Tommaso Ciampa was certainly one of the best things about NXT throughout his run in the developmental brand. He was part of solid feuds, especially with his eternal friend/rival Johnny Gargano.
The former NXT Champion has accomplished everything there is to accomplish on NXT. Ciampa had previously stated that he would retire from pro wrestling if he was ever called up to the main roster due to the hectic schedule.
However, he is clearly an active part of the WWE main roster now. While speaking with Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp, Ciampa revealed why he changed his mind about a main roster call-up.
“I get asked this all the time. Having a successful neck surgery, huge factor. Going into that and having the pain I had for as long as I had. I always felt like, ‘Your career’s ending soon,’ and now I don’t feel that way. Now I feel like, ‘Oh, you might have just finished the first half of your career.’ I’ve learned how to wrestle with it and I’m not in pain. Having a child, having the pandemic happen and spending three years with her at home and having that time, and now she’s at the point she’s with me right now at SummerSlam. A lot has changed. My life has changed. My maturity has changed. The opportunities are exciting to me. There’s a lot of new opponents for me to face. It’s hard to put it on one thing.
The way I take care of my body, I just feel like, ‘Oh, shoot. okay, I’m 37. If I go ’til 55, I’m at the halfway point. We’ve got a long ways to go.
“It’s the same concept. He’s got some neck issues, too, like everybody else that wrestles. You just learn. We got a cool medical team, too. They’re great, dude. You get those people who are helping you with the strength and conditioning, guys like Coach Hayes and [Ty-rai], who’s a PT. So many people who are just educating you and the more you get educated, the more you start to learn like, ‘Oh, I can get longevity out of my career doing this.’”
Ciampa has been aligned with The Miz over the past few months on Monday Night RAW, defeating the likes of AJ Styles and Mustafa Ali. We’ll have to see what the company has next in store for him.
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