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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: 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.
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After walking out victorious in a Four Way Freestyle over three other men – including current Open the Freedom Gate Champion, Johnny Gargano – Tony Nese made his goals known. With his eyes set on the current champion, Nese extended a challenge for tomorrow’s Evolve 16 event in Jacksonville, Florida. Earlier tonight at Evolve 15, Nese walked away with his second Evolve victory over Mike Cruz. Afterwards, Lenny Leonard caught up with the steadily rising star who made it clear that he was going to take what was his. Infuriated that Gargano had yet to respond to his challenge, Nese went on to state that he didn’t care about Garagano’s big match, or his injured back. He demanded to hear an answer to his challenge.

The show would continue on with the challenge hanging in the air. With the main event ending after a sudden Garga-No-Escape in the champion’s favor, Johnny Gargano was confronted by Lenny Leonard. Acknowledging Nese’s challenge, Gargano gave Nese credit for winning the match at Evolve 14 before reminding the crowd that he also was the cause of his returning back pain. With a hint of rage, Garagano then accepted the challenge, but made one thing clear: the Open the Freedom Gate Title would not be on the line due to the rightful contender being Akira Tozawa.

Finally answering the challenge, Gargano then set himself on the card for tomorrow’s Evolve event. You can watch it tomorrow live on iPPV at www.WWNLive.com to see how these two men will collide.

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With a large bulk of the wrestling internet community buzzing about the condition of the reigning Open the Freedom Gate champion, Johnny Gargano stormed the stage tonight at Evolve 15 in  St. Petersburg, Florida. The title on the line, Gargano faced off against former partner and current nemesis, Chuck Taylor, in a bout to add to their new illustrious history. Click the read more for more detailed events from Evolve 15.

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Match Number Seven: Open The Freedom Gate Title Match Johnny Gargano vs. Chuck Taylor (with the Swamp Monster and Jake Manning)

Gargano with a running drop kick into the corner followed by a lawn dart and clothesline that sends Taylor over the top rope to the floor. Gargano with a pescado. Gargano with punches to Taylor and then he sends Taylor’s head into the ring steps. Gargano with a forearm to the back of the head. Gargano rearranges the ring steps and then he connects with an elbow. Gargano stops the count and then he thinks about a law dart into the steps. Taylor with a knee and he sends Gargano back into the ring.

Gargano with a running forearm and then he bits Taylor in the head. Gargano works on the shoulder and then he kicks Taylor in the head. Gargano with a back elbow followed by a drop kick to the back of the head and he gets a near fall. Gargano sends Taylor to the floor and he goes to the floor.

Taylor with a kick and then he sends Gargano into the bleachers. Taylor yells at a child at ringside. Taylor with forearms to the back as he works on Gargano’s injured back. Taylor sets up some chairs on the floor. Gargano back body drops Taylor onto the chairs.

Gargano trips Taylor on the apron. Gargano chops Taylor. Gargano Irish whips Taylor into the ring post. Taylor moves out of the way and Gargano super kicks the time keeper. Taylor drops Gargano onto the ring steps. Taylor rolls Gargano back into the ring and Taylor gets a near fall with a lazy cover.

Taylor with a double underhook suplex and he gets a near fall. Taylor pulls a string out of his wrist tape and he chokes Gargano. Taylor with a back breaker and he gets another near fall. Taylor with a slam and then he picks up Gargano and slams him again and goes for a posing cover but Johnny kicks out.

Taylor with a chin lock and another slam. Taylor sends Gargano to the apron. Taylor comes off the ropes and Gargano goes for the spear but Taylor knows what is coming and he avoids it. Taylor misses a moonsault. Taylor catches Gargano on a spear and hits a neck breaker. Taylor gets a near fall.

Taylor with a kick to the back. Gargano with a rollup and he kicks Taylor in the head. Taylor rolls to the floor and Gargano goes to the apron. Gargano hits the spear and both men are down. Gargano struggles to get to his feet but he punches Taylor. Gargano with a few clotheslines. Gargano goes ot the apron and then he slingshots in and connects with a knee.

Taylor with a super kick but Gargano with a sit out power bomb for a near fall. Johnny applies the Gargano Escape but Johnny had to release the hold because of his back. The referee asks Johnny if he wants to continue and he will not let the refeee stop the match.

Taylor with a chop. Taylor with a kick to get Johnny out of the ropes. Gargano is sent to the apron and Johnny tries for a slingshot DDT from the apron but Taylor catches him and hits an exploder into the turnbuckles and gets a near fall.

