Johnny Gargano Speaks On Returning To EVOLVE, Facing Austin Theory


Johnny Gargano is slated to make his return to the EVOLVE promotion this weekend. He’ll team up with AR Fox vs. EVOLVE Champion Austin Theory & Josh Briggs that will headline EVOLVE 119 while he’ll take on Theory in a non-title match will serve as the headliner of EVOLVE 120.

Gargano spoke with to promote these events. Are the highlights:

WWE.COM: What does it mean to be coming back to EVOLVE?

JOHNNY GARGANO: Yeah, it’s crazy to think that I get the chance to do this. When I had my last EVOLVE match, I thought that I was closing this book forever. But with the landscape of the way everything’s going, I’m able to come back and that’s awesome. It’s great that I get a chance to go back to a place that is very important to me. I’ve said time and time again that I don’t think I’d be the wrestler I am today, probably wouldn’t be the person I am today, if it wasn’t for my experiences and my time at EVOLVE Wrestling.

I don’t think I’d be in WWE, and I wouldn’t be in NXT, if it wasn’t for my time in EVOLVE and Dragon Gate USA and things like that. So, to get a chance to come back and just perform in La Boom again, perform in the place where I had my last match, I think it’s pretty cool. It goes to show how awesome wrestling is in 2019.

WWE.COM: Now your opponent this weekend is Austin Theory, whose Twitter fingers have been pretty busy these past few days. What do you make of his remarks, and what exactly is your relationship with him at this point?

GARGANO: So, I don’t even know Austin Theory. I don’t think I ever met him. I’ve never been on a show with him and if I have, I don’t remember him. It’s funny to me. I’ve seen all the “Johnny Failure Facts” and it’s amazing because I’m pretty sure he was still in diapers when I was the Dragon Gate USA Open the Freedom Gate Champion for over two years. I know what he’s doing, I get it. He’s only 21 years old, he’s super young. He’s super talented. I mean, he’s EVOLVE Champion, that speaks for itself. I don’t know much about his attitude, but according to his Twitter he’s not very clever. His grammar is kind of lacking. Other than that, I’m looking forward to meeting him for the first time, because I’ve heard a lot of hype about him. I’ve heard how good he is, and I’m excited for him to show me that when we step in the ring together.

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