brand is going to the top.
Let’s act like you weren’t incredibly excited for the return of Matt Sydal to the independent scene. Almost immediately, independent dream matches were made, and one of the first ones we personally mentioned was Gargano vs. Sydal, and we got it tonight in every way we ever hoped and dreamed. Unfortunately for our main man Gargano, the dream match didn’t necessarily end in his favor. All the fans were in favor of Sydal, starting off with loud “welcome back!” chants, to which Johnny loudly reminded everyone that this was his house.
We certainly won’t disagree, but Johnny didn’t manage to confirm that with action. With a 20 minute classic that ended with a Shooting Star Press, Johnny earned another loss. And after the match, it certainly didn’t get better. Suffice to say, the Open the Freedom Gate Title is still a very sore subject, and once he was questioned on his feelings for Sydal’s desire to obtain said title, Johnny… freaked. However, it seemingly did remind him of what he needed to do. Stating Rich Swann was the one who made him lose the belt to Ricochet, Johnny promised to end Swann.
And at EVOLVE 33, we’ll certainly see if he backs that up.
A reminder that tomorrow Johnny will be facing Caleb Konley in Orlando, and he’ll still end his grudge with Rich Swann on Sunday in Jacksonville. If you’re in the area, per usual, be sure to attend. And if you can’t, click here for information on how to order both EVOLVE 32 & 33 on iPPV.