Johnny Gargano responded to the “Johnny Wrestling” chants heard throughout AEW Dynamite.
The latest edition of AEW Dynamite emanated from Cleveland, OH, and fans were hoping to see a hometown hero make his return to wrestling and debut for the company. Throughout the night, fans could be heard chanting “Johnny Wrestling” in reference to former NXT Champion and Cleveland native Johnny Gargano.
While Johnny Gargano didn’t make an appearance, he did hear the chants and took to social media to respond, saying that
I heard you and you have no idea how much it means to me that you’re excited to see me back at it.
It’s scary to step away because your insecurities say “they’ll forget about you”.. but you haven’t forgotten and I promise that I will make it up to you asap. #JohnnyWrestling
I heard you and you have no idea how much it means to me that you're excited to see me back at it.
It's scary to step away because your insecurities say "they'll forget about you".. but you haven't forgotten and I promise that I will make it up to you asap. #JohnnyWrestling ❤
— Johnny Gargano (@JohnnyGargano) January 27, 2022
Last seen on the December 7th episode of NXT 2.0, Johnny Gargano made a heartwarming goodbye speech to the NXT crowd before being attacked by Grayson Waller. During his speech, he said that he would be stepping away from wrestling to focus on becoming a father with his wife Candice LeRae, who is due to give birth in February.
And I don’t know what my immediate future holds, that’s up in the air still. I may do some things here or there, but I do know one thing for sure. And that’s in February I’m gonna start the most important job of my life. Cause I’m gonna be a dad… [crowd chants Baby Wrestling]
He’s gonna watch this back one day and thank you all. But I’m so excited for that, because I’m gonna love that little guy so much. But right now the most important thing for me is to worry about Candice, to worry about my son, and show my son… teach him to be the best man that he can be.
Gargano made the decision to take time away from wresting well over a year ago before his wife was even pregnant, but commented that the timing couldn’t have been more perfect and recently posted a video of himself in July of 2021 saying that he was “99.99999% sure he wouldn’t re-sign” when his NXT contract was up.
Johnny Gargano’s future is still uncertain as the star hasn’t made any indication of where he’ll end up, despite recently teasing that he’s itching to get back into the ring.