Johnny Gargano has provided a big update on his status in pro wrestling.
Gargano is currently a free agent after his contract with WWE expired in December. He's taken time off from wrestling to spend time with his wife Candice LeRae and their newborn and it is unknown when he will return to the ring.
Despite Gargano's absence from the ring, he remains on the minds of wrestling fans who believe he could show up for any promotion at any time.
Speaking to Good Karma Wrestling, Gargano was asked about consistently trending even though he's not wrestling.
"I make the joke all the time, 'what am I currently doing?' I say, 'I'm currently performing for Diaper Change Pro Wrestling.' That's what I'm doing all the time. The majority of my days are changing diapers and I wouldn't have it any other way right now. I'm thankful that people miss me and want to see me again, it's a good problem to have," he said.
Gargano's name was mentioned as a possibility for AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door as the replacement for Bryan Danielson against Zack Sabre Jr. Coincidentally, Gargano was booked for a signing in Chicago on the same day as Forbidden Door, but he insisted it was a coincidence and that he wouldn't be at Forbidden Door.
"I knew, and when I saw the date got announced, I was like, 'Ah man, this is going to become a thing.' I'm a big believer in bits and committing to the bit. I love the fact that no matter what I was doing or saying, people were making up their mind on what I was doing next in my life. I've been very adamant about enjoying fatherhood, taking a couple of months off, take as long off as I need to, mentally and physically, but it became a fun bit to where, I was going to tell the absolute truth of everything I was doing that week. I'm flying at this time, I'm going to be there for eight hours, I'm going to take a picture on the airplane and say, 'I'm leaving now. I'm literally on the airplane, flying home. Here is my flight information.' People were still like, 'Ah, no, he wouldn't say it if he wasn't going to show up. It's all a ruse.' I literally bought -- I made a joke that I was going to get a newspaper, they still make those, I was going to get a newspaper and post a picture with me and my kid with it. I did buy a newspaper when I landed, but I was like, 'I'm done. I accomplished what I needed to,'" he recalled.
Gargano was proven correct with Claudio Castagnoli (Cesaro in WWE) was Danielson's replacement.
It is unknown when Gargano will return to the ring. He is set for a meet & greet at AIW Absolution XV on July 23.
If you use any of the quotes above, please credit the original source with a h/t and link back to Fightful for the transcription.