Ahead of his highly-anticipated showdown against Aleister Black at tonight’s NXT TakeOver: WarGames II WWE Network special from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California, Johnny Gargano spoke with Brian Fritz of Sporting News for an interview. Featured below are some of the highlights.
On his lengthy feud with Tommaso Ciampa: “It’s something that I think looking back it’s going to be probably the thing I’m most synonymous with and that’s amazing to me. I’ve been extraordinarily lucky and I don’t know why the story caught as much fire as it did. I don’t know why people resonated with it so much. I think, honestly, because people felt so invested in me and Tommaso as a team, people felt like they were with us from the ground up and they were.
“They saw two kids who were just working on the indies trying to get a contract in NXT. When we walked into Barclays Center, that’s what they saw and they were along for the ride. They saw us from nothing grow to NXT Tag Team Champions. They saw us grow into NXT superstars, from two indie kids to NXT superstars. Then in the blink of an eye, that was over. I think it’s really captured fans’ imaginations and I hope at the end of the day and everything is said and done, it can be my masterpiece. And if it’s 10 years from now, that’s the thing I’m most known for, I’m pretty proud of that.”
On whether or not he feels pressure to deliver at TakeOver events: “Oh yeah. So, every TakeOver I actually wear a shirt that says ‘no pressure, no diamonds.’ I make sure to pack that every single TakeOver. I wear it every single TakeOver, the day of the show as kind of reminder to myself that no matter what I’m feeling — no matter if I’m excited, if I’m nervous, if I’m, you know all the pressure in the world that’s on me to perform — it’s a good thing because good stuff will come of it. Good stuff has always come from it and I do put an immense amount of pressure on myself because a standard has been set, not just by me but by a lot of people in that locker room that we go out there and we give our all. We pour our hearts out in that ring and we steal the show. So, there is pressure, an immense amount of pressure, but it’s all worth it.”
Check out the complete Johnny Gargano interview at SportingNews.com.