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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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And the triple shot weekend is over!

…But only after a war took place in the ring tonight at EVOLVE 27! Set to face Uhaa Nation, Johnny certainly had a challenge set before him — most knowing of the remarkable rise and return of Uhaa Nation several months ago. The two men battled from post to post, and they certainly made the main event something to remember. The detailed results are below the cut, with many thanks to PWInsider!

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Uhaa used his power early and Gargano showed his fear of Uhaa. Gargano did a great job reacting to Uhaa showing no effect on the kick to the head. Gargano then tries for a punch and chop series and once he realizes it is not working, he slows down and backs away. Uhaa gives Gargano a taste of his own medicine with a lawn dart into the stage.

Uhaa decides to go for the crazy move of the night trying to suplex Gargano over the railing to the ring but Gargano is able to counter and he power bombs Uhaa onto the apron. Gargano, being the benevolent man that he is, he tells the referee to count faster so Uhaa can be counted out faster and have medical attention provided. However, Uhaa does what so many have done over the last three days and returns to the ring at 19.

Gargano hit a nice spear from the apron to stop Uhaa, but Gargano was not able to take advantage of things because if you are going to spear someone the size of Uhaa, you are going to feel it too. Gargano was able to find a child in the crowd to dedicate a military press slam at some point in the match.

If have any doubts about the athleticism of Uhaa Nation, he hits a frog splash on Gargano from ¾ of the way across the ring. Gargano and Uhaa hit a nice sequence of moves with super kicks, German suplexes, a Death Valley Driver, and standing moonsault. Gargano might not want to spit in Uhaa’s face again.

Uhaa hit a great power bomb sequence after catching Gargano on a spear from the apron. Uhaa hit a deadlift Doctor Bomb followed by a regular power bomb, a Buckle Bomb, and a sit out power bomb for a near fall. Gargano did a good job of rolling through when Uhaa tried to escape the Gargano Escape. Gargano goes for a cross body and Uhaa catches him on the apron and turns it into a Death Valley Driver on the apron.

I didn’t like the need for the ref bump in the main event after having the referee get knocked out in the Bucks/Bravados brawl.

I liked that Gargano turned overly evil after the ref went down by going for the bad knee. Uhaa did a good job of selling the knee on the drop kick and tombstone piledriver because of the impact to the knee. Gargano did a good job countering the press slam attempt into the Gargano Escape. Then when Uhaa wouldn’t tap, Gargano added the STF to the Gargano Escape to get the victory.

Johnny Gargano cut a good promo at the end of the show. I loved how he joined in on the bandwagon of picking on a certain group of fans. Then he vows to beat them up if they confront him after the match and he dedicated it to a young fan in the crowd.

The ending of the show with Ricochet trying to get his title match against the winner of the Gargano/Strong match was good. Gargano should be the one who dictates things because he is the champion.

Johnny was great signaling to someone in the back to help him when Rich Swann came out to help Ricochet. Then it turns out to be Jon Davis. Maybe Gargano forgot about what happened in Orlando. Jon explains that he was helping out Johnny in the past, but it is over.

Since he has no one to help him, Gargano decides to do the right thing and sign the contract for Ricochet’s title match. Johnny tries to attack Ricochet with the pen and Swann hits Gargano with a super kick.

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With the big title defense coming up on Sunday against Uhaa Nation, Johnny teamed with his former foe and current (perhaps) lackey, Jon Davis, to take on Uhaa and AR Fox. Insanity is always expected when each man’s name is in the bout in a singular fashion, so tonight, Orlando certainly was treated to something spectacular. Click the read more for detailed results from EVOLVE 26 by the crew over at PWInsider!

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Ricochet gets on the mic. He mentions that he beat Chris Hero last night. Tonight, he beat Trent. He says that he has been on a roll. Whoever has the Open the Freedom Gate Title, whether it be Uhaa Nation, Roderick Strong, or Johnny Gargano, they are only holding it for him and he will see whoever the champion is in New Orleans.Match Number Six: Evolve Champion AR Fox and Uhaa Nation versus Open the Freedom Gate Champion Johnny Gargano and Jon Davis.

Fox and Gargano go for kicks but they block it and hop off. Gargano kicks Fox and then he hits Uhaa on the apron. Fox with a drop kick. Fox with a pescado onto Gargano on the floor.

