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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PRIME Championship: “Whole Shebang” JOHNNY GARGANO vs. “M-Dogg 20” MATT CROSS
It’s a rematch of a Wrestlelution main event and one of the greatest rivalries in company history, and a match that is pivotal for both men for reasons that go beyond the PRIME Championship. Matt Cross looks to show the world, and especially the Megalomaniacs, the foundation in which PRIME Wrestling was build upon. The sacrifice, athleticism, and second to none work ethic of men like Gargano & Cross. For Johnny Gargano, it is a search for momentum at all costs. A week before a title defense against a man he’s never beaten, Krimson, with the potential future fate of PRIME Wrestling as a whole at stake in a match with Relaxed Rules and likely No Disqualifications, the reigning champion has a huge weight on his shoulders, though that’s not a new feeling. Gargano is actively looking forward to facing Cross, stating that the only way to prepare for a threat like Krimson is to test himself against his toughest opponent to date. It will be a test indeed, and likely a surefire classic, on free television a week before the iPPV! What will unfold in our last broadcast before we return to Pay-Per-View?
In just three and a half hours, AIW’s stacked “Conspiracy Theory” show will go underway. Built from top to bottom, the show begins at 7:30 PM and doors open an hour earlier in Turners Hall in Cleveland, Ohio. General Admission tickets are $15 dollars, and if you’re in the area, you will be promised a show that is absolutely stacked from top to bottom.
An AIW superfan’s hype video (above) shows two of the most anticipated matches set for later tonight. Looking to take back the Absolute Title – this time from #NIXON’s own, Eric Ryan, Johnny prepares himself for a war. Ryan considering Point Break (where Johnny managed to gain the edge over the champion) a “fluke,” both men have something to prove and all to gain. A win over Gargano will help cement Ryan as the champion he claims to be, while Gargano earning the gold back speaks well enough for itself.
Will Johnny walk away with the championship to lead the company to a brighter time, or will it stay under the dark control of #NIXON? We’ll be sure to give you all the updates about Conspiracy Theory as they happen!
PRIME Championship: JOHNNY GARGANO vs. GORY
Throughout the end of 2012, Johnny Gargano (and Rhino) were focal targets of the Dead Wrestling Society, with both being the victims of numerous attacks. After Gargano’s return from competing in Japan, he demanded management lift the suspension placed on Krimson, and even offered to meet “The Embodiment of Evil” one-on-one for the title as a means to persuade management & Krimson himself to agree to the terms. With that match set for Feb 16, the gauntlet Gargano must run just to GET to Krimson has proven to be daunting. Krimson’s most sadistic and dangerous follower, Gory, assaulted Gargano two weeks ago, choking Johnny out in the locker room area with Pestilence. After a ten-month reign as PRIME TV Champion, Gory could ascend to the top – and bring another title under the captivity of the Society. Can Gargano solve the riddle of Gory to further prepare for Krimson or will the PRIME Championship hostage crises begin before we even get to our Feb. 16 iPPV “Pressure Rising”?
Uploading a new promo onto YouTube earlier today, Johnny’s primary focus on the video non-shockingly rested on his match at REVOLT! with Jon Davis. Check out the video above to hear all his thoughts on this weekend!
A feud that is months in the making is set to come at an end this weekend at Dragon Gate USA’s California tripleshot weekend. On day two in the Los Angeles area, Johnny will take on his recent foe, Jon Davis, in a No Rope Match. In “the biggest grudge match possible, imported from Dragon Gate Japan,” the two men will involve themselves in a match where anything goes, and the ropes are removed. Will this mark the official end of the saga of Davis/Gargano, or are things truly just getting started?
Angry and thirsty for revenge after Krimson & the Dead Wrestling Society attacked him before his stint in Japan for Dragon Gate (earning a suspension for Krimson), Johnny Gargano returned to PRIME Wrestling. Meeting with management, Johnny begged them to let the animalistic star to come home since Johnny was back on American soil. Offering to put up his PRIME Wrestling Championship on February 16th on live iPPV to allow Krimson to come back – to show him what he does to “guys like him,” Johnny would then go on to acknowledge the pack-like mentality of the group, but let them know he continued on without fear.
Suddenly, Johnny switched gears to speak on his title match for next week’s episode against Jason Gory – the same man who had assaulted him in the previous week. Making note of Gory’s steadily rising star, Johnny was quick to immediately wipe any threat away, clarifying that he was All Heart. And next week? He’s welcoming them to his nightmare.
In what was described was one of the most entertaining matches of the night, Johnny Gargano took on the steadily rising star, Michael Elgin at Hell on Earth 8. A show that has earned high hype from all who attended the show, Hell on Earth is a MUST buy for pure AIW wrestling fans. It is now available on DVD (http://www.shop.aiwrestling.com), .mp4 download!
On this week’s edition of Podcast-A-Go-Go, F.I.S.T makes an appearance from Night One of the King of the Trios tournament as they squared off against Team Osaka Pro. The near four minute preview of the exciting match that is full of shenanigans unfortunately does not have Johnny directly involved: Only seeing him jumping around on the apron like a mad man. However, you can purchase King of Trios Night One right NOW from Smart Mark Video to see it complete and him in roaring action!
In a show that was highly revered for showing wrestling as it’s truest form of art, AIW’S Point Break DVD is now on sale! Witness Johnny take on Eric Ryan and make an appearance later on in the night. Interested? Head on over to http://shop.aiwrestling.com/dvds12.html!