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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On this week’s CHIKARA Podcast-A-Go-Go, Johnny once again made his appearance alongside an extended portion of F.I.S.T. In the match above, you can emerge yourself in a Relevos Atomicos match from Syracuse, NY. The director had previously set up the scorned Gran Akuma up with the team of 3.0 in an interesting trio. This previous weekend, the makeshift trio teamed up with the ever popular El Generico to take on the team of F.I.S.T and their partner, Ophidian.
The match starts off fast and impressive in an almost dream pairing of Gargano and Generico, both trying to best the other with their unmatched speed. Generico apparently obtains the advantage, much to the liking of the crowd who popped loudly in his infamous “ole” chants at the pin fall.
Being the resilient star that he is, Gargano would kick out to then roll out of the ring to prevent anymore damage to his beloved body. The exciting match preview would continue on for nearly three minutes, giving the fans only a mere taste of the stacked bout. With evident practiced teamwork between Chuck Taylor and Ophidian, and a quadruple (yes, a QUADRUPLE) Boston Crab, the match has proven to be nothing short of absolutely exciting – the CHIKARA standard.
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In a recap from the Chikarasaurus Rex: How to Hatch a Dinosaur live iPPV event, this episode of the podcast shows the unfortunate night when Gargano and Taylor dropped the Chikara Campeonatos de Parejas to the Young Bucks. If you had to miss the event, fortunately enough for you, you can get a three-and-a-half minute preview from the video above at around the 6:10 point.
The main event of the show depicted a first-time match up between the impressive stars and moved at an incredibly fast pace with several high-risk moves that could make you curse, such as a missed slingshot spear to the outside and an unforgiving DDT on the apron. (Yes, both of the moves did happen to our favorite star, ending with him cringing in pain). Nonetheless, the amount of crisp double team maneuvers on both sides was nothing short of phenomenal, and there were numerous incredibly close calls that kept you on the edge of your seat, with little dashes of cheating as you would expect with F.I.S.T in the match. Despite the end result, it is truly something to watch, from my honest opinion.
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With F.I.S.T nearly walking away with the victory in the King of Trios tournament in 2011, one can only wonder how the defined group is going to stand against their competitors. Making it to the final round last year against The Colony, F.I.S.T would unfortunately fall. They had managed to storm past elite teams such as Team Australia (Kabel, Percy T & Tama Williams), Team Osaka Pro (Atsushi Kotoge, Daisuke Harada & Ultimate Spider Jr.), and Team Michinoku Pro (Dick Togo, Great Sasuke & Jinsei Shinzaki) to obtain their prestigious spot in the finals.
A team that has certainly spent an impressive amount of time together, F.I.S.T has an advantage over some of their competitors. Back at the King of Trios tournament in 2010, Johnny would team up with Aeroform (Flip Kendrick & Louis Lyndon), but ultimately get eliminated by the Colony in the first round.
One day later, Johnny would come out during F.I.S.T.’s match against Team Osaka Pro, proudly sporting a F.I.S.T shirt. During this time, F.I.S.T was then made up of Chuck Taylor, Icarus and Gran Akuma. Though the team would lose, Johnny would go on to state on his Facebook that he liked the team of F.I.S.T, but noticed that the team had a very evident weak link. The stable would grow paranoid, pointing fingers at one another. One month later at Chikarasaurus Rex: King of Show, F.I.S.T would lose against CIMA, Masaaki Mochizuki and Super Shenglong after Gran Akuma took the pin fall. Johnny would go out to the ring to then witness the official removal of Akuma from F.I.S.T, before they took his cuffs and gave them to their newest member.
With Johnny added, F.I.S.T’s losing streak came to an end after several tag team matches. On a new high, they headed into the aforementioned King of Trios tournament to ultimately lose in the final round. Not letting it break their stride, Taylor and Gargano would go on to win the Chikara Campeonatos de Parejas a short time after. The trio would continue to hold the titles from September 18th to March 24th, before winning them back on April 14th after a match of shenanigans. Months later on June 2nd, they would drop the belts to the Young Bucks.
