Johnny Gargano is on the free agent market after deciding to not re-sign with WWE earlier this month. He has publicly stated that he had been planning to take time off a year ago and with his wife being pregnant with their first child, he wants to spend time with his family.
Although WWE management is reportedly hopeful that Gargano will return, there’s also speculation that Gargano could be going to AEW. This is something that Adam Cole talked about during his appearance on Throwing Down with Renee Paquette and Miesha Tate on SiriusXM.
“So, I will always mention Johnny Gargano as one of my favorite opponents of all-time. Me and him had a series of matches in NXT that to this day, I’m incredibly proud of. Again, another fantastic human being across the board as well. So, Johnny is a guy that I would really, really love to see in AEW for sure. Again, who knows? As the wrestling landscape continues to change and evolve — me and Johnny chat but more so just about real-life stuff. You know, I haven’t pressed him too hard on what he wants to do. I know he has a baby on the way which is really exciting. So right now, I know he’s super focused on that, which is cool. But yeah, I love Johnny to death and I think it’d be amazing if he ended up in AEW. I think that’d be really cool.”
Gargano and Cole had a series of matches against each other in NXT with their latest being a best two out of three falls match for the NXT Title at TakeOver: Toronto in 2019. Cole also left WWE for AEW and has since been joined by Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly in the rival promotion.
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