DIY was one of the most successful pairings in NXT history, but Johnny Gargano believes this wouldn’t have been possible without Robert Roode’s famous song.
The pairing of Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa flourished in NXT, holding the Tag Team Championships once and wrestling critically-acclaimed bouts with The Revival and The AOP. In their early history, however, they were more known for their social media antics.
Johnny Gargano has discussed what was known as the ‘Glorious Bomb’ during a recent Starrcast panel with Inside The Ropes’ own Kenny McIntosh:
“Everyone remembers The Cruiserweight Classic. There was like this parade where they aired on, I think it was Facebook Live at the time, to where they were introducing all of the competitors to the world. ‘This is this person.’ Here they come. ‘This is this person.’ Here they come. So we were all up super late rehearsing this the night before, and they kept playing the Glorious theme song, and it was the Glorious song for the rehearsals.
So we all thought that the Glorious song was the theme song for the Cruiserweight Classic. We were all like, ‘This is great’, because we had all heard it a million times that night. We were all singing, ‘Glorious! I won’t give in…’, and we were like this is a great song for the show. We found out that it wasn’t the song for the show but it was the song for Bobby Roode. But by the time that Bobby got the song, we were like, ‘We love this song’, so we came up for the idea of the ‘Glorious Bomb’.”
Johnny Gargano continued, explaining how he and Tommaso Ciampa explained the concept to Bobby Roode:
“So I think literally one day we were on a road loop, and me and Tomasso were in an elevator. We were like, ‘What if we did a Glorious Bomb?’ Because at the time, photobombs were a thing. We randomly played the Glorious song and we would approach Bobby Roode playing the song. He [Ciampa] was like, ‘Yeah, let’s try it.’ So we went to the gym, and we were like, ‘Hey, Bobby. We got this idea. We are going to play your song, you’re just going to be in the background doing something, then you just look at the camera and acknowledge it.’ He’s like, ‘Yeah, sure, whatever.’
And we do the first one and it blows up online. All the social media guys are like, ‘Oh my God, this is going viral.’ And I honestly think to this day that if the Glorious Bomb didn’t happen, I don’t think DIY would be as popular as they were. For some reason, the ‘Glorious Bomb’ got people to connect with us and make us more popular.”
— Johnny Gargano (@JohnnyGargano) August 6, 2016
One of the earliest examples of a ‘Glorious Bomb’ saw Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa posing behind Bobby Roode as he was lifting weights. At present, the tweet has racked up close to six thousand interactions between retweets, likes, and replies.
DIY shared one last ‘Glorious Bomb’ prior to Johnny Gargano departing WWE, with LA Knight taking Roode’s role in the clip. This was posted on the day of last year’s WarGames special, which marked Johnny’s final WWE encounter.
Bobby Roode, now known as Robert Roode on the main roster, recently brought the ‘Glorious’ theme back during a WWE live event, having previously used an alteration of the song alongside Dolph Ziggler.