With nearly a year of consistent ring work with one another in the bag, F.I.S.T has a clear advantage. Will they come out on top, or will the Colony get the best of Johnny’s team once more, despite the major factor missing in their team in Soldier Ant?
Our staff recently had a chance to sit down with Open The Freedom Gate Champion Johnny Gargano to discuss his title defense and I Quit Match this weekend, his title reign and the rumors surrounding his contract status. Here is our exclusive interview with the champ:
Question: We are 8 months into your title reign, what has been the hardest part about it and the best part?
JG: When I won the Open The Freedom Gate Championship, I knew the work was just beginning. We were just getting started. I wouldn’t have a night off in that ring, as I’d always be matched up against the best talent in the world, hungry to make a name for themselves by taking me down, and that’s 100% fine. I expect them to want to do that.
The hardest part? My nagging back injury has been a bit of a burden here and there as it gives guys a clear cut bullseye to aim for when they get in the ring for me, but what can I say? That’s professional wrestling, ya know? I have a weakness, it’s smart to target it.
The best part? Probably the looks I see from the younger guys who do the ring crew, or do the seminars, or are on the bonus card. Whenever I go up and introduce myself, or shake there hands I see a look of hope. I see a look of inspiration almost. They see a guy like me, who started right where they are currently. They see a guy who worked extremely hard, and took his opportunity, and rose from a bonus card nobody, to the face of the company. I think that shows them that anything is possible. If Johnny Gargano can do it, then it can be done, and nothing can stop them from doing it too.
Question: You have perhaps your toughest title defense yet this Saturday in the Detroit area against Akira Tozawa, a man who has pinned you twice in the last year, what is your game plan going into this one?
JG: Well, he’s had my number twice, so obviously I have to do something different now don’t I? I think that Akira Tozawa has quietly become my greatest rival in Dragon Gate USA. I’ve watched him grow into one of the absolute best professional wrestlers in the world and I know all too well what he’s going to bring to me on Saturday. We had a war against one another at Untouchable 2011 in Chicago, and I’m sure it’ll be no different a year later in Taylor, Michigan. He’s gotten better. I’ve gotten better, but at the end of the day only one man can be the Open The Freedom Gate Champion, and If I have any say in the matter, MY title is going nowhere.
Question: Then on Sunday in Chicago it is an I Quit Match vs. Chuck Taylor. What are your thoughts on this one?
JG: This is it. The is the end. The storied feud of Chuck Taylor and Johnny Gargano comes to an end this Sunday in Chicago. We both have wins over one another, and while our last match had a bit of craziness to it, this time there are NO rules. The only way to win is to inflict so much physical damage on your opponent that he has no choice but to utter the words “I Quit”. We were partners, we were best friends, and we were like brothers, but Chuck Taylor quit on me, he quit on Ronin and he quit on Dragon Gate USA a LONG time ago. I’ve never quit ANYTHING a day in my life, and I don’t plan on starting now. I’m all heart, and as long as my heart is still beating, I don’t give up, and I don’t stop. Chuck Taylor is going to have to kill me to make me say those words.
Question: Ok, we have to ask this. It’s been reported on the wrestling news sites that your DGUSA contract is coming up. Is this true and if so, what’s your next move?
JG: I don’t know. We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. Right now, I’m just focused on this weekend. I think something will happen this weekend.
Gran Akuma and 3.Ole (El Generico, Scott Parker & Shane Matthews) beat FIST (Chuck Taylor, Icarus & Johnny Gargano) and Ophidian. There was lots of comedy here too, with Generico and 3.0 being funny and Akuma refusing to join in. Akuma seemed to be getting mad that he wasn’t being taggedin, but he finally got in. He hit a frog splash for a near fall and then Jagged asked if he’d seen Ready to Rumble and that all four needed to go up at one. Akuma refused to partake. Matthews makes Ophidian tap out to the crab and Akuma stared down Icarus.