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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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Remember that nice, shiny gold ring Gargano won about a year ago? We do. And this weekend, he headed back to California to return to the second Race For The Ring, but this year… He tried to gain something a little bit heavier. In a three-way main event match up against the champion, B-Boy, and Papadon, Johnny ultimately walked out with nothing in hand… but that’s alright, Johnny. Just spit-shine last year’s ring, and all your troubles will fade away!

The next night, Johnny returned for tag-team action… alongside one of the men he faced the day before, Papadon. Taking on the champion, B-Boy, and his partner, the outstanding Willie Mack, Johnny and Papadon turned the tables and managed to obtain a victory over the champion.

Perhaps this calls for another title match in the future? Only time can tell.

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It’s been a match that’s happened in numerous other promotions, but finally ended with an explosion at Wrestling Cares in Gardena tonight! Both Adam Cole and Johnny have been crawling up the walls of the company since they were thrown into the tournament back in June. Johnny was forced to come over the likes of Chase Stevens, Drake Younger, Adam Pearce, and Papadon!

The finals consisted of him and one of the best in independent wrestling today, and like always, neither man let the audience down. Johnny came out with the victory, and quite the nice and shiny ring — something that we’re sure will go well with his Open the Freedom Gate championship, right?! Congratulations to Gargano. You know we both think you deserve all the good and shiny things in the world here at johnny-gargano.com!

Thanks to PWInsider, we have some detailed results beneath the read more! Enjoy, and send your congratulations to the good ol’ Son of the Land of the Cleve!

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Match Six: Adam Cole vs. Johnny Gargano: Finals of the Race for the Ring Tournament 20 minute time limit.Good fundamental chain wrestling over the first 4 minutes which was highlighted by a great series of counters as each guy tried to hit a few of their signature kicks and strikes. The first big strike is hit by Gargano as he hits a great kick to Cole with both men on the mat, he follows with double knees to the corner, but as he tries to take Cole across the ring he gets caught with the Florida Keys out of nowhere for the fall. Cole leads 1-0 with 14:20 left. Cole grabs a chinlock and immediately finds the HD screen closest to him so he can track the time. Now that he has the lead he’s going to lean on Gargano and make him fight his way up trying to burn clock. Gargano does fight back with sudden strikes, hits a running snake eyes drilling Cole into the middle buckle and following up with a kick to the head on the grounded Cole to tie the match with 12 minutes remaining. In an absolutely great sequence Gargano is on the turnbuckles looking for a big move, Cole sweeps him off the turnbuckles into a backbreaker and then drills him with a brainbuster over his knee to take a 2-1 lead with 10:30 left. Cole now with a headscissors to wear down Gargano and burn clock while forcing his opponent to carry his weight. Gargano fights his way up, hits two strikes, and shoots Cole to the other side, Cole grabs the ropes and takes a powder. Gargano chases him because he’s behind, Cole dives back into the ring and tries to get the jump on Gargano. Another good sequence ends with Cole going for the figure four, Gargano countering into the small package and each man reversing small packages until Gargano ties it up at 2-2 with 8 minutes to go. Another series of great counters as each man has the other’s moves scouted very well ends with Cole finally getting the figure four leglock and a tapout victory for a 3-2 lead with 6:44 to go. Cole with the lead now powders out again forcing Gargano to chase him and burn more clock. Gargano chases him back in, Cole tries to charge him but is drilled with Gargano’s slingshot spear through the ropes for a near fall. Another great sequence of scouted counters has Gargano cover up to block a superkick, Cole drilling a kick to the leg, both guys reversing moves until Gargano hits the full nelson spinout slam for the fall that ties it up at 3-3 with 3:31 left. Cole misses and axe handle off the top and tweaks his knee on the way down. Gargano smells blood and starts to relentlessly attack the leg. Cole keeps him at bay with a kick to the face with his good leg and gets Gargano back in the figure four. Gargano turns it over and Cole is forced to tap to the reversal because of his injured leg. LOVE IT. 4-3 Gargano with 1:25 left. Les Thatcher checks with Cole to see if he can continue. Cole says yes, Gargano charges for the killing blow but Cole counters. Cole goes for a suplex but Gargano drills his knee to the head counter. Cole goes for it again and as Gargano tries to counter with his knee Cole cinches his leg and hits a Fisherman Buster to tie it at 4-4 with 30 seconds left. Time expires and we have OT. Cole hits an Enzuigiri and a Shining Wizard for a near fall to start OT. Another great counter sequence before Gargano drills his full nelson spinout slam for a near fall. Crowd thought that was the finish. “This is awesome!” chants. Cole hits a superkick to the face and a superkick to the back of the head. He hits the Florida Keys but can’t hold the pinning combo due to his injured leg. Cole shakily goes to the top, Gargano counters, locks in the Rings of Saturn, Cole escapes, Gargano locks it in again as time runs out. Les Thatcher announces that this is the finals and we’re going until we have a winner. Double OT! Both guys on their knees throwing bombs ala Tully and Magnum in the I Quit match. Both guys to their feet exhausted trying to slug it out. Gargano goes for his spear through the ropes and gets killed with a Superkick. Cole slams him down for a near fall and the crowd loses it. This is fantastic. Cole sets Gargano for a Samoan Drop off the top Gargano fights his way out with a sunset powerbomb hits the double knees in the corner. Hits the running Snake Eyes into the far corner, hits a second running Snake Eyes into the near cornerand it is another near fall. Rings of Saturn back in and Cole gets the ropes. This is a big time championship main event match. Both guys are on the apron slugging it out again. Cole hits a superkick and DDTs Gargano on the apron. Both men are down and out outside the ring. Cole in at 6. Gargano barely beats the count. Cole hits him with the Canadian Destroyer as Gargano struggles back to his feet. Near fall! Cole is besieged with apoplexy! “Wrestling Cares” chant from the fans. Cole hits Gargano with several headbutts. Cole screams “Johnny!” and drills Gargano with a superkick, Gargano immediately fires back with his own superkick. Both guys stagger and steady themselves and hit stereo superkicks on each other. Cole crumbles to the mat and Gargano crumbles on top of him for the fall. Incredible match. Get this DVD when it comes out. Watch this match. These guys laid it all on the line.

