Johnny Gargano made his way back to WWE after a short time as a free agent. He didn’t sign with another company during that hiatus, as many thought he might, and he returned to WWE in order to be a part of Triple H’s roster. Now that Vince McMahon is back, Johnny Wrestling vanished.

Fans last saw Johnny Gargano take on Grayson Waller at NXT Stand & Deliver. Gargano beat Waller during that match, but he hasn’t been around since.

Sean Sapp noted behind Fightful’s paywall that Johnny Gargano is actually out of action. He is suffering from a shoulder injury, one that he re-aggravated. He worked through the pain at Stand & Deliver, but now he needs some time off.

Johnny Gargano hasn’t appeared on WWE programming since NXT Stand and Deliver, leading many to wonder where he’s been.


Fightful Select has learned that Gargano re-aggravated the shoulder injury that had him sidelined for much of January. After only having a couple of matches his first few weeks back, Gargano ended up wrestling a dozen matches after March 4.

We’re told that the shoulder injury got worse after his Royal Rumble return, and by the time of the NXT match with Grayson Waller he was severely hampered and using one arm. The hope from the company is that he can repair the injury with physical therapy as opposed to surgery.

It was also noted that “there was speculation that Vince McMahon returning to the fold led to Gargano’s absence, but that isn’t the case.” In fact, Vince McMahon was directly involved with “communicating to Gargano in late 2021 that he wanted Gargano to remain in the company.”

We’ll have to see what’s next for Johnny Gargano. Obviously, an injury is never planned, but he also has the determination to make it through anything that stands in his way.

What’s your take on this situation with Johnny Gargano?’ Do you think he will be a big star on the WWE main roster? Sound off in the comments!

Felix Upton

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