That’s never a good sign. WWE has a lot of talent working for the company and that means the company needs to come up with a lot of stories to fill in their television time. There are only so many things that can be done to give everyone a story and sometimes it does not work out as well as it does for others. This can include one of the scariest lines in wrestling, and it might be the case again with an NXT legend.

Tommaso Ciampa is one of the biggest stars in the history of NXT. He has won the NXT Title and dominated the main event scene for several months. Couple that with his legendary feud with Johnny Gargano and there is almost no one with his accomplishments in NXT. However, things have cooled off for him a bit over the last few months and now we might know why.

Ciampa has made a post to Instagram saying that he has been off of NXT television after being told that “creative has nothing for you”. This caused Ciampa to say that he missed his 2018 self and how he has seen his career as a failure since he relinquished the NXT Title in March 2019 due to a neck injury. Ciampa made it clear that he is healthy at the moment, but has not wrestled since Takeover: In Your House on June 7.

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Photo shared by @kimberlasskick This got me thinking: 1. I miss 2018 Ciampa 2. The wrestling business, like life, is full of waves. Highs and lows. One moment you feel untouchable, the next you come crashing down. Giving up the Title is definitely one of my career lows. And to be honest, damn near everything that’s happened in my career since has been a disappointment. A few glimpses of highs here and there: my face off with Adam when I returned and War Games come to mind. But lots of lows: the chase to reclaim Goldie, the final chapter with Johnny, and most recently my encounter with Kross. 3. Motivation is a fascinating trait. Throughout my career, I’ve often found that creating false dialogue has led to my greatest internal motivation. In 2018, I created a scenario in my head in which “nobody believed in me.” It drove me. In 2020, after weeks of being left off television (yes, I’m healthy), I find myself with a new false dialogue. “Creative has nothing for you”. Whether or not this is true really doesn’t matter. Because in my head, it’s true. In 2018, I willed my vision into existence. Well, today I have a new vision. And surprisingly enough, I’m hungrier than ever. It’s time to evolve. It’s time to catch that next wave and reach that next high.

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Ciampa is an NXT legend. Check out some of the things that he has done:

Opinion: How in the world can NXT have nothing for Ciampa, one of their biggest and most celebrated stars? They now have two hours a week of television and can’t find something for him to do? That’s quite a stretch to accept and I don’t know how much sense there is to it. If nothing else, isn’t the point of creative to come up with something in these situations? You know, like being creative?

What do you want Ciampa to do? Will he be called up to the main roster? Let us know in the comments below.

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