Former WWE NXT Superstar Johnny Gargano was recently interviewed by Comicbook.com and explained how he needed to have some time away from pro wrestling following his departure from WWE.
“We live in a current age where everything’s on social media,” Gargano said. “And the minute you do something, or you have a match, or you do a promo, especially if you’re on live television, that’s just the nature of the beast to where, especially during the COVID era, Twitter and social media was really the only instant response we all had.”
Gargano continued, “Especially not performing in front of a crowd, we all had to go and be like, ‘What worked, what didn’t work? What are people liking? What are people not liking? And social media, unfortunately, is very negative. I know people will say that you’re in the public eye, you’ve got to have thick skin, you’ve got to take it all in. I totally agree with that and everyone’s entitled to their opinions, but also there’s only so much you could take in before it starts weighing down on you, and starts beating you down, and starts making you question yourself or question things you’re doing.”
Gargano also stated that having a baby on the way between him and Candice LeRae also played a big factor in his decision. He said,
“I just wanted to completely break free of all that and refresh myself, and especially with a baby coming soon, I wanted to be in the best headspace I possibly could. Not only for Candice but also for the baby.”