The WWE Universe was very surprised to see Tommaso Ciampa, Johnny Gargano, Aleister Black, and Ricochet get their WWE main roster call-ups. They weren’t the only ones either.
We have been told that virtually nobody backstage knew about these call-ups until the official announcement was made. This was not a long-term plan and there was no talk about it even the previous night at Elimination Chamber.
Some of the Superstars who were most surprised consisted of those NXT Superstars who actually received their debut in January, but haven’t been used consistently.
Needless to say, this was a decision made without a lot of preparation on WWE’s part and it left a lot of people pretty surprised backstage.