WWE executives are reportedly thrilled to have Johnny Gargano and Candice LeRae back in the company.
According to fighter selectionThe veteran wrestling couple “maintained a good relationship” with WWE during their free agency period, with a source noting that Gargano was still on good terms with WWE after deciding to turn down a contract extension with the promotion in December 2021. Remained as it is.
The report stated that Gargano told WWE that he would “be back on his deadline” and that WWE’s higher-ups were “happy to have followed through” and respected Gargano’s wishes.
In addition, several “NXT” sources told Fightful that Gargano handled his exit from the company with “incredible professionalism”, emphasizing that he was interested in working with and supporting young talent such as Austin Theory and Indy Hartwell. To help “go out of your way”, while also helping set up Dexter Lumis. Gargano reportedly “proud” of trying to help bring The Way to a stable, and this was well known as he decided to take a break from wrestling for about a year before the WWE deal ended. did.
For what it’s worth, it was never a foregone conclusion that Gargano and LeRae were returning to WWE. According to sources in Fightful, the veteran wrestler was in talks with several “major companies” in the month before Gargano’s return to WWE, though it’s unknown if they ever intend to move elsewhere. While there was no mention of a potential jump to AEW, the report stated that IMPACT Wrestling was “not a serious consideration” for the wrestling duo.
When Vince McMahon announced his retirement in July, multiple sources within WWE indicated to Fightful that “he felt more confident” that Gargano was returning to the company. He said Triple H’s handling of McMahon’s duties was “a pivotal point that accelerated Gargano’s return”. However, interest in bringing Gargano to the WWE main roster was reported even before the Triple H-led regime.
Last Friday on “WWE SmackDown,” Gargano and Kevin Owens saved Drew McIntyre from a 3-on-1 attack at the hands of Austin Theory and Alpha Academy, the latter setting up a six-man main event bout for the show. Gargano and Owens recently reunited on WWE TV after teaming up in the Indies as The Panda Express.
Meanwhile, LeRae will take action against Damage CTRL’s Dakota Kai on this week’s “WWE Raw,” a week after her first win over Nikki ASH.