Johnny Gargano has been touted as the face of NXT by many fans due to his excellent feuds with the likes of Tommaso Ciampa and Adam Cole. He has been instrumental in the development of the black and gold brand for a long time. He also commented on his feud with Tommaso Ciampa.

Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano started their NXT careers together, as they were known as Team DIY. They saw great success as a tag team, but found even more success as rivals.

While speaking during the “What’s NeXT” stage show at Starrcast V, Johnny Gargano talked about his storyline with Ciampa. Gargano stated that he feels they made the most of their angle.

“The story of me and Tommaso was really honestly just things working out for us. As everyone knows, Tommaso tore his ACL in that match, which required him to go get surgery. If he doesn’t tear his ACL, we have that match much sooner. We have that match probably a month or two later at another TakeOver, like probably two months later at a TakeOver. So the fact that Tommaso tore his ACL really gave us an opportunity to really let that story breathe. I think in the current climate of wrestling, fans and us as a culture, we want it now. Like I’m watching a YouTube video, I don’t even want to watch a 10-second ad. I [hit] skip ad, skip ad because I don’t wanna wait for thing. But the injury really made all of us wait for Tommaso to come back to have the match that everyone was waiting for.


Ah no, at that time, I was kinda just living in it, and I didn’t really realize what it would become. Obviously we all hoped it would become a huge deal. We didn’t realize it would become even more. I think we all got incredibly lucky. My story of NXT is a lot of injuries happening, and us making the best of how things work out. I think that’s how anything works, you know, happenstance, how the universe works. Things work out best for people who make the best out of the way things turn out, and we did that a lot in NXT.

Gargano has yet to return to pro wrestling since leaving NXT earlier this year. On the other hand, Tommaso Ciampa will be challenging Bobby Lashley for the United States Title next week on Monday Night RAW. We’ll have to see if he can win the title or not in Cleveland of all places, Johnny Wrestling’s hometown.

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