Tommaso Ciampa is a former NXT Champion and NXT Tag Team Champion. He was part of what many fans consider one of the feuds of the decade with Johnny Gargano, and was awarded five stars by Dave Meltzer for his and Gargano’s unsanctioned match at NXT TakeOver: New Orleans.
Ciampa recently appeared on Lillian Garcia’s Chasing Glory podcast. When asked about if he really doesn’t want to go to Raw or SmackDown, he explained: “If I have to go to Raw or SmackDown, then i’m going to retire.” adding that he would love to be a producer or coach if he has to go to the main roster, but because of the injuries he has suffered, his body would not be able to handle the workload of a Superstar on the red or blue brand.
He elaborated that his recent neck surgery means that he will only be able to wrestle for a certain amount of time, and staying in NXT will increase his career longevity – using the comparison that four years in NXT would be the same number of matches as one year on the main roster.
The full quote can be read below:
“I have a little one at home and my schedule is better in NXT than it would be on the road – and I had neck surgery and I’m not freaking stupid. I get that my window is smaller than it was and my bump card is ticking, and I just look at it like if I’m doing 200+ days a year on the road with Raw or SmackDown, or I’m doing a manageable load of 30 to 50 matches with NXT. […] So I can do four years of that in the time I do one year with Raw and SmackDown. So how long can my career and portfolio grow here as opposed to going there. Now it’s become a thing where I have legitimately vocalised to them that if I have to go to Raw or SmackDown, then I’m going to retire. And I would love to produce or coach or be a part of it, but there’s no way I’m taking on that load.”