Among the many unexpectedly wonderful things pro wrestling’s produced thus year, “Glorious Bombs” have to be one of the strangest.
It’s the intersection of a great theme song which perfectly matches a character, social media and Triple H signing a guy from Ring of Honor, a guy from Dragon Gate/EVOLVE and a guy from TNA so they can hang out together in Orlando.
Johnny Gargano, the aforementioned “guy from Dragon Gate/EVOLVE”, was a guest this week on the This is Awesome Wrestling Show and explained how he and his tag partner Tommaso Ciampa (ROH ex) came up with #GLORIOUSBOMB, who got Bobby Roode (TNA guy) to play along and why they aren’t going to disappear completely any time soon (THE WWE guy likes ‘em):
This is the first time I’ve told this story on a podcast or anything like that; so we were doing walkthroughs for the Cruiserweight Classic and they played this ‘Glorious’ song. They played Bobby’s [Bobby Roode] song. And we all thought that was going to be the theme song for the show. That was going to be the Cruiserweight Classic theme; that was going to open it.
So we all got excited! Like, this is our song! This song rules! This is awesome! So we are all saying, ‘Glorious!’ and doing hand-motions and saying we should do this, we should do that. And we later find out it’s Bobby’s song. We immediately are really angry with Bobby. What the heck, that’s our song. Why does Bobby get such a cool song?!
So every single time we saw Bobby, we would tell him, ‘Oh man, we really want your song.’ And every single time we saw him, me and Tommaso would go up to him and be like, ‘Glorious! Glorious!’ and sing his song to him. So we do that.
One day I said to Tommaso, when the song got released on YouTube, I said it would be funny if we had a phone, and we played his song and ran up to him playing it and filmed us doing that. I’m more of an idea guy; Tommaso is the more the go and doer guy. He has no filter and will go and do things.
So we went up to Bobby and asked him and he was like, ‘Yeah, sure. Let’s do it.’ We filmed one in the gym first, and we had Bobby do a fake rep, and I want to point out that the fake rep Bobby does is with 70-pound dumbbells. He just picks them up and rips them out, no problem. So we filmed that first one and posted it. Then it starts getting blown up online and it’s going viral.
We go on the bus to go the show that night and the social media guy for WWE gives us a high-five and said, ‘Keep doing it. That’s awesome. Keep doing them.’ So that whole night, we filmed all of those in the same night.
After we posted a few, someone showed us a text message from Triple H, saying ‘Tell Gargano and Ciampa I love the Glorious Bombs.’ So we are like, if he loves them, we gotta keep doing them.
Give the whole show a listen for more from Johnny Wrestling, including his thoughts on his first NXT TakeOver.