On February 16th, at NXT TakeOver: Portland, Tommaso Ciampa faced Adam Cole for the NXT Championship but was defeated, also due to the intervention of Johnny Gargano against Ciampa himself. In the NXT episode of February 26th Ciampa defeated Austin Theory.
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). Speaking to Sportskeeda, the NXT superstar explained why TV ratings matter: “It makes it a little bit more fun.
It brings that competitive edge out. I mean have friends over there and I also have people over there I’ve never met or ever shared a ring with. It’s awesome to see, you know, everyone just elevating their game. Everyone just wants it.
I don’t know if people say ratings don’t matter… they sure as Hell matter. Like, you want to win”.