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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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.
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!
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.
Not as active in this past weekend in Japan, Johnny was known to be involved in two high-end matches. First heading to the City Bunka Hall in Tsushima, Aichi, Japan on the 19th of October, Johnny would return to singles action to defeat Mr. Kyukyu Toyonaka Dolphin in a ten minute match up.
Two days later on the 21st, Johnny would return to tag team action with Naruki Doi at the pay-per-view, The Gate of Destiny 2012. The duo would go on to face the team called Akatsuki (which consists Shingo Takagi & YAMATO), and unfortunately, Johnny would be handed his first loss in Japan after a 23 minute bout at the Bodymaker Coloseum in Osaka, Japan.
PRIME Championship – Johnny Gargano (c) vs. RHINO
Two weeks ago Rhino sent a message to Johnny in the form of a Gore, injuring the champion’s ribs. In spite of the setback, Gargano is, as always, determined to battle on as only he can, and is showing no fear in the face of the former 2-time World Champion. Rhino did the unthinkable at Wrestlelution 5, ending Bane’s undefeated streak at that particular event. Now, he aims to take out his second PRIME icon. Can Rhino add the PRIME Championship to his resume? Will Gargano’s title reign end before it can even truly begin? Will Krimson & The Dead Wrestling Society have any further response to their involvement in this situation?
October 6th: A multi-night event, Dragon Gate’s “The Gate of Victory 2012″ began yesterday night where Johnny was involved in an explosive six man tag team match where WORLD-1 International (Johnny Gargano, Masato Yoshino & Naruki Doi) took on Team Veteran Returns (Dragon Kid, Gamma & Masaaki Mochizuki). After a highly impressive sixteen minute bout, WORLD-1 International turned around to walk away with the victory.
October 7th: On night two, Johnny would truck on to the next arena in Hakata, Fukuoka, Japan to defend his Open the Freedom Gate Title. Taking on Ryo Jimmy Saito, the champion walked out with his head held high after a reportedly impressive eighteen minute match up.
October 8th: Johnny would continue on on the third night with an impressive bout between WORLD-1 International (Johnny Gargano, Masato Yoshino & Naruki Doi) and Mad Blankey (Akira Tozawa, BxB Hulk & Mondai Ryu), a contest that ran fifteen minutes at the Hiroshima Industrial Hall in Hiroshima, Japan. Three nights in, Johnny would continue his streak with yet another victory.
October 11th: Proving to be nothing short of unstoppable thus far in Japan, WORLD-1 International (Johnny Gargano & Masato Yoshino) would go on to face AR Fox & Jimmy Susumu at the Nagano Sports Park Gymnasium in Nagano, Japan to gain yet ANOTHER victory in front of an audience that was accustomed to his team’s failures during his last tenure in Japan.
October 12th: The following night, Johnny and Masato would remain united to take on AR Fox and his changed partner of Dragon Kid at the prestigious Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan to walk away with his head held high and victory number five.
October 13th: WORLD-1 International would then show a smidgen of pity towards Mad Blankey, granting them with another six person tag match to save their skin after the bout on the 8th in Hiroshima. This time taking place at the Tajimi Mino Wholesale Hall in Tajimi, Gifu, Japan, the result remained the same: WORLD-1 International walking out with yet another victory.
October 14th: Changing his partner from the 12th from Masato to Naruki Doi, Johnny would walk into the Fukuyama Big Rose in Fukuyama, Hiroshima, Japan to take on the team of AR Fox and the Dragon Kid. Without surprise, Johnny’s team once more walked away with the impressive victory.
Now in Japan undefeated (a major accomplishment from his last stint which was, admittedly, blamed on Rich Swann) and with an impressive record of 7-0, there’s no question as to why Johnny is still the undeniable face of Dragon Gate back in the United States. We’ll try and keep you updated as much as possible, but an owner with a broken hand and the distance over the waters can be a little hard! We’ll still fight to bring you nothing but the utmost best as Johnny tears up Japan!
Despite tearing through the tournament strong, F.I.S.T met their unfortunate road bump on night three of King of Trios 2012. Pitted against The Spectral Envoy – who would ultimately go on to win – F.I.S.T fell victim to the opposing team as Johnny was caught with a Cosmic Doom from Ultramantis Black.
Running on to the second night of King of Trios, the team of F.I.S.T started off by opening tonight’s show with their next match against the impressive Team JWP! Click the read more for the detailed results of the first match. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on the events over the rest of the night!
King of Trios Quarter-Final: F.I.S.T. – Chuck Taylor & Johnny Gargano & Icarus vs. Team JWP – Commando Bolshoi, Kaori Yoneyama, and Tsubasa KuragakiYoneyama and Taylor were going to start out but Taylor immediately tagged out to Icarus. Icarus controlled her early with several power spots and slams. She slipped out of the corner and nailed a big kick before tagging in Bolshoi. Gargano tagged in as well and they locked up. He forced her into the corner and let her go, grandstanding. The crowd chanted for Bolshoi.Gargano shoved her down and each time she leapt back to her feet. Bolshoi hit a series of armdrags that sent Gargano scampering to the floor. Kuragaki tagged in as did Taylor. This time it was Taylor getting sent flying due to her power.
They locked up and again she out muscled him. FIST began triple-teaming her but she came back to wipe them out with big running clotheslines. Team JWP began triple teaming F.I.S.T with Kuragaki superplexing her own partners down on FIST from the ropes and then coming off with a big splash. FIST ran to the floor to regroup as the crowd chanted “JWP.”
