Former WWE Superstar Johnny Gargano was a recent guest on the “The Sessions” podcast with Renee Pacquiao.
During the podcast, Gargano commented on WWE changing their hiring practices, being called to the main roster in 2019, and more.
You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:
In WWE Recruitment Practice: “From what I understand, they are still going to sign the indie people but they want to move away from the only complete class of indie people. What it was really like, which I fully understand is that any NCAA person where they sign, someone who comes from a different way of life who has only genetic freaks, they are just a lottery ticket. As you buy a lottery ticket, this person may be the next Kurt Angle, you never know. I fully understand bringing in those people, giving them opportunities and seeing what they have become. I’m always going to go even further on the indie wrestling route because that’s where I come from, that’s my background, that’s what I believe.
“I believe in my heart, that’s why I’m leaning towards more types of indie heartwells, Cora Jades, in the world. I don’t think anything is going away [the other] Friends but I firmly believe that you can pay someone to learn headlock, learn a wrist lock but you can’t pay someone to love it, you can’t pay someone to love wrestling. When you are an indie wrestler and you have to pay for training, you have to travel the whole way and take five dollars, you have to like it because if you don’t like it you are not going to do it. I’m always going to give those people a chance and I think they just want it, and I have a very close relationship with them. “
Briefly called to the main roster in 2019: “During that time, we were doing this story on NXT and everything was going well, and then the next minute I knew, I was getting a call that I was being called on Monday Night RAW and SmackDown. It was completely out of the left field, we had no idea. I was literally in Cleveland Ohio. I was at my dad’s birthday party, I was like, ‘This is going to be a great weekend, I can enjoy myself, I’m not going to wrestle a little, it’s going to be great.’
“Then I got a call from Matt Bloom saying ‘you’re going to RAW on Monday Monday night.’ I said ‘what?’ They said, ‘Yes, you have been called.’ I’m the North American champion right now, the Tomaso NXT champion, we’re literally making a match between us at Takeover New York, what’s going on? Ricochet, Alistair Black, I, Tomaso, we randomly call Lafayette in Louisiana.
“The NXT isn’t the best place for people to make their debut, either in New York, Chicago or one of the markets that is smart, but not. I literally had to text Thomaso and say, ‘Can you go to my apartment,’ because I didn’t have the gear. I was in Cleveland, I had to fly from Cleveland to Lafayette the next day, so I thought, ‘Can you go to my apartment, pick up my gear, bring me a suit to wear,’ because I had to get dressed for the occasion. He got it, brought it to me in Lafayette, and I think it’s one of the saddest flights I’ve ever taken. “
(h / t – Wrestling Inc.)