Johnny Gargano: Bio
Anything can happen in WWE — except Johnny Gargano giving up on his dreams. The Superstar once known as Johnny Wrestling 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 popular duo. Gargano’s life was turned upside-down in May 2017, however, when Ciampa cruelly betrayed him. Their paths have been inextricably linked ever since, with Gargano becoming obsessed with preventing The Blackheart from ascending the throne in NXT, a self-destructive goal that seemingly sent Gargano on a downward spiral.
Despite having long fought the good fight, a cause that was helped by his wife, fellow NXT Superstar Candice LeRae, the once true-blue Gargano turned to the dark side when he revealed himself to be the mystery suspect in a dastardly parking-lot ambush of Aleister Black in August 2018. The transformation stunned the NXT Universe, but furthered Gargano’s hunger.
These days, Gargano has two things on the brain: “Wins and championships.” This prophecy would be fulfilled at NXT TakeOver: Phoenix, where he defeated Ricochet to win the NXT North American Championship for the first time in his career. One day later, Gargano surprised the WWE Universe by entering the 2019 Royal Rumble Match where he eliminated Jinder Mahal.