Johnny Gargano Talks Earning His Spot in WWE, Wrestlers Being Fans, Dream WrestleMania Opponent?

WWE NXT star Johnny Gargano recently appeared on the Pancakes and Powerslams Show, and below are some interview highlights, transcription courtesy of Chris Featherstone for

On earning his spot in WWE despite being a veteran in the pro wrestling business:

“Everyone needs to earn their spot,” expresses Gargano. “I think you need to pay your dues wherever you go. It doesn’t matter how long I’ve been doing indies for, I know from wrestling in NXT, I don’t expect anything. I don’t expect to be treated differently, I expect to be treated like everyone else. That’s just how I’m used to operating.”

On pro wrestlers still needing to be fans:

“When you get to the point that you are not wrestling with your heart, then things start to go south. I think you always have to wrestle with a sense of pride and a sense of passion. Every single time I step in the ring, I have pride in my work. I take pride in what I do, and I know it’s cliché, but it doesn’t matter if it’s 20 people I go to at an indie show, or an NXT taping where there’s thousands of people. It doesn’t matter. I’m gonna give the people their money’s worth. I make it a point to give the people their money’s worth.”

On who a dream WrestleMania 33 opponent:

“Very easily say it could be me and Chris Jericho,” he states. Gargano further explains his booking by stating, “I was a big fan of Chris Jericho growing up, I looked up to him, I idolized him, my first concert was Fozzy and I only went to it because of Chris Jericho. So Chris Jericho is a guy who I kind of pattern my whole career off of, outside of Shawn Michaels. He was my inspiration, my go-to guy.”

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