• Johnny Gargano Forced To Leave NXT
On this week’s episode of NXT, Johnny Gargano lost to NXT Champion Andrade “Cien” Almas in a “Title vs. Career” match after his former tag team partner, Tommaso Ciampa, attacked him with a crutch during the ending moments of the match.
Because of this loss, Gargano now has to leave NXT because of the stipulation. Below is a video of him backstage after the loss:
Below is what he tweeted after the loss:
— Johnny Gargano (@JohnnyGargano) February 22, 2018
• Former WWE Star Says WWE Misuses Wrestlers, Try To Transfer Reactions To Their Handpicked Top Guys
During a recent interview with SPORTbible, former WWE Superstar Wade Barrett talked about WWE choosing their top guys, his favorite opponents & more. Below are the highlights:
On his favorite opponent:
“Neville for sure is in my top three opponents of all-time. When I saw my name against him, it was almost like I knew I could go asleep during that match because everything he does is amazing. I think a lot of people look at Neville think, ‘Oh he’s that high-flying guy who does all the flips’, but literally everything he does, from even the most basic stuff, locking up, tying up, the way he moves around the ring; the way he reacts to anything I do to him and sells my stuff is always incredible, so, he’s one of the best in-ring guys ever.”
On if WWE misuses wrestlers:
“They misuse a lot of guys, there’s a lot of guys you could do more with but at the end of the day they pick the guys they want to go with and go with them.
I don’t think they purposely sabotage, I think there are limited spots to be at the top of the card or the highlighted guys – there are probably seven or eight guys where it’s like, ‘Ok these are our main guys going forward for the next six to twelve months’ and they need to be the guys getting the biggest reactions, being involved in the biggest storylines and stuff like that.
So if there’s a guy who is getting bigger reactions than them, then I think there is an attempt to, I’m sure, make that reaction transfer on to the guys they are going with – the guys they want to push. There are just a limited number of spots, that’s the issue. You can’t have everyone in those spots.”