Taylor chops Johnny in the corner. Gargano with an Irish whip but he runs into a knee and then Taylor with a spinebuster and moonsault for a near fall. Gargano misses an enzuigiri and Taylor with a rollup for a near fall. Gargano with a kick but Taylor with a super kick. Gargano with a discus clothesline and both men are down.

Taylor with forearms as he tells Johnny to stay down. Gargano fights back with forearms of his own as they exchange shots. Gargano in control with forearms. Gargano with a rollup into the Gargano Escape but Taylor with a single leg crab and he has Gargano in the middle of the ring.

The referee checks on Gargano and the arm drops twice but Gargano gets a second wind and gets to the ropes. Taylor tries to figure out what he needs to do to finish him off. Taylor chokes Gargano in the ropes. Taylor with forearms in the corner followed by an Irish whip. Taylor runs into boots from Gargano. Gargano charges into the corner for a drop kick and Taylor pulls the referee in the way. Taylor with a low kick and he covers Gargano but there is no referee. Taylor tells Manning to give him the belt. Taylor holds the belt to use on Gargano but Gargano avoids it and Gargano hits Hurts Donut onto the belt. Manning pulls the second referee to the floor to break up the cover.

Gargano with a suicide dive onto Manning and the referee. Taylor kicks the ropes and then Taylor hits the Awful Waffle but Gargano kicks out at two. Taylor calls for the Swamp Monster and it holds Gargano. Taylor picks up the belt and hits the Swamp Monster. Gargano with a super kick and Hurts Donut for a two count.

Gargano applies the Gargano Escape and Taylor taps out.

Winner: Johnny Gargano

Lenny Leonard goes to the ring to interview Johnny Gargano. Johnny tells everyone to wave goodbye to Chuck Taylor. Johnny asks for a chair because his back hurts. Johnny asks everyone how they liked the show. He says that he heard Tony Nese issue a challenge for tomorrow night. He says that he has to give Tony credit for winning the match last night. Yesterday, Tony was the cause of the back pain coming back. He will accept the challenge for tomorrow night.

He says that he will not put the Open the Freedom Gate Title on the line. In Detroit, there is a Number One Contender by the name of Akira Tozawa. He doesn’t know if Tozawa is watching but he earned that match.

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EVOLVE 14 last night delivered an unreal main event, two hard-fought Style Battle matches, a shocking ending and great matches from the opening bell to the main event. The ramifications will be felt tonight when EVOLVE 15: Gargano vs. Taylor takes place in St. Petersburg, FL. Watch it on live iPPV at WWNLive.com.

We have a must see rematch just signed for tonight, a potential twist to the Open The Freedom Gate Title Match, an updated lineup for tonight, EVOLVE 16 on Saturday night news, two backstage Book It Cams from last night and more. Let’s get to it….

June 29th: The main event tonight features Johnny Gargano vs. Chuck Taylor for the Open The Freedom Gate Title. These two have been the best of friends, but now they are the worst of enemies. We hope you will take a few minutes of watch this incredible look at their relationship: Click Here.

June 29th: Last night Johnny Gargano suffered a back injury at the hands of Tony Nese in the Four Way Freestyle. Nese hit Gargano from behind. As you may know, Gargano missed time earlier this year with a back injury. We received word this morning that Gargano spent the night icing his back. He assures everyone that he will wrestle tonight and defend the Open The Freedom Gate Title against Chuck Taylor. Could Gargano be digging himself in a hole that will cost him the championship? The Book It Cam captured this footage last night with Gargano, Taylor, Kevin Sullivan, Bill Alfonso and Fidel Sierra moments after the Four Way Freestyle: Click Here.

June 29th: Tony Nese has challenged Johnny Gargano to a match tomorrow night at EVOLVE 16 in Jacksonville, FL. We will have more on this on the live iPPV tonight. Click here to pre-order the live iPPV of EVOLVE 16 tomorrow night featuring the Style Battle finals. Go here for all the live event info in Jacksonville. There will be tickets available at the door.


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After a hard-fought battle at Evolve 14, DGUSA.tv’s Book It Cam caught up with the current champion. Numerous reports stating Gargano’s back was a glaring target of his opponents at tonight’s events proved correct with the video from above; the worrisome back of Gargano knocking him down momentarily in the car park of tonight’s arena.

