Mick Foley has suggested that Johnny Gargano might be wise to explore his options outside of WWE, given how stars of his size have fared on the main roster in recent times.
On the December 7th episode of NXT 2.0, Johnny Gargano and Kyle O’Reilly appeared in a WWE ring for what many believe to be the final time. On the show, Gargano cut a promo saying thank you and goodbye to the brand before being beaten down by Grayson Waller. Meanwhile, O’Reilly was beaten in a Cage Match by Von Wagner.
In the days following the show, the contracts of both men expired. Since leaving the company both Gargano and O’Reilly have been linked with AEW, with O’Reilly in particular tipped to link-up Adam Cole and Bobby Fish.
However, according to a new report their is a belief backstage within NXT that both Superstars will eventually re-sign with the company.
Appearing on the Wrestling Inc Daily Mick Foley was asked out the departures of Gargano and O’Reilly. The Hall of Famer reiterated his comments from earlier in the year about concerns with WWE’s creative team, before suggesting that the pair should explore their options.
“If you’re Johnny and you see the history of guys his size, there are some exceptions,” Foley continued. “People have done remarkably well, Daniel Bryan, Bryan Danielson being the best example. But I think they owe it to themselves to see what’s out there.”
Foley closed by saying that although he’s a “WWE guy” his loyalty will always be with the men and women working inside the ring.
Posting on social media, Foley has also recently questioned the release of Hit Row’s Top Dolla. The Hall of Famer said that he believed that he could have been a “crossover star,” describing the decision to cut him from the roster as “baffling.”
In September, against the backdrop of an ever-growing list of releases, and the debuts of CM Punk and Bryan Danielson in AEW, Foley took to social media to say that WWE had a problem.
The Hall of Famer went as far as to say that he was unsure whether he would be able to trust the creative team if he were currently an active performer.