Former NXT Champion Tomasso Ciampa was forced to relinquish his NXT title which he held for 237 days as a result of an injury to his neck. Ciampa underwent surgery for the same 18 weeks ago, but a timeline for his return is yet to be established.
The member of DIY asserted that he is not interested in heading over to RAW or SmackDown with his eyes set on the NXT brand. The injured star said:
“I don’t know if people think I’m going to Raw or SmackDown, but here’s a spoiler, I’m not,” Ciampa said. “I’m going to NXT. If someone tells me anything else, I’m answering them with a no. I bleed black and gold. NXT is home. And I have unfinished business there.”
Moreover, the former champion went on to mention his plans when he returns to the NXT. Ciampa also pointed out the fact that he has never lost his beloved title in the first place. He added:
“I didn’t lose the title,” Ciampa said. “Storyline or not, entertainment or not, that title meant the world to me. I was ‘The Guy’ for NXT, the hottest 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.”