Tommaso Ciampa is currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the NXT brand but is currently inactive due to a neck surgery. He is a former one-time NXT Champion and NXT Tag Team Champion (with Johnny Gargano), making him one of only three wrestlers (along with Neville and Gargano) to have won both titles.
He is best known for his work in Ring of Honor (ROH), where he is a former World Television Champion, and several other independent promotions, including Beyond Wrestling, Chaotic Wrestling (CW), Top Rope Promotions (TRP), and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG).
In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, Ciampa spoke about his recovery process: “I didn’t lose the title. Storyline or not, entertainment or not, that title meant the world to me. I was ‘The Guy’ for NXT, the h*****t brand in the entire world.
I came through knee surgery and two shoulder surgeries to get to that point. That’s what I worked my entire career for, so giving up the title is not how I envisioned it ending. I am the best sports entertainer in the world.
I always hear, ‘Sports entertainer? You’re a sell-out!’. Call me a sell-out if you want. I’m buying in. This is my brand. NXT is mine”.