Johnny Gargano wrapped up with WWE on December 7th as his contract expired on December 10th. While WWE expects him to return in the near future, he is a free agent.
There’s been a lot of speculation that Gargano could be AEW bound. Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer Radio today that he believes that Gargano will make his AEW debut on the show in Cleveland.
“As more time goes on, I have this feeling that Gargano will debut in Cleveland,” Meltzer said on Wrestling Observer Radio. If that is the case, then it means he would debut on the January 22nd episode of AEW Dynamite because that is when they will be in Cleveland.
Meltzer added, “I don’t know 100 percent that he’s going. If you watched him [on Twitch], he talked about wanting to wrestle Kenny Omega and things like that. Just things he said both publicly and privately. I know he’s heavily considering going, put it that way. If you really think about what makes sense for him as well – the only real argument for Gargano staying is he’s got a kid coming and his wife works for WWE and if you work for NXT and he’s got a good offer [to stay in WWE] and he could make good money and he’s working one day a week and he’s driving to the building….It’s a 5 or 10-15 minute drive and if that’s what you want. But he didn’t get to be a great wrestler taking the easy route, especially for him.”
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