Johnny Gargano On What He Respects Most About Bronson Reed, Candice LeRae 038 Indi Hartwell Winning NXT Women8217s Tag Titles

In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, Johnny Gargano discussed Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell winning the NXT Women’s Tag Team titles, what he respects about Bronson Reed, and much more. Here are some highlights:

Johnny Gargano on Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell winning the NXT Women’s Tag Team titles: “Candice earned that moment. Shes earned it for everything shes done inside the ring for NXT, but outside the ring as well. She deserved that moment. I tweeted that Ive been there for all the blood, sweat and tears shes endured, and thats real. I thought it should have happened a long, long time ago, but I can take extra pride in seeing her accomplish this with Indi, someone we genuinely love. Indi has such a bright future. For Candice to share that moment with Indi, its super cool. Its so well deserved and well earned. We wrestled for so long on the indies, and these moments are validation for all that hard work. What she accomplished, thats a moment you dream about.”

On working with a variety of wrestlers during his run as NXT North American Champion: “I was very open about having a run with the title, and its my chance to make other guys, too. Now Leon goes into something with Swerve, and hes taken more seriously. He can do so much; hes so talented. Having a 24-minute TakeOver match with Kushida and being able to show the world what hes capable of doing, thats something I take very seriously. Hed shown that all around the world, but this was his chance to show it here, so I really wanted that match with him. He works incredibly hard and deserves that spotlight. And Priest is amazing. Hes incredibly talented, and hes a guy that takes opportunities and runs with them. Hes gone to new heights, and everything he did with Bad Bunny at WrestleMania was next-level. Like you said, I do think this is my best run. I take pride in the fact that I can give certain spotlight to guys and bring others up. I can make other guys along the way, and I think thats my role now. We have such a talented locker room, so thats incredibly easy for me to do.”

On what he respects most about Bronson Reed: “Bronson is a guy who scratched and clawed on the indies for a very long time. Now for him to be here and have this opportunity, it means a lot. Hes someone who is immensely talented, and hes a very, very big boy who is capable of doing some athletic feats that someone his size should not be able to do. That is very cool to see, and hes a throwback. I liken him to someone that is Vader-esque: He can do a backflip; he can maul you. Youre going to see him step into the cage and step up to the moment, and its going to be incredible to see him do what hes capable of doing.”

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