With arguably one of the biggest matches of Gargano’s career in less than twenty-four hours, one can only wonder in what shape the reigning champion will be in. With Gargano’s metaphorical blood wading in the water, one can only assume that the challenger at tomorrow’s show in St. Petersburg, Florida will be hunting for more.

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With the Open the Freedom Gate title defense twenty-four hours away, current champion, Johnny Gargano, was involved in a four-way freestyle against Tony Nese, Alex Reynolds, and Lince Dorado. Click the read more for detailed results from tonight’s Evolve 14 event that took place on live iPPV in Ybor City, Florida!

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Nese takes care of Dorado and Reynolds at first but Gargano and Reynolds battle and after criss crossing, Gargano with a drop kick. Gargano with a back slide to Dorado and he rolls up Reynolds for a near fall. Dorado with a springboard corkscrew splash for a near fall onGargano. Dorado with a drop kick to Gargano.

Dorado gets tripped by Nese and then Nese with a double jump moonsault onto Dorado for a near fall. Reynolds and Nese try for kicks. Nese lands on his feet after a German suplex attempt and then both men with drop kicks. Dorado with a drop kick to Reynolds but Garganocatches Dorado off the ropes.

Nese punches Gargano in the ribs and sends Johnny to the apron but Johnny with a spear on Nese and a suicide dive onto Reynolds. Gargano with a splash onto Dorado followed by one off the apron onto Nese. Garagano with a DDT to Reynolds for a near fall.

Gargano with a chop to Reynolds and then he puts him on the turnbuckles. Reynolds pushesGargano off. Then he does the same to Dorado. Gargano sends Dorado into Reynolds on the turnbuckles for a drop kick. Dorado tries for a superplex and then Gargano joins in. Nese finishes off the tower of doom move.

Nese gets a near fall on Reynolds. Nese with a forearm to Reynolds but Reynolds with a chop. Nese and Reynolds continue to exchange chops. Nese with a matrix into a back heel kick and a super kick. Dorado with an X Factor to Nese. Dorado with kicks to Gargano butGargano with a super kick.

Reynolds with a kick to Gargano and Gargano avoids a suplex. Reynolds with a kick and a cutter from a back breaker position. Reynolds with a moonsault for a near fall when Nese German suplexes Reynolds. Dorado breaks up the cover with a double stomp.

Dorado goes to the turnbuckles for a corkscrew splash onto Gargano and Reynolds. Dorado goes up top again and hits a rana on Reynolds. Dorado with kicks to Gargano’s head and he tries for a rana but Gargano counters with a sit out power bomb for a near fall.

Nese with a running drop kick to Gargano’s back. Nese with a back breaker and then he kicks Gargano. Reynolds with a rollup on Nese for a near fall. Reynolds back body drops Nese over the top rope to the floor. Gargano with a kick to Reynolds and then he lawn darts him into the turnbuckles. Gargano hits Hurts Donut on Reynolds. Dorado with a shooting star press onto Gargano while Nese hits a splash on Reynolds for the three count.

Winner: Tony Nese

After the match, Lenny asks Tony about his first win in Evolve. He says that he showed why he is the premier athlete. He asks Johnny how his back is. At Evolve 16, there is an open contract for Jacksonville, so he tells Gargano that he will see him on Saturday.


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With the June 29th title defense looming, DGUSA’s YouTube channel recently collected all the prior events that lead to the disbanding of the two men who will take center stage in St. Petersburg, Florida. As it currently stands,  both competitors are at the top of the Evolve leader boards: Chuck Taylor with 7:3, and Johnny Gargano trailing behind with 6:3.

With another point at stake, on top of the prestigious Dragon Gate USA Open The Freedom Gate Title, one can only assume what lengths each will go to to walk out victorious. To see the two men’s saga continue, watch it live on iPPV at www.WWNLive.com with three pricing options starting at just $9.99.

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It has officially been announced! The main event for Evolve 15 will be Johnny Gargano vs. Chuck Taylor in a bout for the Open The Freedom Gate Title. With negative history building between the two stars, many have laid in wait – wondering when the bout would imminently take place.

The two tag team partners became foes after a failed attempt of gaining the vacant Open the United Gate Championship belts at Dragon Gate USA’s Open The Ultimate Gate 2012 iPPV. Turning his back to the established Ronin after the loss, Chuck Taylor would then assault his former ally one day later at Mercury Rising 2012 after Johnny successfully defended the Open the Freedom Gate Championship against Masato Yoshino.

Now, the former comrades will once again take center stage at an Evolve event putting it all on the line.


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