In the NXT episode of October 2nd, Johnny Gargano returned to action by defeating Shane Thorne. In the NXT episode of February 12, 2020 Gargano defeated Cameron Grimes. On February 16th, at NXT TakeOver: Portland, Gargano was defeated by Finn Bálor; subsequently, Gargano made a turn heel attacking Tommaso Ciampa during his match against Adam Cole for the NXT Championship.
Speaking with Corey Graves on After the Bell, he explained the main difference between NXT vs. Raw and Smackdown: “I’d say it’s very different. Maybe it’s because I’m so entrenched in the NXT system and I’ve known our — basically our writing staff, our creative team, all the camera guys, everyone who works backstage.
Plus it’s at Full Sail every week, and that’s 10 minutes from my apartment in Orlando, so that’s nice. So the travel schedule isn’t as hectic as Raw and Smackdown. But there is a sense of urgency, the same sense of urgency on Raw and Smackdown, it’s just different.
I feel like it’s way more stressful on RAW and Smackdown for some strange reason. But in NXT it feels like home, and it feels like I’m very, very comfortable. So I think that’s the biggest difference for me, then what I felt.
Over there, it just feels very, I don’t know. Like, there’s a million people. There’s literally a million people that I’ve never seen — I see new people all the time when I’m backstage at Raw and Smackdown.
NXT, it’s just like a family environment where I know everyone, so I think that’s the biggest change”.