Winner: Johnny Gargano

Les Thatcher is in the ring and puts over both guys saying “If the business is in the hands of young men like you it will be just fine.” Cole thanks Gargano for being the best he’s ever been in the ring with. Gargano picks up the champagne for the celebration and says “I’m Straight Edge so I can’t drink this, but if I was going to drink this I would raise a glass to Adam Cole.” Gargano puts Cole over as a great opponent, colleague, and friend. He then presents the victory champagne to Adam Cole. Cole pops the champagne and starts to spray it in the ring, Gargano runs so he doesn’t accidentally drink any. Les presents Gargano with the ring. I can see it gleaming from here. First class ceremony. This was a fantastic 9 month tournament. I really enjoyed every show and I wish we’d see more true alternatives like this in the wrestling business. On every level this was an artistic success. All the crew should be proud of themselves. I’d love for another one of these to start up tomorrow. Gargano puts over the fans, points out a kid with a “Yes!” sign in the first row and we get our first “YES! YES! YES!” chant of the tournament. I can’t recommend this enough. GET THE DAMN DVD.

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It seems like just yesterday that WCA’s Race for the Ring started. But here we are now, heading to the finals of the tournament on January 18th, 2014!

.. Or are we? Before we think about the finals, we have to see if Johnny made it past the semi finals! It was him versus the ‘Greek God’ Papadon on December 7th and you can click through to see the results!

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Great exchange leads to the first fall and Papadon scores it with a brainbuster. Papadon leads 1-0. Papadon nearly goes up 2-0 with a great flying uppercut off the middle rope. Gargano is bleeding from the nose after the uppercut and Papadon is getting cocky. Gargano fires up and hits his spear from the apron through the ropes for a near fall.

Gargano sets Papadon up across the middle turnbuckle and hits him with both knees in the midsection followed by a kick for a near fall.

Another great exchange has Papadon hit a TKO onto his own knee, Gargano has enough to deliver a kick, Papadon falls back into the ropes and hits a lariat. Both guys are spent.

Gargano leaps on Papadon going for the submission, Papadon reverses for a near fall, and Gargano scores with a flying rollup to tie it at 1-1.

Papadon absolutely destroys Gargano with a strike and both men struggle to recover from the beatings that have been delivered over the first 13 minutes of the match.

Gargano goes to the apron and hits a slingshot DDT for a near fall. Crowd is chanting this is awesome.

Papadon goes for a neckbreaker but has to release because his arm is injured.Gargano fires off with a superkick. He goes to the top and leaps right into a European uppercut for another great near fall. They have an exchange of pinfall reversals and after some more action scores with the Backlund Bridge for a 2-1 lead. Papadon frantically tries to score a pin as the seconds run down but fails. Fantastic!

Winner: Johnny Gargano 2-1

After the match Papadon shakes Gargano’s hand and tells him “you earned it.”

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With great thanks to the wonderful people at PWInsider, we have detailed results for A Screaming Good Time! Who won the battle and advanced to the semi finals in the Race for the Ring tournament between Johnny Gargano and Adam Pearce? Click the read more to read the results!

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Adam Pearce vs. Johnny Gargano final match of the evening. Who will be the last man to advance to the semi-finals? The crowd is all over Adam Pearce and he’s heeling away. Adam takes about 5 minutes to lose the robe and pulls the old “If my robe touches the floor I’ll kick your ass.” Bit on the ringside attendant. Pearce continues his tradition of falling behind early. Gargano ducks the follow me lariat, knocks Pearce down and blasts him with a kick to the head for the three count. Pearce is down 1-0 with 6 minutes remaining. Pearce took control for the next few minutes but was unable to tie the score. Gargano fired back up and hit his spear from the apron through the ropes into a great pinning combination for a near fall.

