Johnny Gargano: “WWE NXT is Like the Cleveland Browns of Wrestling!”

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During a recent interview with WKYC.com, WWE NXT Superstar Johnny Gargano commented on working in WWE NXT, the competitive nature of the NXT roster and more. You can check out some highlights from the interview below:

On NXT being the underdog brand: “I think NXT is kind of like the Cleveland, Ohio of professional wrestling. We’re that underdog whose hungry, who’s always out to prove people wrong, and that’s kind of what our locker room represents. We’ve got a bunch of guys who have been travelling around the world for over 10 years, scratching and clawing, fighting, just trying to live their dream, just trying to prove people wrong, just trying to show that we belong, and that’s kind of the essence of NXT. We’re young, we’re hungry and we’re ready to show the world that we’re the best at what we do. We’re kind of like the Cleveland Browns right now.”

On the competitive nature of the NXT locker room: “We’re all out to set our best foot forward and to make NXT the best we possibly can, but at the end of the day, we all want to have the best match. It’s an incredibly talented locker room filled with guys that are able to go out and steal the show at any given notice. You kind of look at our Takeovers, and there’s five main events. Like every, single match is a main event, which is pretty crazy when you think about it. It’s unspoken, but all of us go out there and we try to give the people their money’s worth and nothing will stop us from doing that. I said before ‘Halftime Heat’ that NXT will put on a show like you’ve never seen before, and that’s what we always set out to do.”

On becoming ‘Mr. Takeover’: “I was on Raw (Monday) night on a red carpet with Shawn Michaels for Ric Flair’s 70th birthday party, and we were talking about how he is ‘Mr. WrestleMania.’ ‘He’s Mr. WrestleMania, and I’m Mr. TakeOver,’ and I take great pride in being ‘Mr. TakeOver.’ It’s something that’s not pressure. It’s not something that’s too big. It’s something that I see and every, single TakeOver, I’m like, ‘I’m going to give the people something they never forget, and yeah, NXT, man, it holds a special place in my heart.”


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