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.
After making sporadic appearances for WWE early in his career, Gargano took part in the company's tryout camp in June 2015. Afterwards, he began appearing regularly for NXT, eventually signing a contract in April 2016.
He formed a tag team, #DIY, with Tommaso Ciampa, and held the NXT Tag Team Championship once. Following their split up and heated rivalry, Gargano captured the NXT North American Championship in January 2019 and won the NXT Championship in April the same year.
With the win, Gargano became the first ever NXT Triple Crown Champion. Speaking with Sports Illustrated, the NXT superstar discussed his match with Tommaso Ciampa on NXT: “You can’t compare this one to any of our prior matches.
It’s going to live on its own. As a performer, my goal is always to reward the loyal viewers. We have very loyal fans in NXT, and me and Tommaso have so much backstory, and there will be a lot of looking back in this match.
If you’ve been along for the ride, you’re going to recognize parts of this match that spark memories … I’m excited to see everyone’s thoughts after it airs. Seeing the reaction to the ‘Boneyard’ match, seeing the reaction to the ‘Firefly Fun House’ match, it’s all unique taste and all unique opinion.
In this current climate, you’ve got to be unique to stand out, and I think this is going to be something special”.