Tommaso Ciampa is currently signed to WWE, on the roster of the NXT brand. He is a former one-time NXT Champion and NXT Tag Team Champion (with Johnny Gargano), making him one of only four wrestlers (along with Neville, Gargano and Adam Cole) to have won both titles.
Outside of NXT, he is best known for his work in Ring of Honor (ROH), where he is a former World Television Champion. He has also wrestled for several other independent promotions, including Beyond Wrestling, Chaotic Wrestling (CW), Top Rope Promotions (TRP), and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG).
In a long interview with Sporting News, Ciampa described the mental and emotional aspect of recovering from injury: “I have a really good at-home support system with my wife and the baby and even the dogs (laughs) in that they all just keep me occupied, they keep me busy, they keep me moving, to keep my mind from drifting.
Mentally, it’s never been much of a challenge. Over these last few years with the knee and the shoulders and stuff, that’s always kind of kept that in check. Emotionally with this one, obviously when it all came down, the timing of it being right before TakeOver on WrestleMania weekend and all that, it’s a tough pill to swallow.
You eventually get over it. You have to move past it. It’s been the best-case scenario neck surgery that I think I could have drawn up as far as the procedure being done, Dr. Cordover in Birmingham, Alabama."