While the return of Johnny Gargano may have gone down well with the majority of WWE’s fanbase, one man was less than impressed.
On the August 22nd episode of Monday Night Raw Johnny Gargano made a shock appearance nearly nine months after saying goodbye to NXT.
At the time Gargano revealed that he was taking a break from wrestling in order to spend more time with his wife Candice LeRae and soon-to-arrive first child. However, with “Baby Wrestling” now six months old, Gargano is back in the ring and back with WWE.
After addressing the Toronto crowd Gargano was confronted by Theory who he used to mentor in NXT. Johnny Wrestling was unmoved by Theory’s arrogance and hit the young star with a Superkick for good measure.
The return went down with the vast majority of WWE fans who were happy to see the star back, but former manager turned podcaster Jim Cornette didn’t share their enthusiasm.
Speaking on his podcast, The Jim Cornette Experience, the controversial personality said that the arrival of Gargano was anything but a game-changer.
[Talking about NXT names] It’s a Scrabble game and they just throw the f*cking tiles at random and see what pops up. But the reason why this came up and why everybody’s been talking about names again is because the darling has returned and he’s using the same name and the same face, Johnny Gargano came back to wrestling.
Oh joy, bliss, the business has been saved and he’s using the name he was using there before, imagine that I mean, I know it’s not out of the bounds of possibility they would change it after five years or whatever, but for whatever reason, they seem to like this guy.
And for the kind of people who like that kind of thing. I guess he’s the kind of thing those people like. But obviously this is the furthest thing from a game changer in any wrestling war that Johnny Gargano, Johnny same face no Mrs. same face with him this time, but Johnny same face has returned to entertain us with his generic build his diminutive body, his pale complexion, his undemonstrative face and his general overall silly demeanour.”
Cornette continued by suggesting that many had gone overboard with praise for Gargano’s signing, making it appear to be a much bigger deal than it actually was.
“I know there’s a segment of the audience that appreciates his technical brilliance in the ring, even though he’s bland, expressionless, personality-less and couldn’t sell p*ssy on a troop train much less a ticket to a wrestling match.
But can’t we all agree that they’re going a little too far on Twitter, when this was headlines it was ‘Oh my God Johnny Gargano’s back!’ It was like Cena has come back full time. Or my god, here’s Steve Austin in his prime. Are they going a little a little overboard on this? I know he’s a Triple H guy. And that’s probably why he sat at home and did his daddy thing with his new baby and just waited and figured Well f*ck, Vince is older than I am. He’ll die eventually.”
The former WWE backstage figure went on to compare Gargano with the man who appears to be his new rival, Theory.
Well, there’s another thing God dammit. Theory, they started pushing as a phenom. He was Vince’s handpicked protégé, Vince is going to be his mentor that’s how they were given him the rub on television. They put a belt on him then they took the belt off of him.
Now he’s been floating around with others, and now if he’s going to be working with a guy that technically yes, the guy can perform all the moves but he has indie-style matches which is the last thing that Theory needs to get in the habit of and he’s [Gargano] what a foot shorter than Theory is? Compare the physiques and tell me that it doesn’t look like a bodybuilder taking his f*cking you know diabetic nephew out for ice cream. And this is going to be a competitive programme thing?
Theory needs to be in the mix with top guys in order not only to learn the style of working that the top guys there have, but also to be brought up in the people’s eyes and in the fan’s eyes as he’s an upper echelon guy to mix with the top talent. Instead of here, this guy just came back from his glorious run in NXT a year ago after he his wife had a baby.”
Reflecting on his return, Johnny Gargano said that the moment left him at a loss for words, as he had been worried that fans wouldn’t remember who he is.
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