Pearce cuts off Gargano on the top rope and they battle for control. Gargano nails Pearce sending him flying to the outside and as he takes the bump his foot hits Gargano square in the temple knocking him out. Pearce recovers, rolls back in the ring and ties the score via pinfall. With five seconds left Pearce scores with the lariat but time runs out. We are heading into OVERTIME. Three minutes, sudden death. Next point wins. Pearce argues with the ref that Gargano is knocked out and there should be no OT. The bell rings and Pearce is all over Gargano tossing him outside and pounding him against the rail. Pearce sets him up for the lariat against the ring post but Gargano moves and Pearce’s arm takes the full force of the blow.

Gargano scores with a springboard DDT for a near fall, then rolls Pearce into a submission, Pearce counters into a rollup for a near fall, blasts Gargano with a forearm and locks in the figure 4. After a struggle Gargano gets the ropes. 45 seconds left! Crowd is very hot for this. Gargano nails a superkick with the good leg, but struggles for balance on the bad leg and gets nailed with the lariat for a near fall. After that both guys go through a series of reversals before Gargano rolls through and wraps up Pearce’s legs for the 3 count with 11 seconds left in OT. Great match to finish the night! If Cole has been MVP then Gargano is a close second. Johnny and Pearce win my match of the night honors tonight.

Winner: Johnny Gargano!

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After successfully going over Drake Younger at the previous Wrestling Cares event, Johnny is now in the semi-finals! Taking on Adam Pearce in what’s sure to be a “slobber knocker,” Johnny has a chance to hit the finals very soon. Of course, the event takes place in California – Gardena, to be exact! Live from the VFW Post 3261 at 1822 W. 162nd Street, Johnny will return on Saturday, October 12th, 2013!

If you’re in the area, be sure to attend, and cheer the Whole Shebang on to victory!

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Thanks to the brilliant folks over at PWInsider, we managed to get a bit of detail of what went on in Los Angeles tonight! In a match that many have been questing after; a rematch for the ages, Johnny Gargano took on the Golden Boy, Drake Younger, in the opening contest of the show. Click the read more for a bit of detailed results!

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Drake Younger vs. Johnny Gargano

They went back and forth on the mat with some nice reversals and near falls early.  They faced off and got a really nice pop.

They went back and forth but couldn’t get the other down.  Younger went to the top for a double stomp but saw DJ Hyde and was briefly distracted as Hyde was selling merchandise.  Gargano nailed him but was sent down to the mat.  Younger missed the double stomp and was drilled into the buckles like a lawn dart.

Younger was almost counted out.  Gargano kept distracting the referee as a way to run down the clock.   Younger returned.  They kept going back and forth and the clock ran out.

0-0, so they went to a three minute overtime.

They went to the overtime.  Younger was distracted by DJ Hyde, who had walked over to the guard rail and yelled something. Gargano capitalized and scored the pin.

Your winner, Johnny Gargano!


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After successfully putting away Chase Stevens in round one, Johnny is set to return to Wrestling Cares on Saturday, August 17th in Los Angeles, California. Walking out on a high note at the previous event, Johnny is now set against the proverbial brick wall; the near unbreakable Drake Younger. These two men have competed in the past, but both have made remarkable strides since, and this is certainly the set show stopper of the upcoming event; two men who exude heart colliding in the center of the ring, both giving their all to win a tournament that has held some of the independent scene’s best.

This is certainly an event you can’t  miss, with remarkable talents such as Drew Gulak, Adam Cole, Willie Mack, B-Boy, BJ Whitmer, and so many more. The show will begin at 7PM at the Sheraton Gateway LAX at 6101 West Century Boulevard in LA. Tickets start at $15 with free parking at a full bar for the 21+ folks in attendance.

Wanna see some of the best wrestling in the world? Be sure to attend this show put on by Wrestling Cares!

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Set up against quite the popular man, Chase Stevens, Johnny returned to California tonight to be involved in Wrestling Cares’ “Race for the Ring”. A time limit was set, and after an impressive showing in the main event, Johnny walked away with the victory over Chase with four falls over Chase’s three. Now set to go into the next round, Johnny has plenty of potential competition in front of him for the next show, and we’ll be sure to update you whenever the next event is set, and his competition is chosen.

Send your congratulations to Johnny over at @JohnnyGargano on Twitter!

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As we previously covered, Johnny will be heading back to California this upcoming month, and for this specific event: the LA area. Involved in Wrestling Care’s “Race for the Ring,” Johnny has now been put up against the talented Chase Stevens in a match that has been described as a guaranteed showstopper.

The event will take place on June 29th at 7PM at the VFW Post 3261 on 1822 W 162nd St., Gardena, California. 25% of ticket sells support to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Tickets start at just $10, VIP Front Row $20, on-sale NOW! Click here to purchase WCA tickets at Eventbrite or buy them at the door.


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