Johnny Gargano was recently interviewed by Lilian Garcia for her podcast, Chasing Glory, where he spoke about a wide range of topics.
This includes the former NXT Champion talking about working as an extra for WWE early in his career when the company held events in Cleveland. His first appearance came when he was young and portrayed Cedrick Von Haussen where he wrestled MVP.
This is where he told the story of his first meeting with WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon.
“We walk into Vince McMahon’s office and it’s like a movie, Vince is like in a villain chair with his back turned and all of a sudden the chair turns around, he has a newspaper up and slowly lowers it and there he is and he looks at me and says, you look, good kid. Thank you for doing this and I said, thank you, sir and I left. The show starts, and for some reason, this part is the most I remember from that moment, Steve Austin had a movie coming out, I think it was The Condemned, so there was a trailer playing before my match and I was standing in Gorilla watching The Condemned trailer with Stephanie and Vince McMahon.
“I’m thinking how freaking weird it is, and so I go out and do my thing, I get a bloody nose because he [MVP] kicked me really hard, but I came to the back and Vince and Stephanie say that I did a great job.”
You can listen to the entire interview by clicking on the player below:Listen to “Johnny Gargano – How to Stay Inspired After Countless Denials” on Spreaker.
H/T to Wrestling INC for the transcription