Johnny Gargano and Candice LeRae are back from free agency, and WWE sources say they maintained a good relationship during their last year in NXT, as well as their time off.
According to Fightful Select, Gargano remained on most in WWE's good side all the way through his contract expiring, not signing a new deal, and even free agency. He'd made it clear to WWE that he would return on his time frame, and they were happy to follow that.
Several NXT sources said that Gargano handled his exit from the company with "incredible professionalism," mentioning that he went out of this way to work with and get over young talent like Austin Theory and Indi Hartwell, while helping to establish Dexter Lumis.
It was well known within NXT that Gargano took pride in this, especially since he knew that he would be taking time off in December as far as a year ahead of his deal expiring.
Gargano and Candice LeRae were talking to "the major companies" in the month prior to Johnny rejoining WWE. When Vince McMahon lost power, several within the company felt way more confident that Gargano would be heading back to WWE. They believed that Triple H being in power was a tipping point that accelerated the move.
Several times even before Triple H took power, there was interest in bringing Gargano to the main roster.
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