Gargano and Fox start things off in a battle of the champions in this match. Gargano with a wrist lock but Fox with a reversal into a side head lock. Gargano with a kick to Fox but Fox with a Japanese arm drag. Fox puts Gargano on the turnbuckles but Gargano kicks Fox away. Gargano avoids Lo Mein Pain and Gargano with a sunset flip.

Uhaa tags in and he hits a shoulder tackle. Uhaa misses a splash in the corner and Gargano with chops that don’t really affect Uhaa. Davis with a knee to the back from the apron and Uhaa knocks Davis off the apron. Gargano rolls through and kicks Uhaa. Davis with a German suplex and he returns to the apron. Gargano knocks Fox off the apron.

Davis tags in and he punches Uhaa. Davis with forearms to the back. Davis with a series of slams to work on Uhaa’s back and he tags Gargano back into the match. Gargano runs the ropes and then he tags Davis back in. Uhaa with a forearm and he tries to get Davis up but he is unsuccessful. Uha with a kick but Davis with a spinebuster for a near fall.

Davis with a forearm but Uhaa with a Samoan drop. Gargano and Fox tags in and Fox with a kick from the apron and then Fox with a senton onto Davis. Fox kicks Davis and then hits springboard drop kick to Gargano followed by a springboard senton onto Davis on the floor. Fox with a springboard splash for a near fall.

Fox with a baseball slide to Davis. Gargano pushes Fox to the apron. Gargano sends Fox to Davis for a uranage on the apron. The referee starts his count. Fox gets back into the ring at 19. Gargano with a suplex for a near fall. Davis tags in and he chops Fox. Davis with a delayed vertical suplex and he tags Gargano in and he hits a drop kick for a near fall.

Gargano with a snap mare and then he says that everyone’s hero will break AR Fox’s fingers for you. Gargano sends Fox to the floor and then Gargano has the referee deal with him and Uhaa while Davis hot shots Fox onto the guardrails. Gargano rolls Fox back into the ring and gets a near fall.

Gargano with more near falls on Fox. Gargano kicks Fox and sends him to the ropes again. Gargano chokes Fox in the ropes. Davis tags in and he connects with a forearm. Davis presses Fox over his head but Fox tries for a sunset flip but Davis picks him up and hits an overhead suplex. Davis gets a near fall. Gargano tags in and he gets a near fall after a slam.

Gargano with an elbow to the head and he sends Fox over the top rope but Fox lands on the apron. Fox with a double jump springboard cutter for a near fall. Davis and Uhaa tag in and they exchange forearms and punches. Davis with a knee but Uhaa with a forearm. Davis with an elbow. Uhaa with forearm. Uhaa with a Death Valley Driver followed by a running drop kick that sends Davis into the turnbuckles. Uhaa with a Stinger Splash and flying clothesline.

Davis misses a boot and Uhaa with a German suplex for a near fall. Fox with a leg drop to Davis over the apron. Gargano with a suicide dive onto Fox. Uhaa with a drop kick to Gargano followed by a moonsault off the apron onto everyone. Uhaa and Gargano return to the ring and Johnny begs for mercy. Uhaa with punches followed by an Irish whip but Davis with a POUNCE. Fox with a wheelbarrow into a stunner.

Gargano with a slingshot DDT for a near fall to Fox for a near fall. Fox with elbows to Gargano. After avoiding clotheslines and elbows Fox with a clothesline. Gargano with a super kick to Fox and Uhaa with a clothesline to Gargano. Gargano with a super kick to Uhaa and Uhaa with a clothesline to Davis. Fox with a springboard codebreaker.

Uhaa gets Davis on his shoulders and Gargano tries for a cross body but Uhaa catches Gargano and he hits a Fallaway slam on both men. Uhaa puts Davis on the turnbuckles. Gargano pulls Uhaa to the floor and Davis with a flying clothesline when Fox sets for Lo Mein Pain but Uhaa breaks up the cover. Davis gets Fox up for Three Seconds Around the World but Fox counters. Gargano with a super kick to Davis when Fox moves. Fox with an enzuigiri to Gargano. Fox with a clothesline in the corner. Fox with a clothesline into the corner followed by a hesitation drop kick but Davis with a German suplex. Uhaa with a frog splash to break up the cover and he gets a near fall.

Uhaa presses Davis over his head but Davis gets to his feet. Gargano tries for a super kick but Uhaa moves and Davis blocks it. Davis punches Uhaa. Davis catches Fox and then Gargano with You’re Dead. Davis with Three Seconds Around the World but Uhaa sends Gargano into Davis to break up the cover.

