With the talk of WWE at the moment being call-ups from NXT to the main roster, Johnny Gargano has named the superstars from Raw and SmackDown he’d love to face on the black and gold brand.
Recently Nox and Shotzi made their SmackDown debuts defeating reigning WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Natalya and Tamina. Former NXT UK Women’s Champion Toni Storm is also advertised to be heading to the blue brand soon. Reports had suggested that stars from NXT including Bronson Reed and NXT Champion Karrion Kross had been taking part in dark matches at Raw and SmackDown shows. At the first SmackDown event back on the road, The Way’s Austin Theory teamed with a newly returned Harry Smith.
Now in an appearance on Busted Open Radio, NXT stalwart Johnny Gargano has spoken of his desire to see talent come from Raw and SmackDown to NXT. The former NXT Champion even named some stars he’d love to face in the ring should that happen.
“I think I would absolutely love that. I think NXT works best, and this is obviously my opinion, I think NXT is a third brand. I think you should be able to send guys from NXT to RAW and Smackdown. You should be able to send guys from RAW and Smackdown to NXT. You brought up a guy like Cesaro. Trust me, we would love to have Cesaro. I think the dream matches you could get with Cesaro in NXT, they’re amazing. Cesaro is one of them.
“Obviously there’s a lot of guys that I’d like to work with as well, that I haven’t had the chance to yet. Guys like AJ Styles, guys like Seth Rollins, Daniel Bryan was another guy on my list. Those three are the ones I get when I’m asked who I’d like to be in the ring with. So I would love if we’d start sending some guys to NXT. Who knows? I think Johnny Gargano vs. Cesaro on a TakeOver would be pretty wild.”
Johnny Gargano had a short-lived stint on the WWE main roster when he and Tommasso Ciampa were called up alongside Aleister Black and Ricochet. With the four men breaking off into tag teams, Gargano returned to NXT after Ciampa required a serious neck surgery.