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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
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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.
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 2012/11/08

 

After getting assaulted after his match with EITA at the first night of DGUSA’s triple shot event by Jon Davis, Johnny returned the second night looking for revenge. Whether he got it is questionable, but as the pictures show (taken by the lovely Scott Finkelstein over at Get Lost Photography), he certainly put up a fight: Injured or not.

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 2012/11/04

Despite the injuries he’s experienced over the past two days, Johnny demanded to be involved in the fatal-four way elimination match up. Want the full results? Click the read more!

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Open The Freedom Gate Title Match, Elimination Rules: Johnny Gargano vs Ricochet vs AR Fox vs Akira Tozawa

Jon Davis comes out to the ring during introductions and pulls Gargano out to ringside and repeatedly rams his back into the ring apron, leaving Gargano in a heap once again and now putting his reign as the Open The Freedom Gate Champion in jeopardy. The referee goes out to ringside to check on Gargano, but makes the decision to ring the bell and it looks like the match is going to go on without Gargano. Tozawa and Ricochet double team Fox and give him a double suplex, then they take turns putting the boots to him as Gargano is still down on the outside. Well, I’m sure he’ll find his way into the ring eventually. Fox slams Ricochet and hits a split legged twisting senton for 2. Another referee is checking on Gargano as Tozawa nails Fox to prevent him from suplexing Ricochet, but Fox fights his way out and hits a running clothesline in the corner, Tozawa dumps Fox on his butt, and Ricochet gets a Zig Zag on Tozawa before laying some kicks into the chest of Fox. Ricochet stomps on the knee Fox injured on Friday night before ramming Tozawa into the corner, then does the same to Fox. Ricochet ping pongs back and forth with charging clotheslines in the corner on Fox and Tozawa before snapamring Tozawa and kicking him in the head. Ricochet takes a break to go to the corner and yell at Gargano to get up, then leaves to sit in with the announcers and tell the fans watching the iPPV that Gargano isn’t really hurt and that the other guys aren’t on his level. Ricochet goes back to the ring and goes to the top rope, but Gargano pops up on the apron and shoves Ricochet off the top rope, spears Tozawa through the ropes, and backdrops Fox to the floor. ricochet kicks Gargano in the back from the apron, Tozawa boots him, and Fox gets a moonsault for 2. Ricochet hits Gargano with a shooting star press, Fox pulls him out to the floor before he can get the three count, and Tozawa covers for 2 of his own before choking Gargano in the corner with his boot. Ricochet and Fox are brawling out on the floor as Tozawa continues working over in the corner, and Ricochet rams Fox into the ringpost as Tozawa pulls Gargano’s t-shirt off and whips him with it. Gargano’s midsection is bandaged up as Tozawa Kobashi chops him in the corner, then does the same to Ricochet and Fox when they charge in. Tozawa then jabs Fox and Ricochet in the jaw, but Gargano connects with a jab of his own to Tozawa, and everyone goes down. Fox goes for a springboard something from the apron, Gargano dropkicks Fox onto Ricochet’s shoulders, then he dives through the ropes with a spear that sends Fox and himself into the crowd, and then Tozawa hits a dive of his own. All four men are in a bad way on the floor, and Fox makes it even worse by wiping everyone out with a kick flip off a nearby pillar. Ricochet springboards back into the ring with a clothesline on Tozawa, then slams him in the corner and goes to the top rope, but Gargano shoves Ricochet to the floor as Fox hits Rolling Thunder on Tozawa. Gargano goes out to the apron and slingshots in with a DDT on Fox, then makes a cover and gets a very close 2. Gargano runs into a big boot from Fox, who follows up with a twisting enziguiri, and then everyone else hits big bombs on one another until all four men are down again. Gargano somehow gets to his feet first, and he sits Tozawa on the top turnbuckle to go for a superplex, but Ricochet shoves Gargano off to go after Tozawa himself. They fight it out on the top rope until Gargano and Fox go up as well for a Tower of Doom spot. Fox covers Gargano but only gets 2, then hits Sliced Bread #2 on Gargano and a springboard Codebreaker on Ricochet gets 2. Fox picks Gargano up in a fireman’s carry, Gargano slips out and goes for the lawn dart, Fox escapes that and springboards out of the corner with an Ace Crusher for 2. Ricochet charges in with an IED in the corner on Gargano, but Gargano kicks him off on a standing moonsault attempt as Fox hits a springboard 450 on Gargano for 2. Fox cannonballs Tozawa in the corner and then goes for the rebound Spanish Fly, but Tozawa catches him with a German suplex, and Ricochet comes off the top with a 450 splash on the bridging Tozawa, but still only gets 2. Ricochet starts attacking the bad knee of Fox and dropkicks him out to the floor, but Tozawa enziguiris Ricochet from the floor, then tries to suplex Gargano on the apron. Ricochet dives over Tozawa and Gargano to take out Fox as Tozawa and Gargano take it back inside, with Tozawa taking Gargano out with a running kneestrike. Ricochet takes Fox over to a ladder he found by the back of the building, hangs Fox from it Tree of Woe style, and hits him in the knee with a chair before dragging him back to the ring. Ricochet rolls Fox into the ring and covers for 2, then starts slapping Fox around before whipping Fox across the ring. Fox’s knee give out halfway across the ring, so Ricochet waits for Fox to get to his feet and charges him, Fox gets his boot up and comes off the second rope, but Ricochet catches him on the way down and gets a Texas Cloverleaf. Fox tries to get to the ropes, but Ricochet drags him back out to the middle of the ring and starts punching Fox in the knee while keeping the hold, and Fox finally is forced to tap out and we have our first elimination.