Davis with a facebuster but Uhaa with a pop up power bomb. Uhaa with a boot to Gargano in the corner. Uhaa runs into a boot but Fox hits Lo Mein Pain. Uhaa drops Davis behind him and then Fox with a 450 splash followed by a moonsault and a shooting star press for the three count.

Winners: AR Fox and Uhaa Nation

After the match, Gargano yells at Davis and he tells him that he had one job to do and he failed. Gargano leaves the ring before Jon can do anything.

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What a night it was for EVOLVE!

A six-man tag was set up for later on, but plenty that involves good ol’ Gargano happened before! As a champion, a man always has a plentiful amount of men chasing behind them for the opportunity to clench on to the gold, and when you’re Johnny Gargano? It’s probably a bit worse. Everyone wants to topple the great Hero of DGUSA, and now? Johnny has three men in particular in the front of the line.

Earlier this week, it was announced that Roderick Strong would be incapable of competing at the EVOLVE tripleshot, and a new contender would be found in a FRAY between Chuck Taylor, Lince Dorado, Uhaa Nation, Caleb Konley and Jon Davis. Uhaa Nation prevailed, and at EVOLVE 27, Johnny will be taking on the Dragon Gate regular.

Following a match later, Ricochet defeated Chris Hero in a phenomenal bout before he mentioned the current Open the Freedom Gate champion; stating he was ducking him. Ricochet wants his title shot, and he wants it in New Orleans at Wrestlecon.

Johnny’s match (and all that occurred afterward) soon followed, and detailed results from PWInsider are below the cut. Words don’t do it justice: It’s certainly a bout to watch.

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Swann and Gargano start things off and Gargano decides to tag in Harlem because him and Swann are friends. Swann says that the Super Kick Party is in the house. They lock up and Harlem with a clean break. They lock up again and Harlem with a take down and front face lock but Swann with a hammer lock and he gets a near fall. Harlem with a near fall and he retreats into the ropes.

Harlem wants a test of strength but Swann with a chop and Harlem goes to the mat. Swann with a side head lock. Swann with a drop kick and Gargano hits Swann from behind and all six men are in the ring and then they all go to the floor. Nick gets sent into the ring post by Harlem. Swann and Gargano fight by the stage and Swann slams Gargano’s head into the stage but Gargano sends Swann into the stage and dedicates the beat down to a fan.

Gargano chokes Swann with a cord and he says that he is doing this for the children. Swann chops Gargano. Matt hits Harlem with a chair while Gargano sends Swann into the stage again. The Bucks and Swann with a triple dive to the floor and connect with the Bravados and Gargano.

The Bucks and Harlem are in the ring. Harlem with a forearm to Matt and an Exploder to Nick onto Matt. Harlem with a forearm to Matt and he chokes him with his head band. The Bravados with a double back elbow and a double elbow drop to Matt. Lance with a reverse chin lock but Matt with elbows. Lance pulls Matt down by the hair. Gargano tags back in and he uses his boots to rake the eyes. Gargano with a snap mare and drop kick to the back of the head.

Gargano with a crucifix for a near fall. Matt with a boot to Johnny. Matt with a spear to Johnny and Swann with a springboard drop kick to Lance and Johnny. Swann with a rana to Gargano. Matt with a baseball slide to the Bravados. Swann with a plancha onto the Bravados. Nick with a springboard swanton onto everyone.

Gargano chokes Swann and then he tells Swann that he loves him and then he drop kicks him and hits a uranage and gets a near fall. Gargano with boots to the head. Gargano kicks Swann in the corner. Harlem with a suplex for a near fall. Harlem with a boot to the head. Harlem with double sledges to the back. Lance tags in and he slams Swann a few times for a near fall. Lance knocks the Jacksons off the apron and Harlem tags in and connects with an elbow.

Swann chops Gargano but Gargano with a rolling kick for a near fall. Harlem with a splash to the back. Lance tags in and they hit a double flap jack on Swann and Lance gets a near fall. Harlem tags in and they try for a double suplex but Swann blocks it. Swann hits a handspring double cutter. Nick tags in and he hits a drop kick that knocks Lance and Gargano off the apron.

Nick with clotheslines to the Bravados across the corner for about 30 to 45 seconds. Nick with a clothesline and bulldog combination on the Bucks. . Nick with a shoulder to Harlem followed by a slingshot X Factor for a near fall.

