It finally happened. Johnny Gargano is back.
Two weeks ago, I published the first installation in Johnny Gargano’s career retrospective in anticipation of a return for the NXT stalwart. And now, mid-second-chapter (which will still be released), my wish came true: Johnny Wrestling is back.
The in-ring veteran made his return to WWE during this week’s RAW in Toronto, establishing himself as a top face on the red brand and garnering an astronomical pop from the familiar crowd. In a nearly ten-minute long promo, Gargano described his emotions about returning to wrestling in great detail, mentioning his newborn son as well as his wife, fellow wrestler Candice LeRae, as primary motivations for returning.
Gargano then chose to focus on detailing his future—he wants the intercontinental title, the US title, and eventually the world title. The Cleveland product would then be interrupted by a snarky Theory, who recounted their days together in the stable “The Way” back in NXT.
“You used to be the veteran and I was the rookie! And now—I’m the veteran and you’re the rookie!”
One superkick later, Johnny Gargano left his former protege crumpled in the ring. Will this be a legitimate feud between the pair? Or just a one-time interaction? The story has yet to be told, but I’m eyeing the former as a phenomenal way to introduce Gargano to the main roster.
Johnny Gargano is the closest talent WWE has both in-ring and on the mic to a star like Bryan Danielson (fka Daniel Bryan in WWE). His charisma is off-the-charts—the pop on Monday shows that in itself—and Triple H historically has a ton of faith in him. Gargano vs. his former rival and tag partner Ciampa at WrestleMania for the intercontinental belt would be a phenomenal way to signal that the future is now—and the future is Johnny Wrestling.
Expect Johnny Gargano to become a fixture of your screens each Monday night—and be ready to be amazed.