Checklist: 2016 was a very good year for Johnny Gargano.
Cleveland born and raised, the passionate wrestler signed a deal with WWE in 2016. That same year his Cleveland Cavaliers won a historic NBA title.
A chubby kid growing up, Gargano, 30, is now one of the top superstars on the NXT roster, and for someone who is known as Johnny Wrestling, he landed in a great wrestling spot.
In a video interview with Johnny Wrestling at an NXT show in Miami, he discusses NXT returning to West Palm Beach on Saturday, Oct. 14. Get your popcorn and your tickets.
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He also talks being front row as a fan in 1998 for WWE Raw in Cleveland, his dedication, how he landed in NXT, the crowd reaction at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn and more.
Gargano, one of several wrestlers from Ohio on the WWE roster, paid his dues, getting in the ring at age 8, starting training at 13 and debuting for Cleveland All Pro Wrestling at 16. He worked the indies and competed in China, England, Germany, Japan, Singapore, growing as a talent and as a person. Respectful of everyone -- talent, fans, promoters -- he did it the right way. Pro wrestling, he loves it, and it shows.
The 5-foot-10 combatant talks St. Edward High School, Dolph Ziggler, Nemeth brothers, being a chubby kid, getting started in wrestling, JAG, JT Lightning and more.
Gargano talks Cleveland, The Miz, George Mizanin, Mr. Hero, Italian food, his dad’s restaurant/catering business, his parents, the Cleveland Indians, the Cleveland Cavaliers, Johnny Wrestling T-shirts and more.
Gargano, Ryan, Lil Punk at Ronin
Gargano worked Ronin Pro Wrestling in South Florida in June 2016, and he not only had an incredible match with Martin Stone (WWE Danny Burch), but he also had some fun in a post-show skit with indie star Joey Ryan and super fan Lil CM Punk.
- NXT in West Palm Beach
#NXTWestPalm is Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.
Bell time 7:30 p.m.
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