Johnny Gargano On If He Considered Retirement During WWE Hiatus

4 weeks ago by Taylor Sanchez

Johnny Gargano On If He Considered Retirement During WWE Hiatus WWE

Former NXT Champion Johnny Gargano has revealed that during his WWE hiatus, he planned to stay away from the ring for a full year.

Gargano last wrestled at NXT WarGames 2021, ahead of his contract expiring that December. He recently made his WWE return on the August 22 edition of Raw.

Speaking on WWE After The Bell, the popular star opened up about the effects of wrestling on his body and mind.

When asked if he considered retiring from wrestling during his time away from WWE, Gargano said:

“Yes and no (did I ever think about stepping away from wrestling permanently). I gave myself kind of a year. When I left in December, I kind of said, okay, I am content being gone December — I think December 7th might have been my last NXT show — December 7th to December whatever, December-January.

“I was okay taking off a full year, letting my body rest, letting my body recover but also letting my mind recover and also reenergizing myself. I’ve done this for almost 18 years at this point and I’ve been very lucky, I haven’t had any major injuries, I haven’t had any major time off, knock on wood somewhere.

“So, I haven’t had any downtime so for me and as you guys know, there is no off-season in what we do so we’re just going consistently, especially when before I even got here, on the indies, I was going pretty hard every single week at multiple shows, double shots, wrestling multiple times a weekend, staying in shape, doing all that stuff like that.

“It mentally wears on you and especially in this current day and age with social media and things like that-that get in your head and the mental health problems we all have to kind of go through. I was just totally fine taking this year, spending it with my baby and being a stay-at-home dad, working on my dad bod which I did, working on my dad bod, getting ready to go and just being happy.

“I was totally fine with that, with wrestling not being in my life. I don’t know if there was any point where I decided maybe I won’t come back.

“Obviously, it crossed my mind a few times when I’m staying at home and I’m able to do whatever I want and I don’t have anyone to answer to, anywhere to go, I wake up in my own bed every single day, I work out in my own gym, I hang out with my kid, it’s a great life.”

Gargano will return to action on the September 12 edition of WWE Raw.

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