Nick with an enzuigiri to knock Lance off the apron. Matt with an Asai DDT to Harlmen for a near fall. Swann with a chop and Gargano with a shoulder to Swann followed by a slingshot DDT for a near fall. Swann with chops to Lance and Garagano. Lance with a German suplex and Harlem with a slingshot Stunner. Gargano with a lawn dart for a near fall.

The Bravados send the Jacksons to the floor as all three men work over Swann. Lance with an Irish whip and Gargano is sent to the apron along with Harlem. The Jacksons with super kicks to Harlem and Gargano.Swann with a standing rana followed by an elbow drop and splash from the top turnbuckle but the Jacksons. Swann with a standing 450 splash but the cover is broken up.

Gargano with a super kick followed by one from Nick. Lance with a lariat and Swann with an enzuigiri. Swann and Gargano fight on the apron and Gargano rakes the eyes. Swann with a slap and then they Jacksons with a double super kick to Gargano. They hit a triple super kick on Harlem. Swann with a flip piledriver to Lance and then the Jacksons hit More Bang for Your Buck on Harlem for the three count.

Winners: Nick Jackson, Matt Jackson, and Rich Swann

After the match, Matt gets on the mic and he says that from the Tokyo Dome to Evolve, they are the best tag team on the planet. He says that it was a fluke when the Bravados beat them for the title. Matt says the titles are coming back.

Gargano attacks Swann and then the Bravados pull out the Jacksons.

Roderick Strong makes his way to the ring to make the save for his tag team partner. Strong holds Gargano’s title belt and Gargano returns to the ring to get it back but Strong chops him.

Uhaa Nation comes to the ring and Roderick says that on February 23rd, he wants a title shot at the DGUSA show. He says that while he likes Uhaa, he hopes that Johnny wins because he wants to kick the s*** out of Gargano.


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This weekend, EVOLVE will be hosting a triple shot in the state of Florida and here is all the information you need to know.

First of all, all of these events will be streamed LIVE! on iPPV. They will be broadcast in HD livescreen and if you order before the day before the shows, you will save 5$.

At EVOLVE 25 on January 10th, at the Orpheum in Ybor City, there will be an EPIC Six Man Tag match.

It will be Johnny Gargano and the Bravado Brothers versus Rich Swann and the Young Bucks! Each man has history with at least someone else in the match, so expect it to be explosive.

At EVOLVE 26 the very next night at the Orlando Downtown Recreatiom Complex in Orlando, Florida, there will be yet another tag match!

This time, champions will collide when Johnny teams with Jon Davis to face EVOLVE champion AR Fox and Uhaa Nation!

And now, onto EVOLVE 27 at the Edge Concert Hall in Jacksonville, Florida!

Originally, it was set to be Johnny versus the debuting Roderick Strong in a non title match. That has been up in the air since Roderick suffered an unfortunate injury at the ROH show on January 4th. Up until now, it’s been thought that Roderick would be available to wrestle. However, due to doctors orders, he won’t be available to wrestle.

But! Gabe has just informed everyone that Johnny will be facing the winner of the new “Chance of a Lifetime” FRAY! Competitors include Jon Davis, Chuck Taylor, Uhaa Nation, Caleb Konley, and Lince Dorado!

That’s a big match, and I’m quite excited to see who Johnny will end up facing.

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Heading into Brooklyn for a bout of the ages, Johnny was set to put the Open the Freedom Gate title on the line against Rich Swann. Numerous months of issues building, Johnny and Swann’s issues finally came to ahead in the center of the Dragon Gate USA ring tonight. Is Johnny still champion? Click the read more for detailed results!

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DGUSA Open the Freedom Gate champion Johnny Gargano vs. Rich Swann

Gargano came out and held onto the title for a long time, knowing his number could be up against the man who beat him last night in Queens.   He tried to tell Swann that they didn’t need to do this and that he loves Swann.  He told Swann that he was Gargano’s best friend and he would “appreciate it if you would lay down” for Gargano.  He asked him to do it for the kids with cancer because he’s their hero and he was his hero too.

Swann agreed to do it and laid down but the second Gargano got near him, he exploded with a series of right hands, beating the hell out of his former best friend.  Gargano went to the floor to escape and Swann teased a dive and bounced off the ropes.  Gargano hit the ring and nailed a lariat.  The idea was that Gargano knows Swann inside and out.

He worked over Swann and sent him to the floor.  Gargano went for a dive but Swann smashed him as he hit the ropes.  Gargano made a comeback and beat the hell out of Swann, telling the fans he was doing it for them.   He locked in a standing Texas Cloverleaf.

