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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After the killing opening match at the kickstart event of this EVOLVE weekend, Johnny Gargano understandably took a well deserved rest before meeting up with Gabe earlier today. With a mild confrontation about Johnny’s tactics during his match with Shingo at Wrestlecon, Gabe was cut off as Johnny informed him of the utmost truth. All he did was show all the heart in the world – as he did last night with his match against Matt Jackson. Your hero, however, still has two matches set up for him this exciting, action-packed weekend. Involved in the USA vs. the World series, Johnny chose himself as the leader for Team USA – rightfully so! (After all, Ohio is the epicenter of America, anyway, and he does bleed red, white, and blue.) Taking on Tomahawk T.T. on Saturday, Johnny plans to lead America to the good ol’ victory it deserves.
And then on Sunday, perhaps one of the most exciting matches of the summer set, Johnny will take on the King of Flight, Samuray Del Sol. Mentioning the rumors floating around about the high-flyer, Johnny reminds everyone of one thing: He, instead, resigned like the inspiration he truly is, who does what’s best for the company that made him. Just like how he fights his hardest to remain champion, knowing that it makes DGUSA.
And now, he’s off to Universal in celebration! Don’t fall off any rides, Gargano!
EVOLVE 21 & 22 are still set to go underway this Saturday and Sunday, with loaded cards you just don’t wanna miss. If you’re interested in ordering, the link is down below with packages that start at $10. Be sure to purchase the day before the event, so the five dollar price hike does not go into effect!
In the opening contest in the first show of the upcoming tripleshot weekend for EVOLVE, Johnny Gargano took on a man he knows far too well. With numerous tag team matches in their past, the two competitors brought the intensity in the very first match up. In a match that was described as “worthy for the VOD alone,” Johnny managed to squeeze past Matt Jackson of the Young Bucks to obtain the victory. Now 1-0 for this EVOLVE weekend, Johnny’s tore open the (freedom) gate (badumtish!) and began his mad dash towards complete Florida domination.
The VOD will be uploaded to WWNLive tomorrow, so if this has been a match of your dreams, there’s still a chance for you to see it, and view all you desire. The link for purchase is down below!
Hyped by nearly all members of the internet independent wrestling scene, this weekend’s EVOLVE tripleshot events are sure to be something wild. In three cards that are stacked from top to bottom, EVOLVE makes it’s Florida return, and promises something special. Busy all three nights – on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, Johnny will face three remarkably brilliant talents. On night one in Orlando at EVOLVE 20, Johnny will face a man he’s had plenty of tag team wrestling experience against: Matt Jackson of the Young Bucks. With the day following off, Johnny will then head to Jacksonville for EVOLVE 21 to take on the recently debuted Tomahawk T.T., before he’ll wrap up his weekend in Ybor City, Florida at EVOLVE 22 perhaps facing one of the most exciting challenges yet. In a singles match with the Open the Freedom Gate title on the line, Johnny Gargano will stand toe-to-toe with the King of Flight, Samuray Del Sol.
If you are in the Florida area, these are all shows that you don’t want to miss. If you’re stuck in faraway land, such as myself, you can order all three shows online at WWNLive.com. Trust me when I say that all three of these shows will blow your mind.
We will have ringside photography from the event this weekend, and we will be sure to keep you updated on each event.
A big sorry for the delay in the update, but of course – of all weekends – my laptop crashed during the big Wrestlecon event. Fortunately enough, the weekend started off on a high note for Johnny Gargano – who went into EVOLVE 19 to team with a former opponent, Brian Kendrick, to take on two members of the Gentleman’s Club: Orange Cassidy and Drew Gulak.
Brian Kendrick & Open The Freedom Gate Champion Johnny Gargano vs Drew Gulak & Orange Cassidy
Cassidy tries to wake himself up as he slowly circles an incredulous Gargano. They tie up and Cassidy falls asleep, so Gargano goes for a quick cover and Cassidy kicks out at 2. Cassidy staggers into Gargano for a weak shoulderblock, then gets a side headlock and falls into Gargano with another weak shoulderblock. He tells Gargano to hit the ropes and goes for a couple of wild swings, but Gargano knows they’re coming and manages to avoid them. Gulak tags in and asks for Kendrick, then plays mind games by ducking around Kendrick’s shots and then nailing him from behind when Cassidy distracts him. Cassidy, Gulak, and the Swamp Monster triple team Kendrick to no apparent repercussions from the referee, so Kendrick gets a microphone and tells Gulak and Cassidy to stop wasting his time and to hit him in his face.
