Tommaso Ciampa took to Twitter yesterday to mock reports that he was cleared to return as of September 11.
He has now backed up his mocking in an interview with wrestling superfan Izzy, and has confirmed that while he is not yet cleared to return, he will wrestle again when his body is ready.
“I got to lead NXT from bingo halls to Takeovers to the USA Network, not see them, lead them. It’s big. There’s a lot of rumors and speculation about what my role is going to be, breaking news, I’ve been told I will be coming back to a wrestling ring. I’ve been told I will eventually be able to wrestle again. And the sad part is, no, I’m not cleared. It is what it is. I will be there September 18th, the 25th, every time going forward. I just won’t be out in front of the crowd until [my neck] allows me to. I promised my mom at home that this time, we’re gonna take our time. I’m excited for [NXT moving to USA], I’d be a little more excited if I could take part in it. We’ll get there soon,”
He sent out this now deleted tweet yesterday, denying initial reports that he was set to return.
I have been told that I am cleared to return as of September 11th…
by the internet.
So, I called and asked my surgeon to confirm. He laughed at me. And said (kind of in an Allen Iverson voice) “the internet, we talking about the internet”.