As all this was going on, something in the ring snapped, because the ropes began sagging a little.  They played up that this was going to change Swann’s strategy but the word is something that holds a section of the ring together snapped in one of the corners.

Swann tried to fight back but Gargano cut him off and slammed him hard.   Gargano smashed him into the buckles.   He peppered him with punches in the corner.    Gargano worked over Swann for a long time but he finally nailed a sunset flip to break the momentum.  He nailed a series of punches and strikes and sent Gargano to the floor, then hit a flip dive to the outside.

Swann chopped Gargano hard on the outside.  He worked over Gargano until he was caught out of nowhere with a hard kick.  Gargano controlled Swann and dared him to fight back.  Swann did with a ton of stiff kicks and shots.  They exchanged superkicks and nailed each other with a leg lariat at the same time.    Swann hit a nice flurry of kicks and offense including a handspring elbow, which with the state of the ropes, was a lot harder than usual.

Gargano cut him off and worked him over.  They battled to the outside, where Swann used the ropes to springboard towards Gargano and nail a cutter.    They returned to the ring where Swann nailed a Phoenix Splash for a two count.

Swann splashed him but Gargano grabbed him and locked in a Crossface.    Swann makes it to the ropes and fights back.  He locked oin Gargano’s old Crossface but Gargano made it to the ropes.  Swann used a reverse rana for a two count.

Gargano pulled the referee in front of him but Swann stopped short.  Swann went for a superkick but the referee was pulled in front again and was KO’d.  Swann wiped out Gargano but there was no referee to make the count.  He tried to revive the referee.   Gargano kicked him low and the crowd booed the hell out of that.

Gargano went to the outside and grabbed the DGUSA title.  He swung but Swann ducked and kicked him.  Swann went for a 450 splash but Gargano pulled the belt over and Swann smashed himself into the belt.  Gargano locked on the Crossface on the dazed Swann.  The referee recovered and lifted Swann’s arm three times.  He ruled a submission.

Your winner and still DGUSA champion Johnny Gargano!

Gargano stood over his beaten former friend.

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Heading into EVOLVE with his head held high and a purpose in mind, Johnny teamed up with Trent tonight in Queens. Did the makeshift tag team fare well against the worked duo of Rich Swann and Ricochet? Click the read more for detailed results from PWInsider!

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Rich Swann & Ricochet vs. DGUSA champ Johnny Gargano & Trent?
Swann vs. Gargano is set for tomorrow in Brooklyn.  If Gargano’s team  wins tonight, it’s a Loser Leaves Town bout for Swann.  If Swann’s team wins, it’s a title defense for Gargano tomorrow.Gargano says he’s refusing to fight Swann because he loves him, so Trent started the match.  The crowd started singing “Why can’t we be friends?”

Trent shoulderblocked Swann down hard.  Swann used some dazzling moves and superkicked him out of the ring,  Swann played to the crowd, allowing Gargano to then attack him from behind.   Trent returned to the ring and drilled him.  Swann made a comeback.  He and Ricochet nailed some nice double team maneuvers.

Ricochet tied up Trent and smashed his head into the buckles over and over.  He then tied him up in different holds, trying to force a submission.  Gargano hit the ring but ended up tied up on the mat, allowing Trent to attack him.

Gargano and Trent double teamed Swann.  Gargano drilled him with an awesome dropkick to the back of the head.  You can see that Gargano is really growing as a worker in this role.  He reminds me a LOT of Chris Jericho.  Trent started acting like he was going to do this insane move then just kicked Ricochet in the gut.

Trent cinched in a front facelock.  Ricochet fought his way to his feet.  He went for a tag but Trent cut him off and leveled him with a lariat.  Gargano held his legs out and Ricochet was drilled into his boots.  He tagged in and worked over Ricochet.

He beat down Ricochet in the corner but was shocked when Riochet fired back.  They ended up both down.  Trent tagged in and cut off Swann to prevent him from making the tag.  He then drilled Ricochet with a back suplex for a two count.

Gargano tagged back in but was cut off with an elbow as he charged.  Trent hit the ring but was tossed out.  Swann was about to get tagged but was pulled off the apron by Trent.  The storytelling in this is awesome.

Trent and Gargano pulled him back to their corner and trashed Ricochet.  He finally laid them both out with a sequence that saw Trent accidentally grab Gargano and then Ricochet nailed a neckbreaker that took them both out.

Swann tagged in FINALLY and hit a missile dropkick on both.  He wiped out Gargano with a great dive.  Ricochet and Trent went back and forth.  Swann returned to the ring and they double teamed Trent with an awesome flurry of offense for a two count.

