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 also became a huge fan-favorite due to his in-ring skills.

Gargano’s passion for wrestling and in-ring abilities have earned him comparisons to greats like Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels. In fact, Gargano shares a solid relationship with Michaels.

While speaking on Legion of RAW, Vince Russo stated that Hart and Michaels presented themselves like stars. Russo then blasted Gargano for being a jabroni and said that Gargano looked like “a guy washing dishes in the back” on RAW.

“What you’re talking about Chris [Dr. Chris Featherstone, the host] is it’s not that they [Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels] were larger than life, they presented themselves as stars. Not as the guy washing dishes in the back. If Bret and Shawn would have come out like a guy washing dishes in the back, the response would have been the same. This guy is coming in with jeans cut in the knees, and sneakers. You look like a jabroni, man. Did Bret Hart or Shawn Michaels ever come out looking like that? Never ever, bro. Even when they were in street clothes, they looked like stars.


I’ve never seen a Johnny Gargano match, I never will see. I wouldn’t waste a minute of my time watching this guy wrestle because of the presentation alone. I’m not interested in you. What are you giving me here? A guy in a T-shirt and jeans that changes diapers. What were the marks chanting? I didn’t even know what they were chanting.”

Gargano also strongly considered AEW. Gargano took out Austin Theory on this week’s RAW, so it is likely he will be feuding with his former The Way stablemate for the time being.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

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