Johnny Gargano To Face Top Star At EVOLVE 120


WWE has announced that Johnny Gargano will be working EVOLVE 119 on Friday, January 18th in Brooklyn, N.Y. and EVOLVE 120 on Saturday, January 19th in Woodside, N.Y.

Gargano is set to take on EVOLVE Champion Austin Theory in a non-title match at EVOLVE 120. His opponent at EVOLVE 119 has not been revealed. WWE issued the following:

Johnny Gargano will face new EVOLVE Champion Austin Theory in a non-title match at EVOLVE 120 on Saturday, Jan. 19, in Woodside, N.Y., has learned.

The controversial NXT Superstar, who broke the news of his upcoming EVOLVE return over the weekend, will also be in action on Friday, Jan. 18, at EVOLVE 119 in Brooklyn, N.Y., though no opponent has yet been named.

Prior to joining NXT in 2016, Gargano was a mainstay in EVOLVE and its sister promotions under the World Wrestling Network umbrella. (You can read all about his emotional farewell to the independents here.) In announcing his one-weekend-only return on Twitter, Johnny Wrestling credited his tenure in EVOLVE as being instrumental in his development as a Superstar.

Gargano’s opponent for Jan. 19, Austin Theory, won the EVOLVE Title from NXT Superstar Fabian Aichner just last Saturday night, triumphing in a Triple Threat Match that also featured Roderick Strong.

Aichner is also scheduled to compete at EVOLVE 119 and 120, as are fellow NXT Superstars and reigning EVOLVE Tag Team Champions The Street Profits. Additionally, WWN Champion JD Drake, Anthony Henry, Darby Allin, AR Fox with Ayla & The Skulk, Eddie Kingston, Josh Briggs, Joe Gacy, BSHP KNG, Curt Stallion and Priscilla Kelly are already confirmed for Brooklyn and Woodside.

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