Johnny Gargano WILL Be at Forbidden Door

No Matter What He Claims

Johnny Gargano has taken to Twitter to announce that he’ll be in Chicago this Sunday at The Chicago Card Show. Gargano then replied to himself, dismissing fans’ suggestions that he’ll be the mystery replacement for Bryan Danielson at AEW/NJPW: Forbidden Door and that it’s all just one massive coincidence.

So is it? Is Johnny Gargano just going to show up to this event, sign a few autographs, and bugger off home? Or is there more to it and can we expect to see him make his debut for AEW against Zack Sabre Jr. the same night?

Johnny Gargano in his WWE days

Originally, I had planned to do a whole pros and cons thing here, looking at the reasons why Gargano would and wouldn’t show up at AEW/NJPW: Forbidden Door, but the fact is that I cannot think of a single reason that he isn’t going to be the one to step up to the plate in Danielson’s place. When BD announced on this past week’s AEW: Dynamite that his match against Sabre Jr. wasn’t going to involve him, but he had the perfect replacement who was a superb technical wrestler who’d push Zacky S to the limits of his abilities, there could only be one person that sprang to the mind of every single fan with even the most basic knowledge of the sport. That name was Johnny Gargano.

Gargano’s in-ring capability is almost second to none. A 17-year veteran who cut his teeth in promotions like Chikara, Dragons Gate, and PWG before he’d even set foot inside a WWE ring, Gargano has proven time and again that he can go with the best of them. Whether that’s blow for blow, high-risk manoeuvre for high-risk manoeuvre, or grapple for grapple, Gargano is technically perfect.

In fact, he and Danielson are so similar that it’s almost frightening. Their stature, the way they wrestle, the love and understanding they both have for the sport, it’s almost as if they’re brothers from the same wrestling mother. He’d be the perfect replacement for BD.

Still not convinced? Okay then.

Gargano is a free agent and even though he’s taken time off to spend with his wife and new child, at some point he’ll want to get back in the ring, and where is that going to happen? Is a return to the WWE on the cards? Not in a month of Sundays. If he was interested in being with the company, he would never have left in the first place. That’s just a fact. Here was someone who’d been a mainstay of NXT but saw the writing on the wall for that brand. The WWE was on the verge of telling Triple H that his pet indy project was fun while it lasted, but it was time to get back to the Land of the Giants, and Gargano realized that. The black and yellow brand was dying, so he got out while he could.

Think that’s harsh? Then consider this. It was a two-way street in regards to Gargano’s contract, let us not forget, and I don’t recall the WWE bending over backwards to make sure he re-upped with them. Do you?

What other options does he have then? With the wrestling world at his feet, Gargano could pick any promotion he wanted, but with a new family, I’d be bloody surprised if that would be anywhere outside of America. Wanting to spend more time with his wife and new baby while being gone for weeks on end and schlepping miles and miles across the globe to perform in Japan and Europe? Nah, that ain’t gonna happen. Which means he’d want to be Stateside.

So, what options does he have now we’ve narrowed down the field? As I’ve said, a return to the WWE is—for now—highly unlikely which means he could always return to the independents, but that isn’t really gonna pay the bills and, again, the amount of time and effort he’d have to put in—even being the huge name he is—doesn’t make for a very stable home life.

This leaves two options really: Impact or AEW. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not having a pop at Impact here as I think that since the TNA days, they’ve become a fantastically strong brand, but I’m sorry, Johnny Gargano is way too big for them. If they manage to pull it off and get him to sign on the dotted line, make no mistake it would be a major coup, but can you honestly say that in your heart of hearts that you can see it happening?

No, AEW is Johnny Gargano’s next destination. In all honesty, I think it has been for a very, very long time, and I genuinely believe that he was due to be backstage at Forbidden Door, just in a non-wrestling capacity. Would he have debuted anytime soon? Hard to say. Maybe he’d have come out to challenge Danielson on the following episode of Dynamite or maybe they’d have kept him in reserve until this year’s All Out in September, but it’s all irrelevant now.

Brian Danielson’s injury has forced AEW’s hand and you can put money on the fact that it’ll be Johnny Gargano who answers the call this Sunday at AEW/NJPW: Forbidden Door, no matter what he claims on social media.

Written by Neil Gray

SPOBS very own Mouth Of The South (West).

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