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Johnny Gargano

Johnny Gargano

Cleveland, Ohio
John Anthony Nicholas Gargano
Height & Weight:
199 Ib

Titles Won:

  • NXT Championship
  • NXT North American Championship (3 times)
  • NXT Tag Team Championship – with Tommaso Ciampa
  • First NXT Triple Crown Champion
  • Chikara Campeonatos de Parejas (2 times) – with Chuck Taylor
  • Open the Freedom Gate Championship (2 times)
  • Open the United Gate Championship – with Rich Swann

Gargano started his professional wrestling career in 2005, working for the Cleveland All–Pro Wrestling (CAPW) promotion. Over the following years, Gargano worked for some of the top promotions on the American independent circuit, including Chikara, Dragon Gate USA (DGUSA), Evolve, and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG). Titles Gargano held include the Chikara Campeonatos de Parejas, the Evolve Tag Team Championship, and DGUSA’s Open the Freedom Gate Championship, which he held twice with his first reign lasting a record 873 days. During his independent days, Gargano also made appearances for national promotions Ring of Honor (ROH) and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA).

After making sporadic appearances for WWE early in his career, Gargano took part in the company’s tryout camp in June 2015. Afterward, he began appearing regularly for NXT, eventually signing a contract in April 2016. He formed a tag team, #DIY, with Tommaso Ciampa, and held the NXT Tag Team Championship once. Following their split up and heated rivalry, Gargano competed in numerous matches for the NXT Championship and eventually captured the NXT North American Championship at the beginning of 2019. He finally won the NXT Championship at NXT TakeOver: New York in April of the same year, becoming the first NXT Triple Crown Champion in the process.

Gargano left WWE in 2021 because he wanted to spend time with his baby boy. During an episode of Raw in August 2022, he returned to WWE and set a goal of winning championships.

Notable Feuds

vs. Tommaso Ciampa

vs. Iron

vs. Rich Swann

vs. Chuck Taylor

vs. Kushida

vs. Dexter Lumis

Other Notable Achievements

AIW Absolute Championship

AIW Intense Division Championship (2 times)

Gauntlet for the Gold (2012)

Jack of All Trios (2010) – with Flip Kendrick and Louis Lyndon

CWE Undisputed Championship

CAPW Junior Heavyweight Championship

CITIC Cup (2014)

IWC Super Indy Championship

IWC Tag Team Championship – with Michael Facade

PWO / Prime Heavyweight Championship (3 times)

Smash Wrestling Championship

Race for the Ring Tournament (2014)