Johnny Gargano was considered the heart and soul of NXT by many fans due to his excellent feuds with the likes of Tommaso Ciampa, Adam Cole and more. He had several classic matches and was well-loved by fans.

After Gargano’s WWE departure, fans simply wondered what the future held for Johnny Wrestling. Many thought he was soon on his way to AEW. After Triple H became the Creative head of WWE, fans hoped he’d return to WWE instead.

Gargano finally made his return to WWE on this week’s episode of Monday Night RAW. According to Dave Meltzer in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Gargano strongly considered AEW.

“Obviously when Gargano didn’t sign a contract when his old deal expired in December, he strongly considered AEW. His mentality at the time was that with a son coming, money was important but it was also about having fun and for him that is the ability to do the great matches that got him over in NXT.


“AEW was the place for that at that time, plus the schedule was favorable since his body has a lot of wear and tear. He had openly talked about wanting to wrestle Omega and called Omega the best in the world.

“Since NXT had changed and Vince McMahon called him up once and then quickly lost interest in him and no matter how many great matches he would have, he would always be a small guy, AEW at that time seemed like the better option.

“For whatever reason, AEW didn’t go after him and had a long time to make him an offer. There were those in AEW interested but in the end Tony Khan had to make decisions of who he wanted. There was also interest in Candice LeRae from AEW but not sure if they’ve pursued it hard or what her current status would be.

“With Vince out, he was the perfect example of a guy that this opened the door to and the timing ended up perfect for him to come in with a good money contract.”

Gargano took out Austin Theory on this week’s show, so it is likely he will be feuding with his former The Way stablemate for the time being. It remains to be seen how the feud turns out, but Johnny Wrestling is only getting started in WWE.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet is a professional wrestling fan for over 22 years. He got captivated by the sport during the Monday Night Wars and has a passion for it ever since. He also enjoys TV shows, movies, anime, novels and music, which broadens his perspective and appreciation for wrestling. He is a knowledgeable and respected voice in the industry.

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