Former NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa has said he is “excited” about the changes that will be coming to NXT soon.
The show is being repackaged and rebranded, and the entire developmental system is undergoing a change in philosophy too.
A lot of people have predicted this would be bad for people like Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano, who have been long-term members of the roster, but Ciampa seems to be high spirits.
Speaking with Fightful, he said:
“It’s exciting. Change, sometimes, is for the best. Everyone has been keeping a tight lid on it and I don’t know what to expect. I believe the first live show will be (September 14) with whatever the new look and image is. The overall feeling seems to be excitement. It’s new, different, fresh, and at the same time, it’s the same. NXT is NXT. Same roster, same group of guys and girls in the back who will go out there and give their best. Same people behind the scenes.
“It’s hard to say right now, if it’s just a new paint job or what it is, but it’s exciting at the very least. Everything about it right now, it’s been exciting. Ever since I got to the company and started, it’s been an exciting journey. Not too much has changed for me. There is definitely a lot of noise out there, but for me and my life and day to day, I just do the work and let the chips fall where they fall.”
There had been rumors that Vince McMahon and Bruce Prichard would essentially be taking over NXT, but what has become more clear is the idea that they’ll just be paying more attention to ‘big picture’ stuff, and won’t necessarily be ‘hands-on’.
The scouting and developmental teams have had instructions to focus on finding and training bigger, younger athletes with less of an emphasis on indie wrestlers, so we’ll have to see if that changes anything we actually see on TV.
It’s also been reported that more releases could be on the way, specifically with longer-tenured members of the NXT roster, and Ciampa is the one of the first names that a lot of people speculated about for that conversation.