NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa has no plans to put his title on the line against frenemy Johnny Gargano. He has even asked his former DIY associate to “stay away from me.”

In an interview with Planeta Wrestling, the 36-year-old talked about various things such as the WWE UK tour and the rebranding of NXT as NXT 2.0. It is worth mentioning that Ciampa was announced as one of the talents who’d perform at the live event in UK.

“I am super excited for it,” he said. He continued: “I am excited for live U.K. crowds again, I haven’t been here in three years, maybe more, and I haven’t been in front of a live crowd outside the Performance Center for 20 months, a long time, so I am very excited about it.”

The former NXT tag team champion also shut down the possibility of putting his NXT championship on the line against former partner Johnny Gargano, asking him to chase the North American title instead.

“No. Like right now? No. He’s not on the top of my list, I like keeping my title, ‘stay away from me,’ he can go and get the North American Title.”

Ciampa and Gargano were involved in a lengthy feud that is considered to be one of the best rivalries in modern wrestling – and the best produced by NXT to date. Together, they put on instant classics. Here’s a recap of their awesome rivalry:

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Manik Aftab

Manik Aftab is a news writer at Ringside News. He has been an avid fan of professional wrestling since 2000. His earliest memories of pro wrestling involved The Rock taking on The McMahon-Helmsley faction in 2000. Outside of his writing responsibilities, Manik is a fan of fiction, thrillers, comics, manga and anime. He’s an occasional journalist and likes to spend his free time watching movies and reading stuff about politics, science, medicine, etc. Manik also enjoys jogs in the park and workouts in the gym.  Manik is also a big of rock bands including Linkin Park, Breaking Benjamin, Metallica, Drowning Pool, Breaking Point, and Skillet. His current favorite wrestler is Kazuchika Okada and his favorite wrestler of all time is The Rock.

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