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After a nine-month hiatus from wrestling, fan-favorite Johnny Gargano returned to WWE on the Aug. 22 edition of "Monday Night RAW." Back in December 2021, Gargano and his wife Candice LeRae elected not to renew their contracts with WWE. So when LeRae had a baby soon after, fans wondered if either her or Gargano would ever return to wrestling as they focused their energy on their young family. Those questions were answered tonight when RAW returned from a commercial break and the familiar theme music of the former NXT Champion filled the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada. The crowd erupted and gave Gargano a standing ovation.
Taking to the mic, Gargano talked about how the birth of his son caused him to reevaluate his life and made him wonder if he wanted to wrestle at all anymore. Then he remembered his own childhood: one in which he had big and impossible dreams. He said he dreamt of becoming a champion in WWE and wanted to show his son that any dream, no matter how crazy, could be accomplished. Because of that, he proudly confirmed that Johnny Wrestling is officially back in WWE.
Just when it seemed Gargano was going to have a peaceful and picturesque return, Mr. Money in the Bank, Theory, spoiled the party. He entered the ring and thanked Johnny for taking him under his wing back in NXT last year, but reminded him that after all this time off, Theory has accomplished everything Gargano dreamed of as a kid. Gargano didn’t take kindly to Theory’s interruption and made him pay with a thunderous Superkick right on the chin.
Johnny Gargano’s debut on RAW is a huge win for WWE and the fans as the charismatic free agent decided that the red brand is a suitable destination for him to return to wrestling. Gargano is another rare Superstar who has proven to fans that the size of your heart matters more than your physical stature. The sky's the limit for Johnny Wrestling and only time will tell if Candice LeRae will be joining him. However, we are extremely thrilled to welcome Gargano back to WWE!
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