Johnny Gargano had an interesting adventure in NXT, but he left NXT in 2021. Gargano was happy with the treatment he received and was happy within NXT. However, he needed a new challenge. “I kind of made a decision that I was gonna let my contract expire maybe a year before that, honestly.
So it had nothing to do with anything going on currently at the time. It felt like to me, I was fulfilled with everything I did in NXT. I’m very much a person that wants to enjoy the place he’s working. I love NXT. That’s why he was there for so long.
Like, make no mistake about it, you can ask anyone you want, it was my choice to be in NXT for that long just because I genuinely loved everyone I was working with. I love the writers. I love the locker room. I love the office.
I had great relationships with everybody. But there was also another side of it to where what more can I accomplish there?” “I’ve always had this chip on my shoulder, underdog mentality, where I’m always trying to search and find out what I can do next.
I’m always trying to do the things that people tell me I can’t do and that was my whole NXT run. I did everything there was to do in NXT. So I’m always someone who’s looking for that next mountain to climb”.
- he said talking for WWE After The Bell with Corey Graves, as quoted by pwmania.com
Johnny Gargano and his child
Johnny Gargano considered what options he had and what would be best for him. The birth of the child was a confirmation of his decision.
“For me, I think after I did everything on NXT, it was kind of one of those things where like, okay, do I go to RAW or SmackDown? I don’t know if I want to do that in the current climate of my life. I was like, I don’t know if I want to go there yet.
So I was okay letting my contract expire and kind of seeing what else is out there, for lack of a better term, but also, like, when the time came, I think everything happens for a reason, obviously. Candice got pregnant, and when Candice got pregnant, that kind of solidified my decision to where if I was 50/50 going into my contract being expired when Candice got pregnant, and we found out the timetable of everything, our baby was gonna be born in February, my contract was going to expire in December, I kind of decided like, Okay, I have a rare opportunity now to let my contract expire, and also be able to just sit at home and enjoy the first couple months of fatherhood that I wouldn’t have got a chance to any other way.
So, as I said, I think everything happens for a reason. There was no one thing that made my decision, but it was just an amount of different things, and also, you know, the baby, which is a big thing that made me decide”.