Johnny Gargano fought in the most important wrestling federations in the American independent panorama, such as Dragon Gate USA, Absolute Intense Wrestling, EVOLVE, Chikara and others, before making his WWE debut in the summer of 2015, specifically at NXT, during the Dusty Rhodes tournament.
Tag Team Classic teamed with Tommaso Ciampa, together #DIY, with whom he also held the NXT Tag Team Championship once, while in singles he once won the NXT Championship and the NXT North American Championship. With the victory of the NXT Championship in 2019, Gargano became the first winner of the Triple Crown of NXT.
In a recent interview with TMZ Sports, he addressed his recent heel turn: “I honestly haven’t looked. I haven’t checked any of that out. The show happened Sunday. It happened. What happened, happened, and I think, like I said earlier, the people that know why, they’ll figure it out.
Like I said, you look deep down inside yourself, you’ll find your answer. I’m still the same Johnny Gargano. I think for the first time in a long time, my eyes are wide open. I’m seeing things from a new perspective.
I’m seeing things from a new light, and we’ll see what comes of that, but I’m still the same guy. I’m still the same Johnny. I wake up, look at Candice, I look in the mirror, and I have a smile on my face because I know I’m a good person”.