Tommaso Ciampa has been a staple of the NXT roster since 2016, seemingly having accomplished everything on the black and gold brand.
Ciampa had previously stated that he would retire before getting called up to Raw or SmackDown, as he did not feel that he could keep up with the schedule due to the injuries that he has suffered over his career.
However, in an interview with Mike Johnson of PWInsider, Ciampa didn’t completely shut the door on a move to one of WWE’s flagship shows, saying:
“It’s a tough one for me to answer, because that’s not how I work, as far as goals go. When I was a kid, I wanted like, ‘Oh, I want to be on WrestleMania and stuff.’ For sure, those were the goals. Because I was signed at 20, 21, and released, and then did a bunch of independents, and toured around the world, and just found myself and grew as a performer. It’s just all these different experiences I had, and it just became more about the journey than anything, and it became more about just becoming a better performer. So when Johnny and I came to NXT and our first thing was doing the Dusty Classic, for me, it was like, ‘Oh, cool, here’s an opportunity to get in the ring with new different people, fresh people, get in front of different audiences and grow as a performer.’ The Raw brand is fantastic. Great roster, lots of talented men and women. Same thing with SmackDown, same thing with NXT. I’d love to get in there with everybody. It’s just more about me doing things that help my own legacy at the end of it, that helped me, as a performer, grow and get better. There’s no door that’s closed, but at the same time, there’s no weird carrot that’s dangling in front of me, where I’m like, ‘Oh, that’s what I got to do.’ It’s just going with the flow of it all and making the most of every opportunity that’s presented to me, essentially.”
Tommaso Ciampa and Timothy Thatcher will challenge the NXT Tag Team Champions MSK at the upcoming NXT Great American Bash show on July 6 for the titles.
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