Johnny Gargano

Sep 2, 2016 - by Jamie Cruickshank

Johnny Gargano

Real name: John Anthony Nicholas Gargano
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 170 lbs.
Date of birth: August 14, 1987
From: Cleveland, Ohio
Pro debut: 2005
Trained by: JT Lightning & Josh Prohibition
Finishing move: Gargano Escape

Biography

– In late 2005, Gargano began competing for CAPW in his native Ohio
– On October 8, 2006, Gargano defeated Josh Prohibition, M-Dogg 20 & Zach Gowen to win the vacant CAPW Junior Heavyweight Title
– On November 12, 2006, Gargano defeated Zach Gowen to retain the CAPW Junior Heavyweight Title
– On January 14, 2007, Gargano defeated Azrieal to retain the CAPW Junior Heavyweight Title
– In March 2007, Gargano appeared on an episode of Smackdown, competing as ‘Cedric Von Haussen’ in a loss to MVP
– On May 11, 2007, Gargano & Michael Facade won a 6-Team Gauntlet Match to win the vacant IWC Tag Team Titles
– On February 8, 2008, Gargano won a 25-Man Battle Royal to win the vacant CWE Undisputed Title
– On March 21, 2008, Gargano fought AIW Intense Champion Tyler Black to a time-limit draw
– On April 4, 2008, Gargano defeated The Deviant to retain the CWE Undisputed Title
– Two weeks later, Gargano defeated Jerry Lynn to retain the CWE Undisputed Title
– On May 25, 2008, Gargano defeated Tyler Black in an Iron Man Match to win the AIW Intense Title
– On June 6, 2008, Gargano defeated Matt Cross to retain the CWE Undisputed Title
– On July 12, 2008, Gargano defeated Raymond Rowe to retain the CWE Undisputed Title
– On September 13, 2008, Gargano defeated Jerry Lynn & Super Hentai in an Elimination Match to win the IWC Super Indy Title
– On September 21, 2008, Gargano defeated Shiima Xion to retain the AIW Intense Title
– On February 28, 2009, Gargano defeated Jimmy DeMarco to regain the AIW Intense Title, having been forced to vacate it through injury two months prior
– On August 9, 2009, Gargano defeated Josh Prohibition in a No-DQ Match to win the PWO Heavyweight Title
– On October 11, 2009, Gargano defeated Mike Tolar to retain the PWO Heavyweight Title
– On December 5, 2009, Gargano defeated Tolar to retain the PWO Heavyweight Title
– On January 24, 2010, Gargano defeated Bobby Beverly to retain the PWO Heavyweight Title
– On February 20, Gargano defeated Jason Bane to retain the PWO Heavyweight Title
– In March 2010, Gargano retained the PWO Heavyweight Title against Gregory Iron, Bobby Shields & N8 Mattson
– On April 10, 2010, Gargano teamed with Aeroform (Louis Lyndon & Flip Kendrick) to win the AIW Jack of All Trios Tournament
– In May 2010, Gargano defended the PWO Heavyweight Title against Corey Winters & Jason Bane
– On June 27, 2010, Gargano defeated Sterling James Keenan, Facade & Tommy Mercer in a No Countouts Match to win the AIW Absolute Title. He defended the belt against Bryan Danielson later that day
– On July 17, 2010, Gargano defeated Tim Donst to retain the AIW Absolute Title
– On August 1, 2010, Gargano defeated Matt Cross to retain the PWO Heavyweight Title
– Two weeks later, Gargano defeated Trik Davis to retain the AIW Absolute Title
– On September 17, 2010, Gargano defeated Dave Crist to retain the AIW Absolute Title
– On November 26, 2010, Gargano fought Facade to a double-DQ to retain the AIW Absolute Title
– On December 17, 2010, Gargano defeated Jack Verville, Tommy Mercer & Samoa Lou in a Gauntlet Match, before defeating Shiima Xion & Facade in a Ladder Match, both to retain the AIW Absolute Title
– On February 18, 2011, Gargano defeated Bobby Beverly to retain the AIW Absolute Title
– In March 2011, Gargano toured Japan with Dragon Gate
– On March 25, 2011, Gargano defeated Jimmy Jacobs to retain the AIW Absolute Title
– On June 26, 2011, Gargano defeated Tim Donst to retain the AIW Absolute Title, but immediately lost it to Shiima Xion
– On September 20, 2011, Gargano appeared as ‘Joey Gray’ on WWE Superstars, losing to Brodus Clay
– On November 13, 2011, Gargano defeated YAMATO to win the DGUSA Open the Freedom Gate Title
– On January 14, 2012, Gargano defeated Ricochet to retain the DGUSA Open the Freedom Gate Title
– On March 31, 2012, Gargano defeated Masato Yoshino to retain the DGUSA Open the Freedom Gate Title
– On April 29, 2012, Team FIST (Gargano & Chuck Taylor) defeated 3.0 (Scott Parker & Shane Matthews) in a Best of 3 Falls Match to win the CHIKARA Campeonatos de Parejas Title
– On May 12, 2012, Gargano defeated AR Fox to retain the DGUSA Open the Freedom Gate Title
– On June 19, 2012, Gargano defeated Chuck Taylor to retain the DGUSA Open the Freedom Gate Title
– On July 28, 2012, Gargano defeated Akira Tozawa to retain the DGUSA Open the Freedom Gate Title
– On August 19, 2012, Gargano defeated Jimmy Jacobs to win the PRIME Title
– A week later, Gargano defeated Jonathan Gresham to retain the DGUSA Open the Freedom Gate Title
