If you’re expecting to see Tommaso Ciampa as an active member of the Raw or SmackDown roster one day, don’t hold your breath … because he says it’s never going to happen.
Ciampa was interviewed on the latest episode of Lilian Garcia’s Chasing Glory podcast where he talked about telling WWE officials he’s not willing to move from NXT.
“Before, I just didn’t want to because I really believed in NXT and wanted to ride it. I wanted to see how far we could take it. Now it’s hit a whole different level of … there is that, but I have a little one at home and my schedule is better in NXT than it would be on the road,” Tommaso explained.
Adding, “I had neck surgery and I’m not freaking stupid. I get that my window is smaller than it was and my bump card is ticking. I just look at like, if I’m doing 200 plus dates a year on the road with Raw or SmackDown OR I’m doing a manageable load of 30 to 50 matches with NXT – I can do 4 years of that in the time that I do 1 year on Raw or SmackDown. So how long can my career and portfolio grow HERE as opposed to going there.”
Tommaso also says he’s told WWE officials he’ll retire from in-ring competition if they attempt to force him to move to either or Raw and SmackDown.
“I legitimately vocalized to them, if I have to go to Raw or SmackDown then I’m gonna retire. I would love to produce or coach or be apart of it, but there’s no way I’m taking on that load and going, ‘yeah, I’ll just have a 6-month run and then call it quits.’ I just won’t do that. It’s not worth it to me.”
Listen to the full interview below.