Johnny Gargano did an interview with ESPN before his match against Tommaso Ciampa at NXT TakeOver: Chicago II. Here are highlights from the interview:
The atmosphere in his previous match against Tommaso:
“It was a really different atmosphere than any match I’ve ever been a part of. The crowd was so rowdy, but at certain points they were just watching. I can attribute it to [being like] watching a movie. At points things get somber, things get sad. At points you get excited, you get rowdy, you get crazy. You don’t get that very often in professional wrestling. [Most of the time] it’s like oh, we’re going to make noise, we’re going to chant and do things like that. And I think that speaks volumes to how deep this story goes, and how emotionally connected people are to me and to Tommaso, and just everything we stand for, and the history.”
Accomplishing everything he could in the indies:
“I just wanted to accomplish everything I possibly could on the indies. Following guys like Daniel Bryan — in their footsteps — where they did everything they possibly could, and when they were brought into WWE they were ready to be stars.”
You can read the entire interview here.