Pro Wrestling Sheet conducted a great interview with Johnny Gargano ahead of his grudge match with Tommaso Ciampa. The former NXT Champion talked about why he can’t trust his former partner, plus his thoughts on Edge vs. Randy Orton from WrestleMania 36.
Check out highlights below:
Why Ciampa can’t be trusted:
People show their true colors when they’re desperate. I looked in that man’s eyes and I saw the truth. Only a truth that I would know. Only a look that I would know. Only a look I saw in Chicago years ago.
That he’s a snake, he’s a liar and he can’t be trusted.
He would’ve turned on me the minute he won that title. He would’ve turned on all the fans and they are too stupid to see it. So I fixed their mistake. I let that man become NXT Champion once. I wasn’t gonna let it happen again.
Showing a new side of himself:
I’m so excited. Because, you gotta think, I’ve done the same thing on NXT since I’ve been there. Since the beginning I have been lovable underdog Johnny Gargano and I have been pigeonholed as this lovable underdog. Everyone says, “Oh, he is the best babyface of a generation! Love this Johnny Gargano that does that!” Guys, I haven’t been an underdog since … I’ve main evented more TakeOvers than anyone. First Triple-Crown champion in NXT history. Kinda hard to be the underdog when you’re the most-decorated man in the company. And, honestly, I’ve been received that way.
I’m not an underdog anymore. That time is well-gone. So to get a chance to do this new thing, show this new side of my character, to kinda create these new things. Things that I am very excited for. Because you gotta think, I’ve put more thoughts into this than a lot of people. I’ve sat back and I’ve found so many different things. So many new things that I’m excited to do and try out. That’s why this needed to happen. That’s why me and Tommaso needed to happen. It needed to end so we can both move on. The only way that I can move on, the only way I can evolve, the only way I can change is to put Tommaso Ciampa behind me this way.
On Edge vs. Radny Orton:
I loved their match. I think for Edge being able to come back and put in a 40+ minute performance after years of being on the shelf, I think that says a lot about the guy he is. Those two guys right there, Randy Orton and Edge, are two of the best going today. They’re absolutely incredible. And they’re two guys who are incredibly giving.
… They’re able to adapt, take the new age style and make it their own. And I think Edge and Orton … they put in time, man. They went hard and made the best of a bad scenario.