Back in the ring, Gargano took control on Yoneyama but she quickly fired back with chops before getting cut off with a stiff kick for a two count. Icarus tagged in and came off with an double axehandle to the back. He picked her up for a slam and tagged back in Taylor.
Taylor continued working over Yoneyama. Gargano joined the fray and drilled her with several kicks to the mid-section. He slammed her down for a two count and held her for Icarus to kick. Icarus suplexed her over and slammed her down, before laying a knee down on her for a two count.
Icarus took off his shirt and kissed Yoneyama. This incensed her she leapt up and over during a charge and nailed a German suplex. The crowd clapped for her to make the hot tag and she did to Bolshoi. F.I.S.T. charged the ring and JWP met them.
Bolshoi cleared the ring and nailed an awesome Asai moonsault to the outside. Icarus and Gargano tried to double team Kuragaki but she ran through a double clothesline attempt and drilled them, then suplexed both for a two count. Yoneyama nailed a running sliced bread #2 off the ropes for a near fall. Bolshoi locked an Octopus on Taylor for a near submission.
Everyone went into a great series of near falls. Kuragaki locked Gargano in a Torture Race for a near submission. Sugar Dunkerton, who was in FIST’s corner got involved and was shoved into Yoneyama, knocking her down. Taylor locked her in a Boston Crab and she submitted.
Your winners, FIST!
Really good opening match as everyone worked their rear ends off. The crowd gave JWP a standing ovation after the match.
Coming out strong in what was described by PWPondering’s as “the best match ever,” F.I.S.T managed to snake away with the victory over Team Osaka Pro (Kikutaro, Ebessan & Takoyakida). Sugar Dunkerton stood proud in F.I.S.T’s corner and ultimately led the trio to victory. After a 21 minute match, Icarus jabbed Takoyakida in the face with Dunkerton’s fro pick to get the pin, allowing the experienced team to continue on in the tournament at tomorrow’s show.
After a twelve minute battle with Jon Davis at Evolve 17, Johnny managed to squeak by with the victory. Performing a Hurts Donut to Davis on the outside, the match would then end via countout. Johnny looked displeased with the result, not wanting it to end in the manner that it had. Stating that he didn’t want Jon Davis to retire in the match’s circumstance, he would go on to compliment him: Calling him one of the best wrestlers today. Davis seemed careless of the compliments and would go on to assault Johnny, turning him inside out with a discus lariat. Not pleased with what he had already done, Davis would then Awesome Bomb Johnny from the ring to the outside through a table before storming to the back.
The event begins with Jon Davis interrupting Lenny Leonard as he was doing the shows introduction, Davis says that he wants a title in Evolve. Davis says that everybody wants a title in Evolve, Davis rallies the fans for some more support for an Evolve title. Davis invites members of the locker room to come out and show support as well, several of the wrestlers come out from the locker room. AR Fox grabs the microphone and he says that everybody agrees with Davis, Ricochet comes out to the ring and he confronts Fox. Ricochet says that Fox is an “Ricochet wannabe” and he should be holding the DG USA Tag Team Titles instead of Fox. Fox pretends to swing at Ricochet and Ricochet quickly gets out of the ring, Davis calls out more people and Johnny Gargano comes out. Gargano grabs the microphone and says he is already the DG USA Open The Freedom Gate Champion, Gargano says their match will now be for the title and Davis accepts. Gargano says let’s get the match going right now, which leads us to…
Match #1 – DG USA Open The Freedom Gate Title Match: Johnny Gargano (Champion) vs. Jon Davis
The match begins with Gargano avoiding several big blows from Davis, Davis then counters a spear attempt only to get a hurricarana that puts him out of the ring. Gargano then takes Davis out with a suicide dive, Gargano then nails Davis with a second suicide dive before bringing him back into the ring. Davis recovers to nail a running Gargano with a spine buster, Davis then takes the opportunity to stomp on the midsection of Gargano. Davis then places Gargano on the top turnbuckle before hitting him with a chop, Davis then drags Gargano around the ring while chopping him. Davis shows a great display of power by slamming Gargano multiple times, Gargano nearly catches Davis with a small package before eating an elbow smash. Davis then follows a hurt Gargano around the ring while delivering head butts, Davis then goes for an extended suplex and lands it after Gargano attempts to escape. Davis then tries to wear Gargano down further by applying a seated bear hug, Gargano makes some space and then he hits Davis with an elbow. Davis recovers quickly to smash away at Gargano, Gargano follows stops Davis after sending him over the top rope. Davis nearly blocks a springboard DDT before Gargano catches him with a second attempt, Gargano then starts punching a kneeling Davis. Gargano changes his attack by crushing Davis with multiple forearm strikes, Gargano then nails Davis with three straight drop kicks in the corner. Gargano then battles with Davis before nailing him with a rolling inzaguri and a super kick, Davis tries to power through the kicks before Gargano locks him in the Gargano-escape. Davis powers through to break the hold and then he sends Gargano out of the ring, Davis follows Gargano out of the ring as Gargano sets a table up near the ring. Davis continuously attacks Gargano with chops before power pressing him onto the ring apron, Davis then misses a yakuza kick before Gargano nails him with a hurts donut on the arena floor. Gargano then beats the referee’s count as Davis himself gets counted out.
Winner, Still DG USA Open The Freedom Gate Champion: Johnny Gargano
After the match, Johnny Gargano calls for the microphone and says that he is not OK winning the match by count out. Gargano then praises Jon Davis as one of the best talents around today and he should not retire, Davis then clobbers Davis with a lariat before power bombing him through the table on the arena floor.