Johnny Gargano has shared his opinion on the NXT reboot, recalling the transition from from the ‘Black & Gold’ product to NXT 2.0.
In an interview with Comicbook, Gargano noted that the locker-room felt a rebrand coming long before the colorful NXT 2.0 first premiered in September 2021.
Gargano praised current NXT Champion Bron Breakker, calling the star a diamond for his passion. Admitting that he believed NXT needed refreshing, Gargano said:
“It’s just one of those things where I don’t think there was any moment in particular that was like, ‘Oh wow, things are way different now.’ We knew that a rebrand was coming, but like anything in wrestling, things change all the time. Things constantly evolve. We just talked about earlier in this interview, how if you do something for so a certain way, things get boring and you kind of need to refreshen things sometimes.
“I think honestly, it definitely needed a little bit of a kick. I feel like they’re incredibly happy with how things are going and you have to be happy with how some of those guys have already developed on, in front of your very own eyes. Like I mentioned Bron Breakker for instance. Bron Breakker’s a guy that I think I mention all the time, you can pay people to learn how to wrestle, right?
“You can pay people to do this, but you can’t pay someone to genuinely love it or you can’t pay people to want to be better at it. There’s one thing to say, ‘Okay, teach me how to do a wrist lock’ and you’re going to pay me to do that. And I’m going to learn the wrist lock and that’s all I’m going to do. It’s another thing to genuinely want to be better. And when you find someone who has both those qualities where they want to be better and they are getting better, that’s a diamond.
“I feel like Bron Breakker is a diamond. There’s so many people I can name that I feel like are really taking advantage of the opportunities they’re given right now but Bron is definitely one of them that I believe in.”
Gargano is currently a free agent after letting his WWE contract expire in December. The former NXT Champion has reportedly been ‘heavily considering’ a run in AEW.