A WWE Raw superstar is dealing with a shoulder injury and hoping to get better with some physical therapy.
During WrestleMania 39 weekend in Los Angeles, the WWE NXT brand held a Premium Live Event called Stand & Deliver on Saturday, April 1st several hours before WrestleMania Saturday.
One of the biggest matches at Stand & Deliver was an Unsanctioned Match between the cocky Australian superstar Grayson Waller and one of the greatest NXT wrestlers ever, Johnny Gargano.
For Gargano, it was his NXT return after leaving the brand in December 2021 when his WWE contract expired. Gargano returned to WWE last summer on the Raw brand, but he was back at Stand & Deliver to face off with his rival Waller. Gargano ended up winning their Unsanctioned Match with Gargano using the Gargano Escape submission to win the match that went nearly 20 minutes.
Unfortunately for Gargano, he has re-aggravated a shoulder injury, according to Fightful Select. The shoulder injury is what sidelined Gargano in January before he made his in-ring return during the Royal Rumble amtch.
The report from Fightful that Gargano wrestled about a dozen matches after March 4th, but by the time he got to Stand & Deliver, he was severely hampered by the injury and really only able to use one arm fully.
As for his recovery, WWE and Gargano hope that he can repair the injury with physical therapy as opposed to surgery. If he required surgery then that could mean six months or more off television.
Some people speculated that Vince McMahon’s return to WWE led to Gargano being taken off television, but that is not true. It was added by Fightful that Vince McMahon, in 2021, had indicated to Gargano that he wanted him to stay with WWE after Gargano’s deal expired at the end of that year.
Other than Stand & Deliver, Johnny Gargano last competed on Smackdown in the Andre The Giant Battle Royal on March 31. Meanwhile, his last Raw match was on March 20th when he lost to Dominik Mysterio in singles action.