Johnny Gargano officially became a free agent in the industry known as the professional wrestling industry. His leaving NXT definitely marks the end of an era, and a very important one in the rise of NXT. He along with Adam Cole, Tommaso Ciampa and others made that brand what it is today.

He filmed his last appearance on this past Tuesday’s edition of the show and although WWE made him many offers to stay with the company, he declined and is now embarking on another journey, it would seem. Of course many would argue that it’s still the same journey after all, but his tweets tell us a lot about his next move.

He just launched a wrestling tees store, and it features shirts with the man himself adorning the many fabrics offered by the newly opened sight. As you may all well know, there’s no way he would have been able to do this while planning to go onto WWE’s main roster. He said on Twitter:

” ‘You will never fail if you bet on yourself’ I can’t thank you all enough for the love and support you have shown me these past few days. I hope you continue to follow me on this next part of my journey!”


As he said… ‘there’s more.’ He would also announce that he would be posting and relaunching his Twitch account, in a sense, which also speaks volumes. Just a few months ago, when Adam Cole was rumored to be dealing with AEW while deciding whether or not to leave WWE, he told fans that he would never be shuting down his Twitch account, which let all know that he wouldn’t at all be going to the main roster. WWE doesn’t allow those on the main roster to have a Twitch account.

“But wait.. there’s more! Change is scary (especially with a baby on the way) but I’m excited to be able to take this time to dip my toes in some new ventures as well.. I’ve been promising new content for a while! @Twitch@YouTube

Many have wondered why did NXT give him such a sendoff if he was leaving the company? That’s a great question, as no one else got that treatment – even Adam Cole. Perhaps a possible explanation is all he did for the company and all he meant to NXT and its loyal fans. Of course this is conjecture, but it is possible. Will we be seeing Johnny Gargano at AEW? Fingers crossed.

Domenic Marinelli

Domenic Marinelli is an author and freelance writer/journalist. Some of his work has appeared in The Sportster, E-Wrestling News, Pro Wrestling News Hub, The Recipe,, Guilty Eats, Par Ex News, CFL News Hub, Daily DDT, XFL News Hub, as well as other print and internet publications. He is the author of Generic V, Summer of the Great White Wolf, His Old Tapes (stories & poetry), and so many others. He lives in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He's an avid reader and loves hiking.

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