Johnny Gargano receives a standing ovation after NXT TakeOver: Toronto


WWE fans showed their respect towards Johnny Gargano last night at NXT TakeOver: Toronto after what was likely his last NXT match by giving him a standing ovation.

In the main event of the show, Gargano took on Adam Cole in a Best 2-out-of-3 Falls Match for the NXT Championship.

After initially going one fall down in the traditional singles match part of the bout, Johnny Wrestling clawed it back to 1-1 by picking up the second fall in the Street Fight portion, before Cole picked up the final fall to retain his title in a brutal Steel Cage match with lots of weapons.

The loss on the night meant Gargano lost overall in the trilogy of matches he's had over the past couple of months against Cole, but that didn't matter for the fans in Toronto.

After NXT TakeOver: Toronto went off the air, the NXT Triple Crown Champion received a standing ovation and a "thank you Johnny!" chant from the crowd at the Scotiabank Arena while he stood in the ring with wife Candice LeRae.

Making his way to the back, NXT General Manager William Regal met Gargano at the top of the ramp to raise his arm in the air, giving NXT fans one last opportunity to show their appreciation, which they did.

This was a strong indication that WWE may move the former NXT Champion to the main roster soon, although the company's plans for Johnny Wrestling is currently unclear.

It's currently unknown if Gargano will remain in NXT and move on to a new feud outside the NXT title picture, or if he will return to the main roster for a full-time Monday Night Raw or SmackDown Live run.


During February earlier this year, Gargano did have a mini-run on the main roster as part of a tag team with Tommasso Ciampa, but that was brought to a halt when their team split and they began feuding over the NXT title.

Triple H didn't address Johnny Wrestling's in any of his post-TakeOver interviews, so we'll just have to wait until Raw or SmackDown next week to find out what's happening.

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