Johnny Gargano emphasizes that it's important to be patient with his time on WWE Raw.
Gargano previously had a successful run in NXT, as he became the first Triple Crown Champion in the brand's history. He left WWE when his contract expired at the end of 2021, and after he spent a few months away, the former NXT Champion returned on the August 22, 2022 episode of WWE Raw. He has regularly appeared on the red brand ever since, aside from a period in which he missed a few weeks with an injury in January.
Speaking on Busted Open Radio, Gargano was asked to share his thoughts on how things are going for him on WWE Raw and how he has been doing with the creative he has been getting. He responded by stating that it's a matter of making the most out of what you're given and being patient. Gargano also noted that he had a major opportunity in the United States Elimination Chamber match.
“You know how things go, man. You make the most out of the time you’re given, you make the most out of your opportunities. I feel like I had a huge opportunity in the Elimination Chamber match, and I feel like I showed out in that one. I feel like I was able to get in there with a guy that I feel is probably the standard-bearer on our industry right now, Seth Rollins. I think he’s the tippy-top of the mountain, he’s where I want to be, and I hung toe to toe with him, and I showed the world that I can hang with him. So it’s one of those things where it’s all about time, it’s all about patience. I know a lot of people don’t want to be patient, they want it now. They want me to go out there and have 30-minute matches, 25-minute matches, do my TakeOver thing. It takes time, it takes equity. It takes getting this other audience that maybe doesn’t know about me, the casual fans we talk about all the time, in these buildings that, quite frankly, I haven’t been in before. A lot of these markets, I’ve never wrestled in, and they’re seeing me for the very first time. This whole past six months, I’ve wrestled in so many markets I’ve never been in before because… [in] NXT, they did the main markets, they did the hardcore wrestling towns. I do feel like it’s just time, it’s equity. As you know, it’s putting your time in, making the most out of the time you’re given, and that’s all you can do," Gargano said.
Gargano and Dexter Lumis will face The Judgment Day (Dominik Mysterio and Damian Priest) on the March 13 episode of WWE Raw. Check out the card here.
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Gargano is set to face Grayson Waller at NXT Stand & Deliver. More information is available here.