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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Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa def. Tyler Breeze & Bull Dempsey (Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic First Round Match)
Tyler Breeze, perhaps, underestimated independent scene standouts Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa. A hard slap to his gorgeous mug by Ciampa sent Prince Pretty scrambling to tag in Bull Dempsey. The free agents took advantage of the constant bickering between their opponents, gaining the upper hand in the bout, despite the struggles they had overcoming Dempsey’s distinct size advantage.
After he was stunned by a dropkick from Gargano, Breeze staggered along the ring apron and into a charging Dempsey’s path. Dempsey spent a second too long checking up on Prince Pretty, allowing Gargano & Ciampa to land a sunset flip/jackknife pinning combination to pull off a huge upset! After watching his chance at winning the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic slip away, Prince Pretty viciously attacked Dempsey, laying into the 300-pounder with a series of hard boots, capped off with a Supermodel Kick.
NXT General Manager William Regal shocked the wrestling world when he introduced Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa as the latest duo to enter the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. The two have made names for themselves with high-profile stints in buzzworthy independent promotions like Pro Wrestling Guerrilla and Evolve, but most people wouldn’t have expected them to show up in an NXT ring.
The two free agents have been presented with the opportunity of a lifetime, as they will face Tyler Breeze & Bull Dempsey in the tournament’s first round. The magnitude of this match isn’t lost on the pair of well-traveled grapplers. WWE.com caught up with Gargano and Ciampa to learn more about them, the unique roads that brought them to NXT and what they plan on doing with this golden opportunity.
WWE.COM: Can you tell us a little about your in-ring styles and inspirations?
JOHNNY GARGANO: I try to be very current. I try to take something from everywhere I’ve been. I’ve wrestled in Japan, Singapore, China, Germany and England. I try to bring a mix of different styles to the table. When I was younger, my favorite wrestlers were Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho. I relate to them. I don’t know what it was. Shawn Michaels really spoke to me. My mom made me a Shawn Michaels costume when I was a kid. I wore it every day and ran around the house dancing like him. There was something about those two that really spoke to me. They’re probably the guys I try to emulate most today.
Tyler Breeze stormed into William Regal’s office while the NXT General Manager was meeting with two of the hottest free agents in sports-entertainment, Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa. Prince Pretty demanded to be entered into the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. William Regal obliged, pairing Breeze with Bull Dempsey to face Gargano and Ciampa next Wednesday in a First-Round Match.