Indy Star Works NXT, Punk/ Hogan Beef, WWE Tokyo Update

Johnny Gargano NXT

Johnny Gargano Wrestles Dark Match

Johnny Gargano – a standout on the independent scene – wrestled an NXT dark match against Uhaa Nation yesterday. It’s not clear if Gargano is on route to a contract but he has had tryouts at the Performance Center already. In theory there’s nothing stopping NXT using independent talent on a per appearance basis, they have already done it was stars like Rhino. Gargano is best known for his appearances for Dragon Gate USA and Evolve, the latter who issued the following statement:

We are very happy that WWE gave Gargano this opportunity. We have all traveled the road with Gargano and watched him go from the pre-show FRAY! on the first ever DGUSA event to his historic reigns as DGUSA Champion. If there is ever a WWN Hall Of Fame, Gargano is sure to be on the first ballot. It is only with your support that Gargano has accomplished all these things. Gargano remains under WWN contract. He will return to EVOLVE in New York on August 15th and 16th.

We can already announce one of the huge matches he will be involved in that weekend. After what happened at EVOLVE 44, it’ll be Gargano vs. Ethan Page in an Anything Goes Match at EVOLVE 47 in Queens, NY at La Boom.

CM Punk vs Hulk Hogan Continues

The war of words between Hulk Hogan and CM Punk has continued this week, when Punk told the CSN Chicago panel that Hogan was not a true Tampa Bay Lightning fan.

That’s the problem I have with that. If I’m a Lightning fan, I’m embarrassed they hitched their wagon to a guy like that. Doesn’t know Stamkos’s name, the captain’s name. Icing to him is something he eats three times a day. My love for hockey supersedes anything else and I would just like to see people tune in and understand the game and appreciate the game for what it is. You put something on there like that, it kind of lowers it a little… If I’m a Lightning fan, I want someone to better represent my team. They’re a hell of an organization. That paints them in the wrong light.

Punk is referring to an incident last week where Hulk Hogan pronounced the captain’s name wrong, and then called coach John Cooper, John Connor.

Whether it’s like hearted fun, keeping his character alive, or he genuinely feels that way, CM Punk always knows how to create intrigue.

WWE Tokyo Airing In Full On Network

WWE’s July 4th house show from Tokyo, Japan, will indeed air in full on the WWE Network. The card features:

WWE NXT Title Match
Finn Balor vs. Kevin Owens

WWE Divas Title Match
Paige vs. Naomi vs. Nikki Bella

Brock Lesnar vs. Kofi Kingston

Chris Jericho vs. Neville

John Cena and Dolph Ziggler vs. Kane and King Barrett