Can you blame him? We are less than two weeks removed from Survivor Series weekend, which was all about the NXT brand. NXT not only won the battle for Brand Supremacy but also had a huge and well received Takeover: WarGames the night before Survivor Series. There were several names who looked like stars, but one of them stood above most of the rest. That one person is rather happy being in NXT and would go to drastic lengths to stay.
One of the biggest issues with NXT has been what happens to its wrestlers when they come to the main roster. Some of them have been successes while others are left sitting around for months at a time with little to no ring time. There is only so much that someone can do when they are left sitting around on the sidelines and the WWE’s reputation for such a problem is strong. It is also known among the wrestlers, which is why a top NXT star wants to stick around there as long as he can.
Former NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa was a guest on Lilian Garcia’s Chasing Glory podcast and talked about how he would retire rather than go to Monday Night Raw or SmackDown full time. Ciampa cited his health and age, along with the workload that comes with wrestling on one of the main roster shows. By his math, he could wrestle four times as many matches per year on the main roster than in NXT, which would move him closer and closer to his retirement. There is no word on Ciampa moving to either main roster at the moment.
Ciampa has been on all three shows. Check out each one and see which you like best:
Opinion: This is something that makes a lot of sense both on paper and in reality. Ciampa has had several major surgeries in his career and the less time he spends in the ring, the longer he can do something like this. There is no need to have him out on virtually meaningless house shows so working the much lighter NXT schedule is a major positive for him. At the same time, it means a lot for NXT to have someone saying something like this rather than wanting to get to the main roster as fast as possible. Not many people would say it but maybe it could be the start of the new reality.
What is next for Ciampa? Will he ever be NXT Champion again? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books. His latest book is KB’s Complete 2004 Monday Night Raw Reviews.
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