Johnny Gargano appeared on “Out of Character” Ryan Satin to talk about his return to WWE on the Raw brand.
Gargano on why he returned to WWE:
“I was known even to this day, I’m a Triple H guy. I’m a Shawn Michaels guy. When I left I said I will always, always be loyal to Hunter and Shawn for the opportunities they Seeing me, the friendship we have and the working relationship we have. It was just great times. That’s a big reason, honestly, and everyone should know this about me by now, that’s why I was on NXT for so long, because I really loved working with those two and working with everyone in that environment. I loved working with everyone in the NXT locker room, everyone in the office and the writing staff.”
“I said this in my last promo. My last promo I did on NXT was all real. It came from the heart. I wrote it myself. It wasn’t like people had things to say to me. It was literally like, hey , go out and have a chance to say goodbye and say the things you want to say that’s why it was my choice to be in NXT for so long because I really loved the environment I worked in and it felt like a family. Coming back now, coming back to Monday Night RAW, just like the environment, feels very much like a family again, and that’s pretty cool to be a part of.”
On whether he had conversations with other promotions before returning to WWE:
“Yeah, there were conversations for sure. I mean, we’d be stupid not to have those conversations, especially given everything that was going on and the uncertainty about everything, like, who knows what might happen. That’s the crazy thing about wrestling is is literally anything can change in the blink of an eye.”
“So the fact that I could be incredibly patient, in no rush to do anything, and that’s the big part, the big, I think, gain I had from all of this is that I could sit back and take a look at the landscape. little oversight. and make my decision in time. I didn’t have to say, ‘Okay, I need a job now. Where am I going?’”
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“I believe that everything happens for a reason. The fact that I was able to let my contract expire in December, have the baby in February and spend as much time with him as possible, and that I was just in no rush to do things, nor was I in a rush to reach out or say that Do I have to come back now or do I have to do this then? As I said, from December to December, I was fine with doing nothing, completely filled with doing nothing. Fortunately, I have people around me who can carry on the conversation so that I don’t have to think about business. I don’t have to think about wrestling. They can all talk about that sort of thing and all I can do is worry about my father’s life. But like I said, I watch everything. I am a fan of wrestling.”
“To me it just felt like I wanted to go to the place that would not only use me best, but also a place where I already have a relationship with Hunter and a relationship with a lot of people backstage. Like that was the most important thing to me. I’m all for relationships. It’s all about familiarity, and once the change happened I think there was really only one option in my head.”
On his dream of becoming a WWE champion and wrestling with Roman Reigns:
“Oh boy. I will say, and this is no surprise and no one should be shocked to hear this, Roman Reigns is at the top of his game right now. Everyone knows that. He is absolutely untouchable when it comes to achievements and everything around him right now I would be honored to have a match with Roman Reigns one day He’s in that position for a reason and he’s been very, very good I had you for years and years and can tell years ago that Roman Reigns is one of the best he’s kicking another gear now I think the dynamic between lovable underdog babyface Johnny Gargano and head of the table could one day be fun to watch. “
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