AR Fox is eliminated.

We’re down to three men, and Gargano tears the bandages off his midsection as they all go face to face. They all take turns punching each other until Tozawa and Ricochet finally have enough and double team Gargano. Ricochet hits a 619 from the outside and Tozawa hits a Saito suplex for 2. Tozawa distracts the referee while Ricochet chokes Gargano with his own bandages, then they take turns with rapid fire kicks to the injured midsection of Gargano, who still somehow kicks out of a pin attempt by Tozawa. Gargano ducks a double clothesline attempt, Ricochet tries to backslide him, but Gargano turns around as Tozawa comes in with a bicycle kick and Ricochet takes the brunt of the move. Gargano lays both challengers out with a DDT/Flatliner combo, then he tries to suplex Tozawa into the corner but Tozawa blocks and drills him with a forearm, and Gargano gets the suplex on a second attempt. Gargano charges across the ring at Ricochet but now he gets suplexed into the corner, hitting even harder than Tozawa, but he dodges a Phoenix splash from Ricochet, who lands on his feet and takes both Gargano and Tozawa out with a double Pelle kick. He lays both opponents right next to each other and hits them both with a Phoenix splash, but they both kick out at 2. Ricochet drags Gargano to the corner for yet another high risk move, but Gargano gets to his feet and blocks Ricochet long enough for Tozawa to pop up and German suplex Ricochet off the top rope. Gargano hits Ricochet with Hertz Donut and then Tozawa plants Ricochet with a bridging German suplex, and Ricochet is out.

Ricochet is eliminated.

Both men are exhausted and have trouble getting to their feet, but they slowly get up and go nose to nose in the middle of the ring. Gargano dodges a bicycle kick, Tozawa dodges a superkick, and Gargano fires a flurry of forearms at Tozawa before lawn darting him into the second turnbuckle. Gargano with a kick to the head and a deep cradle, but Tozawa is out at 2. Gargano tries for Hertz Donut, but Tozawa escapes and tries a German suplex, and they go back and forth with the reversals until Gargano finally gets Hertz Donut. Tozawa rolls through the Gargano escape and hits a pair of German suplexes, Gargano superkicks Tozawa, and Tozawa doesn’t seem to notice as he comes right back in with a bridging German that Gargano still somehow kicks out of at 2. Tozawa goes for the straitjacket suplex, but Gargano blocks by holding the ropes, so Tozawa bicycle kicks him in the back of the head, and Gargano hangs Tozawa off the second rope for a modified Hertz Donut, then hits a conventional version, and Tozawa still kicks out at 2. Gargano gets the Gargano Escape on Tozawa right in the middle of the ring, Tozawa goes for the ropes, Gargano drags Tozawa back out to the middle of the ring and Tozawa gets a small package, Gargano kicks out at 2 and drags Tozawa back out to the middle of the ring and reapplies the Gargano Escape, and Tozawa finally taps out.

Winner: Johnny Gargano

This match was absolutely amazing. It told several great stories with Gargano getting jumped by Jon Davis before the match, Ricochet taking every shortcut possible before losing anyway, Fox hanging with the big boys even though he was the underdog, and Gargano fighting the odds and beating his three toughest opponents to walk away with the title still around his waist. This was a grueling match where everyone left it all in the ring, and I’d say this could have been the best match ever in Dragon Gate USA. Yes, it was that good.

Gargano tries to shake Tozawa’s hand, but Tozawa just rolls out of the ring and leaves. Gargano says this was an amazing show, but he thanks the fans for coming out in spite of all the damage caused by the hurricane, and he speaks for everyone in the locker room when he says how grateful they all are for being able to work in front of the greatest wrestling fans in the world. He says they’re doing an EVOLVE show in December, then Dragon Gate USA will be back in the new year, but this show was special for him because it’s been a year since he became the first American to win the Open The Freedom Gate Title, and he’s defended the title all over the world, and can guarantee that he’ll always give the fans 110% because as long as his heart is still beating, the title is going nowhere.