– On September 8, 2012, Gargano defeated Jon Davis by countout to retain the DGUSA Open the Freedom Gate Title
– On September 30, 2012, Gargano defeated Rhino to retain the PRIME Title
– On October 7, 2012, Gargano defeated Ryo Jimmy Saito to retain the DGUSA Open the Freedom Gate Title
– On November 4, 2012, Gargano defeated Akira Tozawa, AR Fox & Ricochet in an Elimination Match to retain the DGUSA Open the Freedom Gate Title
– On December 7, 2012, Gargano defeated Gory to retain the PRIME Title
– The next day, Gargano defeated Sami Callihan to retain the DGUSA Open the Freedom Gate Title
– On January 18, 2013, Gargano defeated Matt Cross to retain the PRIME Title
– In late January 2013, Gargano defended the DGUSA Open the Freedom Gate Title against Jon Davis & Brian Kendrick
– On April 6, 2013, Gargano defeated SHINGO to retain the DGUSA Open the Freedom Gate Title
– On June 2, 2013, Gargano defeated Samuray del Sol to retain the DGUSA Open the Freedom Gate Title
– On July 28, 2013, Gargano defeated Akira Tozawa (twice) to retain the DGUSA Open the Freedom Gate Title
– On September 22, 2013, Gargano defeated Rich Swann to retain the DGUSA Open the Freedom Gate Title
– On October 20, 2013, Gargano defeated Krimson to win the PRIME Title
– On November 17, 2013, Gargano defeated Chris Hero to retain the DGUSA Open the Freedom Gate Title
– On January 12, 2014, Gargano defeated Uhaa Nation to retain the DGUSA Open the Freedom Gate Title
– In February 2014, Gargano defended the DGUSA Open the Freedom Gate Title against Trent Barreta & Roderick Strong
– On March 9, 2014, Gargano defeated Robbie X to retain the DGUSA Open the Freedom Gate Title
– On November 16, 2014, Gargano defeated Ricochet to regain the DGUSA Open the Freedom Gate Title
– On January 9, 2015, Gargano defeated Shane Strickland to retain the DGUSA Open the Freedom Gate Title
– On March 8, 2015, Gargano defeated Pete Dunne to retain the DGUSA Open the Freedom Gate Title
– On March 26, 2015, Gargano defeated AR Fox to retain the DGUSA Open the Freedom Gate Title
– On April 18, 2015, Ronin (Gargano & Rich Swann) defeated The Premier Athlete Brand (Anthony Nese & Caleb Konley) in a Street Fight to win the DGUSA Open the United Gate Titles
– A week later, Gargano defeated Matt Cross to win the vacant SMASH Title
– On May 17, 2015, Gargano defeated Chris Hero & Josh Alexander to retain the SMASH Title
– On May 30, 2015, Ronin defeated Drew Gulak & Tracy Williams to retain the DGUSA Open the United Gate Titles
– On June 6, 2015, Gargano defeated Player Uno to retain the SMASH Title
– On June 18, 2015, Gargano completed a WWE trial. He was not signed to a full-time deal, but would become a semi-regular competitor on NXT
– On July 19, 2015, Gargano defeated Scotty O’Shea to retain the SMASH Title
– In August 2015, Gargano teamed with Tommaso Ciampa to enter the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. The pair defeated Bull Dempsey & Tyler Breeze, then lost to Baron Corbin & Rhyno
– On August 23, 2015, Gargano defeated Candice LeRae to retain the SMASH Title
– On November 22, 2015, Gargano defeated Sebastian Suave to retain the SMASH Title
– In January 2016, Gargano and fellow wrestler Candice LeRae were engaged
– On January 16, 2016, Gargano defeated Sami Callihan to retain the SMASH Title
– A week later, Gargano teamed with Drew Galloway to win the EVOLVE Tag Team Title Tournament and become the first champions. The pair defeated Chris Hero & Tommy End in the final
– On February 20, 2016, Gargano defeated Mike Bailey to retain the SMASH Title
– On March 10, 2016, Gargano defeated Joey Ryan to retain the SMASH Title. He retained against TARIK the next day
– On March 20, 2016, Gargano & Galloway defeated Team Tremendous (Bill Carr & Dan Barry) to retain the EVOLVE Tag Team Titles
– On April 1, 2016, Gargano & Galloway defeated The Premier Athlete Brand (Anthony Nese & Kaleb Conley) to retain the EVOLVE Tag Team Titles
– On April 30, 2016, Gargano defeated Eddie Smooth to win the Legacy Heavyweight Title, but lost it back to Smooth later that night
– On May 29, 2016, Gargano defeated Eric Young to retain the SMASH Title
– In June 2016, Gargano began competing in the WWE Cruiserweight Classic. He defeated Tommaso Ciampa in round 1 before losing to TJ Perkins
– In July 2016, Gargano signed a full-time WWE deal
– At NXT Takeover Toronto, Gargano & Ciampa (now known as #DIY) defeated The Revival (Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder) in a Best of 3 Falls Match to win the NXT Tag Team Titles
– Following a defeat to The Authors of Pain at Takeover: Chicago, Ciampa turned on Gargano, signalling the end of DIY
– On the February 21, 2018 episode of NXT, Gargano lost to Andrade Almas, thanks to interference from Ciampa, forcing him to leave NXT.
– At Takeover: New Orleans, Gargano defeated Ciampa in an Unsanctioned Match to regain his spot on the NXT roster

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