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Johnny Gargano Teases In-Ring Return

Johnny Gargano

Johnny Gargano teased that he is itching to get back into the ring after his WWE contract expired in December and he made his exit from the company.

In late 2021, rumors began to emerge about the contract status of NXT stalwart Johnny Gargano. While he signed a short term extension to take him through WarGames, Gargano’s contract did indeed expire on December 10, 2021 and he said farewell to the company, at least for now.

The December 7th episode of NXT seemed to confirm his departure as Johnny Gargano said a heartwarming goodbye to the company. In his farewell address to the NXT faithful, Gargano made it clear that while change is scary, he was about to start the most important job of his life: taking care of his wife Candice LeRae and becoming a father to their soon-to-be-born son.

“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. Because that is….”

Before Johnny Gargano could continue, however, Grayson Waller entered the ring and hit the departing Superstar with a chair. Grayson continued the brutal attack by throwing Gargano out of the ring and putting a chair around his neck before throwing him into the ring steps, and added insult to injury by powerbombing the soon-to-be father through the announce table.

Since being laid out by the dastardly upstart, Johnny Gargano hasn’t been seen in a wrestling ring on television or otherwise, and as of December 10, he is officially a free agent.

Taking to social media, Johnny Gargano indicated that despite his impending fatherhood and much deserved time away from wrestling, he may be itching to get into the ring once more as he finds himself working out to wrestling theme tunes.

“You know when I start working out to wrestling theme songs.. the itch is slowly starting to come back..”

Despite the urge to get back to wrestling, Johnny Gargano’s time away from the ring wasn’t a matter of happenstance. Speaking to Iron-On Wrestling with Gregory Iron, the former NXT Champion revealed that he planned to step away from the action a year ago.

“This wasn’t a decision that came out of nowhere. This was a decision I decided a year ago. Luckily, it worked out to where me and Candice are having a baby. The baby really finalized my decision on what I wanted to do and how I wanted to take this time.

“I’m very much a guy where I could have stayed comfortable for a very long time and I love NXT, the door is open, I can go back whenever I want. WWE in general, I can go back whenever I want. I really appreciate that because I’m so grateful that the company I dreamed of working for my entire life still wants me for a very long time, which is really cool.

“It’s one of those things where I am a competitive person and I feel like I’ve climbed that mountain. There are other mountains I want to climb and other things I want to try and do, not just in wrestling, but life in general. Other avenues I want to try. I’ve always been enamoured with creating content and things like that. Now I have free time to try to do that. I’m very lucky to have a loyal fanbase that has followed me and continues to follow me even though I’m not in NXT and am doing my own thing now.”

While speculation abounds, there is currently no indication of where Johnny Gargano will end up if and when he decides to step back inside the squared circle.