The Gentlemen’s Club fires up and beat Kendrick down, but whip him into his own corner and he tags Gargano in. Gargano ducks down and sends Cassidy out to the floor, then nails Gulak with a kick to the head and a spear through the ropes before charging across the ring and wiping Cassidy out with a dive through the ropes. Gargano springboard back inside with a DDT on Gulak for 2, Gulak gets a chinbreaker and nails Gargano with a clothesline, then takes a swing at Kendrick before tagging Cassidy in. Cassidy slams Gargano and then stumbles off the ropes into a cover on Gargano for 2. Gulak comes in and slams Gargano onto the ropes for 2, then Cassidy comes in with what can only be described as a passing-out headbutt to Gargano for 2. Gargano gets away from the Gentleman’s Club and tags in Kendrick, who cleans house on both Cassidy and Gulak. Kendrick whips Gulak into Cassidy and then gives Gulak an FU, then picks Cassidy up in a Torture Rack, Gargano superkicks Cassidy in the head, and Kendrick hits a Burning Hammer for 2.
Gargano gets a charging clothesline in the corner, then takes Gulak out as Kendrick hits a frogsplash for 2. Kendrick puts Cassidy on the top rope, but Cassidy fights him off and then nearly kills himself diving onto Gargano on the floor. Cassidy goes back up top for a passing-out top rope splash for 2, Gulak suplexes Kendrick into the corner for 2, Gargano comes in to try and make the save but gets dumped right back out to the floor. Kendrick slips out of a double suplex attempt, Gargano comes in and takes both men out with a DDT/Flatliner combo, but charges Cassidy in the corner and eats Cassidy’s boots. Cassidy hits a top rope DDT and then Gulak German suplexes Gargano. Cassidy hits a Michinoku Driver on Kendrick for 2, gets the head vice, but Gargano superkicks Cassidy in the face and then lawn darts him onto the second turnbuckle.
Gargano charges Cassidy and gets the orange mist in the face, then Gulak comes in and chokeslams Gargano into a backbreaker. Kendrick comes in and goes after Gulak, Gulak gets a backslide for 2 and then a victory roll for 2, the Swamp Monster has Kendrick from the outside, but Gargano takes him out with a dropkick. Cassidy charges Gargano and gets dropkicked out to the apron, and Gargano takes both him and the Swamp Monster out with a somersault dive. Kendrick hits Gulak with Sliced Bread #2, and that’s all she wrote.
In a match highly hyped by the internet over the past several days, Sami Callihan took on the current Open the Freedom Gate Champion, Johnny Gargano in a phenomenal match up that closed the show. Interested in the results? Click the read more!
It’s 1:17 AM as I sit here and type this. We’re coming up on EVOLVE 18 this weekend in New Jersey, and I’ve done what seems to be 100’s of podcasts, and radio interviews this past week promoting the show, and what not. Everyone seems to be asking all the same questions, and I’d like to touch on a few of those subjects right now.
Per the demand of the fans, on December 8th – this Saturday – Johnny Gargano is defending his Open the Freedom Gate championship against Sami Callihan. In Voorhees, New Jersey, the two stars of the independent scene will collide at EVOLVE 18 for the company’s greatest prize. Go to the all new www.DGUSA.tv for more info or watch at www.WWNLive.com on live iPPV!
November 23rd: EVOLVE 18 will take place on December 8th at the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, NJ, just over the bridges from Philadelphia. It is a special 4pm EST. start due to being a double header with CZW Cage Of Death (both events are a separate ticket). This means you can come to this first class facility and see two unique brands in one day! If you live in New York City and don’t feel like driving check out www.WrestlingBusTrips.com. Tickets for EVOLVE are now on sale in the DGUSA.tv Store or by calling 267-519-9744. You can also pre-order the EVOLVE live iPPV atWWNLive.com at a discount of $8.99 for the live showing only or $11.99 for the live showing & unlimited on demand access until this Monday at midnight EST. Now let’s get to the lineup….
November 23rd: Due to popular demand the main event has been changed. Your voice has been heard. It will now be Johnny Gargano vs. Sami Callihan for the Open The Freedom Gate Title at EVOLVE 18. Surprisingly, Jon Davis took getting bumped out of the title match fine. “I understand how it is,” Davis said. “The fans, Gargano, it’s all politics. This is just more fuel to the fire. I want the two wins, anyway. I’ll get it, because my name is Jon Davis and I’m gonna beat the hell of you.”
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November 14th: We want to congratulate Open The Freedom Gate Champion Johnny Gargano. Yesterday was the 365th day he served as DGUSA Champion, giving him one full calendar year with the title. It’s been a heck of a year, but now Gargano faces toughest challenge….
November 14th: Johnny Gargano vs. Jon Davis for The Open The Freedom Gate Title will take place at EVOLVE 18 on December 8th in the Philly/South Jersey area. After the brutality of the last DGUSA tripleshot this one is sure to be epic. Tickets are now available in the DGUSA.tv Store or by calling 267-519-9744.