Why Johnny Gargano Missed NXT Ring Time

Why Johnny Gargano Missed NXT Ring Time

Triple H addressed the in-ring status and health of Johnny Gargano during this week’s media call.

Gargano is set to headline “Takeover: Toronto 2019” with NXT Champion Adam Cole in a 2 of 3 Falls match. The first fall will be a classic wrestling match, the second fall will be a Street Fight and the third fall will have a stipulation chosen by NXT General Manager William Regal, if needed.

Gargano has worked some on NXT TV and he worked the recent “Takeover: XXV” event in early June, but he has been away from live event action for the most part, for a few months now. Triple H was asked about his status and time away from the ring.

“He’s fine,” Triple H confirmed. “Without me getting into medical details of people because I can’t, it was a little lingering thing that if… it’s one of those funny things that in the athletic world, you go, ‘This is sort of nothing.’ … This is just one of those little things where I was like, ‘Let’s take you off of some stuff, even though you’re fine because I don’t want this to become something more than this is.’

“It’s cleared up and he’s totally fine. It’s just one of those little things that you don’t want to take a risk of becoming something more than it is. Not because it’s a serious thing that could be career-threatening or anything like that, but just because then if you do get to the point, now you do have to take a significant period of time off to get this thing to shut down totally, to be able to have it heal 100%. It was more precautionary than it was anything else, but I would rather take that precaution now, than have it become something more down the line.”

It was reported back in late May that Gargano was working with a knee injury. Gargano learned to help produce NXT live events while he was away from the ring. The title loss to Cole at “Takeover: XXV” was never in jeopardy, but it was also said then that there was no word yet on when Gargano would return to full-time action.

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