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Bully Ray explains why it’s better if Johnny Gargano doesn’t move to the main roster

On his Busted Open Radio Show, WWE Hall of Famer Bully Ray Dudley talked about NXT superstar Johnny Gargano. While Johnny is still in NXT, he is also working both RAW and Smackdown. This indicates that he will eventually join one of the brands. However, Bully Ray wants Gargano to stay in NXT.

According to Bully, Gargano is one of the best superstars that NXT has right now and he’d rather Gargano continue to grow in NXT than struggle to find a place on the main roster like many other superstars before him.

“I would rather see Johnny get double-parked back in NXT, and when I say double-parked, I mean that in the best way. Gargano is a stud in NXT and we know that,” Bully explained. “If they have nothing for him on the main roster, there is zero good reason to bring him up. We talk about this all the time – guys come up to the main roster and then are never heard from again.”

Bully also talked about how WWE has booked Bobby Roode and EC3. While Roode has held the NXT Championship and the RAW Tag Team Titles since coming to WWE, EC3 hasn’t won a single title on NXT or RAW. He has recently been featured on the WWE Network show Main Event instead of RAW or SmackDown.

“Unfortunately, We talk about our friend Bobby Roode and especially now, the new victim is EC3. I don’t think they would do that with Gargano but you never know. It’s very, very easy to find yourself in limbo on the main roster because we see it happen to so many guys and girls,” Bully stated. “I’d much rather see him stay in NXT. I would rather see him do what he does there. Gargano’s a bigger star now because he’s had a little stint on the main roster so staying in NXT is going to give the NXT guys the rub and I can almost see Gargano working with a Riddle, or working with anybody over there.”

Bully Ray also added that Tommaso Ciampa’s return after recovering from neck surgery will play a huge role in whether Johnny Gargano will ever be on the main roster again.

“Now, when Ciampa comes back, if they move them both back up to the main roster, then that main roster move was because of Ciampa.”

h/t Wrestling Inc for the transcription.


  • CC

    This really is not anything people do not know already. Does not take being an insider or a wrestler to know that WWE consistantly messes up call ups from NXT.

    If you look at all the call ups over the years, the only ones that have had any real level of success were the earliest call ups.

    Even some of those that have had success such as Owens and Balor only had fleeting levels, and kinda dropped back. While nowhere near as bad as Sanity or The Ascension, they are still nowhere near where they should be or started on the card.

    I would rather they just stopped calling people up rather than have them constantly wasting talent.