Johnny Gargano: Bio
Anything can happen in WWE — except Johnny Gargano giving up on his dreams. The Superstar known as Johnny Wrestling is beloved by the NXT Universe, and for good reason: He simply never quits. When he was told he was too small to make it in WWE, Gargano proved otherwise, going from free agent to full-time NXT Superstar after fateful runs in the Cruiserweight Classic and Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournaments.
Together with Tommaso Ciampa as #DIY, the tenacious Superstar lifted NXT’s tag team division to new heights. The partnership produced memorable rivalries against the likes of The Revival and The Authors of Pain, and it resulted in an NXT Tag Team Title for the onetime best friends.
Despite being heartlessly betrayed by Ciampa at TakeOver: Chicago, Gargano forged on, nearly winning the NXT Championship from Andrade “Cien” Almas. Gargano put his NXT career on the line for another NXT Title Match against Almas on the Feb. 21, 2018, episode of NXT, but he lost the match after Ciampa ruthlessly struck him in the back with his crutch. Ciampa’s cold-blooded attack effectively ended the popular Superstar’s NXT career other than fulfilling any previous commitments at media appearances and live events. But at NXT TakeOver: New Orleans, Johnny Wrestling came home, outlasting Ciampa in a brutal Unsanctioned Match to reinstate himself as an NXT Superstar and keep his dreams alive.