Tommaso Ciampa was forced to vacate the NXT Championship after undergoing neck surgery just a few days before WWE Fastlane.
Ciampa, who is already on the road to recovery and eyeing an immediate in-ring return, recently appeared on E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness during which he talked about missing in what would have been the biggest moment of his career at NXT TakeOver: New York.
“Big shows happen. Like I’m pretty good buddies with Tegan Nox and she’s one of the ones I talk to a lot about it because just when she came back and got hurt again, the evolution is going on right now and the woman’s empowerment and everything is happening and she’s missing a lot of stuff, and I always say to her, ‘Anytime you miss a big show, the next big show is around the corner. You miss WrestleMania, there’s another WrestleMania coming’, and the tough thing for me — this one specifically was, going into New York, NXT Champion, main-eventing, it’s WrestleMania weekend and we’re blowing off this four year program and it’s hard for me sometimes to think there is a next one that’s bigger.”
Blackheart also wondered whether he would be able to perform at the same level as he earlier did prior to the surgery and if he can take on WWE’s hectic road schedule on return.
A piece of me was like, ‘Maybe this is the biggest one’. So that has been the hardest part of this whole process for me is wrapping my mind around, ‘Will there be a bigger one?’ And ‘Will you fully recover and perform at the level you performed at before’ because I think I’ll fully recover. There’s no doubt in my mind I’ll live a happy life with my daughter and my wife and all that. It’s just, can I do that and take on the road schedule and the physicality of wrestling so that’s been a really hard part for me to wrap my mind around.”
Thanks to Fightful for the transcriptions