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Johnny Gargano and Kyle O’Reilly staying with WWE?

It may have looked like Johnny Gargano and Kyle O’Reilly are done with WWE NXT but apparently, there is hope that they will return. Dave Meltzer specifically said that the angles done this past Tuesday were done to set up something for their return.

On this week’s NXT 2.0 broadcast, Kyle O’Reilly lost a cage match to Von Wagner and then was brutally attacked after the match. Johnny Gargano gave a speech at the end of the show that implied that he was done with NXT. He also mentioned that his baby would be born in February. He was attacked at the end of the show by Grayson Waller.

“I was told, ok, both of their contracts are up or will be up in a couple of days and neither has signed,” Meltzer said on Wrestling Observer Radio. “The feeling from what I was told from people in NXT is that they believe that they are going to be back. That these are angles to get them away. Both are having children early next year. Gargano talked about it. O’Reilly is the same situation and the feeling is that the angles were to injure them and take them out for a while and then they would come back. The thing is on that is Bryan Danielson was the same way, if you remember. If that’s the case, do you let your contract just expire? If that was the case, then why don’t you just sign a new contract? So I don’t know exactly what the deal is. I know that in one of the cases, one of those people was very much considering AEW but had not made that choice. WWE, they didn’t do that [angle] for Johnny Gargano to have him show up next week in AEW. Put it that way.”

What is most interesting is that after the show, Gargano and O’Reilly said goodbye to the fans, and wrestlers and staff were out around ringside as Gargano and Ciampa shared one final moment in the ring. Gargano was very emotional after the show so it looked like he was really done.

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