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 2012/11/03

After getting brutally assaulted at last night’s iPPV, Johnny made his presence known tonight at Uprising with one target in mind: Jon Davis. Click the read more for detailed results!

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Jon Davis comes out for a promo and says he’s not dressed to wrestle because he took Johnny Gargano out last night, but Gargano’s music hits and the Open The Freedom Gate Champion himself comes out of the back in his own street clothes with a referee in tow, and it looks like Davis is going to be wrestling after all!

Anything Goes: Jon Davis vs Johnny Gargano

Davis nails Gargano before he has a chance to do anything and repeatedly rams his injured back into the ring apron. Davis rolls Gargano into the ring to officially start the match, and he takes Gargano out with a short clothesline for 2. Gargano’s in a real bad way, and Davis comes off the ropes with a huge lariat and covers Gargano for the easy win.

Winner: Jon Davis

Davis takes a couple of chairs out from under the ring and sets up a table at ringside, but the referees quickly hustle what’s left of Johnny Gargano to the back before Davis can cause any more damage.

Davis takes his time heading to the back, and suddenly Gargano leaps out of nowhere and dives onto Davis, then drills him with several chairshots. Davis shrugs the attack off and unloads on Gargano with some forearms, but Gargano starts firing right hands back at Davis and rolls him into the ring. Gargano looks determined to put a hurting on Davis, but Davis kicks him low and goes for an Awesome Bomb. Gargano slips out the back and shoves Davis out to the ring apron, and goes back after him with another flurry of punches. Davis grabs Gargano by the throat and chokeslams him, but Gargano pops right back up and superkicks Davis off the apron and through the table Davis set up at ringside.

Even after slowing Davis down for the time being, Gargano is still in a real bad way and has to be helped to the back a second time. The referees show some poor judgment by going to check on Davis as he slowly gets back to his feet, and the camera is staying on them a little too long for me to believe this scene will end uneventfully. Davis finally is up and shoves one of the referees into the barricade before slowly hobbling to the back, as it appears that the predator has been wounded.

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 2012/11/02

Taking on EITA on the first night of Dragon Gate USA’s triple shot weekend, Johnny opened the show and ended his night off on what appears to be a very sour note. Click the read more for detailed results from tonight’s event!

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Open The Freedom Gate Champion Johnny Gargano vs EITA

They tie up in the middle of the ring and quickly go to the mat and exchange some holds before breaking clean. EITA takes Gargano down with a shoulderblock, then he hits the ropes and Gargano goes up for a leapfrog, but EITA dropkicks him square in the chest and Gargano goes down. Gargano knocks EITA out to the floor and goes for a dive through the ropes, but EITA nails him on the way down and then lays in a hard chop. EITA goes for a second hard chop, but Gargano sees it coming and ducks, making EITA chop the ringpost. Back inside they go, as Gargano with a snapmare followed by a dropkick to the back of the head. Gargano grapevines the one arm and then back bridges over the other one, doing that modified version of the Rings of Saturn that Nigel McGuinness used to great effect. Gargano goes for a suplex, but EITA lowers his base to block the move and puts Gargano on his ass with another chop. EITA chokes Gargano with a straddle on the second rope and then he tries a suplex, but Gargano slips around behind him, schoolboys him over, and connects with a kick to the face. Gargano tosses EITA out to the floor and tries to go after him, EITA slips back inside and charges Gargano as he re-enters the ring, but Gargano catches him with a spear through the ropes. EITA blocks a bulldog and goes for a flying headscissors, but Gargano drops down into a sitout powerbomb for 2, then dumps EITA over his head and out to the floor on the kickout. EITA quickly gets back to his feet, but Gargano comes through the ropes with a crossbody, then sends EITA back inside and slingshots over the top rope with a DDT for 2. EITA whips Gargano to the ropes and tries a dropkick, but Gargano holds the ropes and EITA hits nothing. Gargano quickly comes over and kicks EITA square in the head, but EITA responds with a charging forearm that sends the champion back down to the mat. EITA goes for a Gory Special, Gargano rolls out the back and tries to dump EITA back out to the floor, but EITA hangs onto the ropes and springs back inside where he now sends Gargano out to the floor and then comes off the top rope with a moonsault out to the floor, and the fans go nuts. Back inside they go, Gargano blocks what looks like a version of the Hacker Slam, but EITA dropkicks his leg out, then hangs him on the ropes and comes off the second rope with a guillotine legdrop. He goes for another Gory Special and turns it into a leaping version of the Cop Killa, and Gargano barely kicks out at 2. That looked really devastating. EITA hits a moonsault, but makes the mistake of going up for a second one and lands right on Gargano’s knees. Gargano with a series of strikes, lawn darts EITA into the second turnbuckle, superkicks him in the face, and goes for Hertz Donut, but EITA counters to a victory roll that Gargano kicks out of at 2.9999999999. Gargano hits Hertz Donut the second time around, and then goes right into the Gargano Escape and EITA taps out.

