Johnny Gargano reveals which iconic pop punk band inspired his ‘Rebel Heart’ theme
Johnny Gargano spoke about the influence he had on his NXT entry themes and the surprising inspiration for ‘Rebel Heart’.
Johnny Gargano became a free agent on December 10 after his NXT contract expired, ending an incredible six-year run on the former black and gold brand.
During his time at NXT, Gargano had several different entry themes, including the much-loved âRebel Heartâ which he used for many years. Speaking on his recent Twitch stream, the former NXT champion detailed the evolution of his entry themes and how he was able to master them.
âSo Rebel Heart obviously has a special place in my Rebel Heart. A lot of people don’t realize that I’ve been very, very lucky, throughout my career I’ve been pretty involved with a lot of my theme songs.
Despite the influence he would have later in his career, Gargano admitted that he and Tommaso Ciampa’s original theme “Chrome Hearts” were given to them without consultation.
“So Chrome Hearts with me and Tommaso [Ciampa] which has just been given to us. That’s when we started and where we were pretty much extras. We didn’t have a contract yet and they gave us this song like, you know, just “here”. We haven’t heard our music, we haven’t seen our [entrance video]. Things were very different then. We didn’t hear anything like that until we got out, basically. So it was Chrome Hearts.
For his next theme, which was similar to Chrome Hearts, Johnny Gargano said he sent in a few songs to inspire the final song.
âThen for the Cruiserweight Classic, I had my own song, which sounded a bit like Chrome Hearts, but it was called ‘From the Heart’, and I sent them a few different songs for inspiration.”
Regarding ‘Rebel Heart’, he specifically asked for a singer as it was a rarity for entry songs at the time.
âThen for ‘Rebel Heart’ I specifically asked for a singer because I feel like a lot of guys never had female singers. I know Christian did. I was a big fan of it. A few other guys here and there, but I really wanted a singer for my song.
The former North American champion then revealed that a song he sent that influenced Rebel Heart was âTime to Danceâ by pop punk icons Panic! At the disco.
âThen I sent them a few more songs to kind of take it from there. A lot of people don’t realize that I sent them Time to Dance by Panic! At the disco. You can kind of hear a little bit of Rebel Heart in there. A lot of people didn’t refer to it. I know ‘The Bomb Dot Com’ is what a lot of people say Rebel Heart looks like. It’s been a little bit. But it’s never something I sent them.
“But yeah, I contributed a lot to Rebel Heart. I also contributed a lot to ‘Coming Back For You’ when we were there. It’s so funny because I got tired of Rebel Heart because I’ve been there forever. Then hearing it again recently, it made me so happy that I could kind of end this chapter with this song. Again, it made me very, very happy.
Johnny Gargano also touched on the subject of potential dream matches for the future now that he’s a free agent, saying former AEW World Champion Kenny Omega is someone he would love to face one day because he is. one of, if not the, best wrestler in the world â.
H / T to Fightful for the above transcript.