Ricochet went for a 450 splash but Trent rolled out of the way.  Ricochet landed on his feet but Gargano distracted him.  Trent took him out.   They went into an awesome series of sequences, which the crowd was blown away by.

They began firing back and forth with forearms and chops.  Trent nailed a reverse piledriver after Gargano superkicked Ricochet but Swann broke it up at the last second.

Gargano battered Swann and spit on him.  That woke up Swann who went face to face with his former partner and began beating the holy hell out of him.  Swann unloaded with some massive chops.  Gargano caught him and trapped him on his shoulders, allowing Trent to nail a flying knee off the top into his face for a two count.  Gargano was shocked he kicked up.

Gargano said, “I’m sorry Rich, I love you.” and set him up to be decimated but Ricochet returned and drilled him with a big dropkick to the face.  Ricochet hit a 720 on Gargano.  Swann hit his standing 450 splash and scored the pin.

Your winners, Ricochet & Rich Swann!

Just an awesome tag match that was so ridiculously good, it was criminal there were only 100 or so fans here.

Swann will have a DGUSA Open the Freedom Gate title shot tomorrow.

Swann took the mic and asked everyone what they thought of the match. He said that now he’s kicked his ass, he gets to name the stipulation. He said he knows the belt means the world to Gargano, so he doesn’t need to add any stipulations. He said that he knows he can beat him and tomorrow he will.

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Johnny Gargano is certainly the best wrestling role model for children everywhere. Interested in why? Well, he’s more than happy to explain it to you as to why he’s your, and every child across the nation’s, hero. With EVOLVE heading back to New York City, Johnny stands in an unenviable position against former friend, Rich Swann.

Saturday night, Johnny will take Swann on in tag team action with his hand chosen partner, Trent? to stand across from Rich Swann and Ricochet. On Sunday, Johnny Gargano will then go solo to take on his former Ronin partner. The winner of the tag match on Saturday determines what the stipulation will be on Sunday. Word has been floating around that Rich’s chosen match will force Johnny to put the Open the Freedom Gate championship on the line, because “the only way to hurt Johnny is to take away his identity, to take away the thing he cares about the most.”

Promising he will not lose his innocence in this war, Johnny goes on the offense – speaking harshly towards Swann because, hello, who would want to hurt an entire world full of children to take away their Hero’s crown? Rich Swan has certainly become evil, and he’s left Johnny with no choice – if Swann loses on Sunday, he has to leave Dragon Gate USA.

EVOLVE 23 is this Saturday in Ridgewood, New York. Bell time is 8PM, and the show takes place at the Guzman Sports Lounge. EVOLVE 24 is also certainly shaping up to be just as exciting, with a big change potentially hanging in the air. Taking place in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Lyceum, bell time begins an hour earlier at 7. If you can attend, be sure to do so!

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American Hero?

Undoubtedly. Coming out to welcome the fans to EVOLVE 21, Johnny early on to make one remarkable comparison: He was one of the greats. Among the likes of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, Johnny Gargano was confirmed as the leader and the hero of tonight’s mission. In the USA vs. the World Dragon Gate USA competition, four matches were set, and Johnny brought the other three competitors to the ring, hyping up each before the show continued on. Coming out for commentary in AR Fox’s match later on in the night, Johnny once more reminded the fans of what a true American he is – also supporting his fellow comrade in the mini-tournament.  With AR Fox victorious, Johnny then swung down to the ring, ready for competition against AR Fox after giving him his spotlight (or maybe only for a second, who’s counting?).

Then standing across from the vicious Tomahawk TT, Johnny brought it to the limit – waving around America flags, crossing his heart like a true American, and fighting for our beautiful country’s honor. Unfortunately, Johnny wasn’t victorious, however, with the score at 2-2, Johnny proposed a tag team match. AR Fox joining him, Johnny and the EVOLVE Champion fought for America’s sweet name against Tomahawk and EITA, and secured the victory.

Of course, other strong American forces came out to assist, but in the end, Johnny pulled it out for our phenomenal country, putting Tomahawk in the Gargano Escape and giving the USA the 3-2 victory. You’re a hero, Johnny! Not one to ever mock or gloat, Johnny simply closed the show as a true American would. Reminding everyone that he singlehandedly won the war on terror tonight, Johnny then sat down on a knocked out Tomahawk TT, crooning “God Bless the USA” to close the show, lifting the hearts of all across the world.

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