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Johnny Gargano Makes WWE Return on Raw, Drops Austin Theory with Superkick

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After allowing his WWE contract to expire in December, Johnny Gargano made his go back to the company with this week’s bout of Monday Night Raw.

WWE @WWE

JOHNNY GARGANO IS BACK!!!!!!!!!@JohnnyGargano is here on #WWERaw. pic.twitter.com/KmPs8c3OTG

Gargano was faced with his former stablemate Austin Theory, who currently holds the amount of money in the lender contract:

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Well things just got VERY interesting on #WWERaw!@JohnnyGargano @_Theory1 pic.twitter.com/hn1FFy9M5F

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NO CHANCE, @_Theory1!@JohnnyGargano just made his choice on #WWERaw. pic.twitter.com/gg1LlhU3Q4

Since Triple H took over as WWE head of creative in July following a retirement of Vince McMahon, speculation increased regarding Gargano possibly signing a fresh deal with the business.

Triple H @TripleH

Have confidence in yourself.
Nobody can do it for you personally.

Welcome to #WWERaw, @JohnnyGargano! https://t.co/prY2obXNor

THE OVERALL GAME was the creator and booker of NXT, that is where Gargano thrived and gained his greatest success and recognition in the wrestling business. Gargano held every major title the brand had to provide.

When he opted against re-signing in December, it came at the same time when NXT was in circumstances of flux, because the traditional black-and-gold brand switched to NXT 2.0.

While Triple H was dealing with a heart issue, the total amount of power in NXT changed and transitioned toward primarily featuring young, raw talent with somewhat limited wrestling experience.

That has been in stark contrast to Triple H’s NXT, as he favored a variety of developmental wrestlers and established stars from the independent scene.

Gargano competed in his final match for the brand at NXT WarGames in December, when he, Tomasso Ciampa, Pete Dunne and LA Knight represented the initial NXT in a losing effort against Bron Breakker, Carmelo Hayes, Tony D’Angelo and Grayson Waller.

Johnny Wrestling gave a heartfelt goodbye speech on the next bout of NXT, and then get attacked by Waller at its conclusion.

From then on, Gargano took time off in order that he and his wife, fellow former NXT star Candice LeRae, could concentrate on looking after their newborn son.

It initially looked as if AEW will be the best place for the 35-year-old due to its concentrate on the in-ring product and the truth that it had signed so many former NXT stars.

However, the narrative changed completely when Triple H took on an elevated role in WWE, especially once he started bringing back a few of his NXT favorites.

He re-signed Dakota Kai, Karrion Kross, Scarlett and Dexter Lumis, seemingly increasing the probability of Gargano returning.

The speculation finally became reality on Monday, when Gargano resurfaced in WWE and started what promises to become a fruitful run with Triple H at the helm.


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