Tommaso Ciampa Opens Up About Recent Absence From NXT TV

Is Tommaso Ciampa left without a creative direction on NXT TV? The former NXT Champion is dealing with a new false narrative.

While venting his frustrations in a new Instagram post on Saturday, Ciampa revealed that he’s missing “2018 Ciampa” when he was reigning as NXT Champion. Despite being off of TV since his loss to Karrion Kross at TakeOver: In Your House, Ciampa is healthy and ready for whatever is next.

You can view his post below:

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Photo shared by @instawrestlingfans__ 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 returned from neck injury in October 2019 just in time for NXT’s move to USA Network. From there, Ciampa remained in the main event picture for several months while feuding with Adam Cole and Johnny Gargano.

Following his loss to Karrion Kross, Tommaso Ciampa has been rumored for a possible feud with Randy Orton. With Orton penciled in to face Drew McIntyre at SummerSlam, it remains to be seen what’s in store for one of NXT’s top stars.