Winner: Johnny Gargano

Excellent opener, this was a great way to introduce EITA to the company because he looks like he can go with anyone in the company after coming so close to beating the Open The Freedom Gate Champion. Gargano asks for a microphone and says that he heard that a lot of the fans in attendance are seeing DGUSA for the first time tonight, but the match we just saw is what DGUSA is all about: a couple of young, hungry guys who come out here not for money or fame, but because they love professional wrestling. He tells the fans to give it up for EITA, and says he thinks he speaks for everyone here by saying that he wants to see a lot more of what he brings to the table. He shakes EITA’s hand, then says how proud he is to be the Open The Freedom Gate Champion for a full year. He lives out a dream every single time he’s in this ring, and he is so grateful to do what he loves, and this Sunday he has his toughest test to date.

Speaking of that test, Jon Davis charges out to the ring and takes Gargano’s head off with a clothesline, then drills him into the mat with a spinebuster. He drags Gargano back to his feet and hits another spinebuster, and pulls him up yet again for a third spinebuster. Gargano is limp as Davis practically deadlifts him to his feet to deliver yet a fourth spinebuster. Officials come out to stop Davis, who appears to finally be finished delivering the beating to Gargano, but then goes back and delivers a fifth spinebuster before finally leaving the ring and returning to the locker room. Gargano is down in the middle of the ring and looks to be in a lot of pain as the officials tend to him. In a scene that is eerily reminiscent of this past January when Gargano first injured his back at the final ECW Arena show, Gargano lays in the ring motionless for several minutes before finally being helped to the back by the officials.

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 2012/11/01

November 1st: This is the final Dragon Gate USA weekend of 2012 so you can expect a lot of major happenings as The Road To WrestleCon kicks into high gear. Who will leave the weekend as Champions? What issues will explode? Who will increase their stock? Here’s the skinny on what everyone has at stake:

Open The Freedom Gate Champion Johnny Gargano: This is his first year anniversary as DGUSA Champion. He will be faced with a “best of” his first year challengers in a Four Way Elimination Match this Sunday. However, he also must watch out for Jon Davis. Check out this free video recap.

Johnny Gargano Boots Ryo Saito In The Face During The Open The Freedom Gate Title Match Last Month In Japan. See Both In Action On All Three DGUSA Live iPPVs This Weekend!

 

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 2012/10/27

www.DGUSA.tv is the place to get tickets and info on Dragon Gate USA and EVOLVE. Watch this recap of Jon Davis’ shocking actions at EVOLVE 17 against Open The Freedom Gate Champion Johnny Gargano. Then check out DGUSA in action on Nov. 2nd in Everett, MA, Nov. 3rd in Voorhees, NJ and Nov. 4th in Long Island. NY. Watch the Gargano vs. Davis feud expose! Be there in person or watch at www.WWNLive.com on live iPPV.

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 2012/10/25

For the upcoming Dragon Gate USA weekend, Johnny Gargano is schedule for the triple shot weekend. On November 2nd, at Fearless in Everett, MA, Johnny will stand across from EITA from Dragon Gate. Then swinging over to Voorhees, NJ on the 3rd, Johnny currently appears to be inactive, but simply one day later on the 4th, Johnny will put his Open the Freedom Gate title on the line in Long Island, NY in a four way elimination match against Akira Tozawa, AR Fox and Ricochet.

Currently on day 347 of his reign, and having defended it in three countries, Johnny is set for the biggest challenge of his professional career thus far on the 4th. Will he make it past the three talented stars and hit the year mark for his championship run, or will he fall just before it?

Tune into WWNLive to see all three STACKED events with packages starting at just $9.99!

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 2012/10/25

 

#HOE8: Johnny Gargano faces Michael Elgin for the first time ever! The show takes place Friday, November 23rd, 2012 with a 7:30 belltime. Stationed in the Turners Hall at 7325 Guthrie Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio, all seats are first come, first serve and are fifteen dollars. If you buy ONLINE, you ARE admitted first. Interested in going?  Tickets are available at AIWrestling.com!

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 2012/10/24

EVOLVE will crown a champion! Here are the first details on the EVOLVE Title. Go to www.DGUSA.tv for the latest. EVOLVE returns to action on December 8th in Voorhees, NJ. Go to www.DGUSA.tv for ticket or watch at www.WWNLive.com on live iPPV.

Currently at the top end of the leaderboard in EVOLVE, one of the current questions on the mind of EVOLVE fans speckled throughout the world is: Is Johnny Gargano eligible as the current DGUSA Open the Freedom Gate champion? And if so, what are his chances? Arguably the man with the biggest target on his back in EVOLVE at the current time, one can only wonder how all will unfold in the next several months.

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