NXT superstar Tommaso Ciampa was a recent guest on Pro Wrestling Sheet to talk all things pro wrestling. Highlights from the interview can be found below.
On In Your House returning for NXT Takeover:
When I was a kid there were four pay-per-views. There were three-month builds and stories. I just loved it. And then ‘In Your House’ entered and I was in the midst of all my fandom and stuff,” he told us. “I think, when I heard [the announcement], I was like ‘oh man, I hope they bring back the graphics and the set.’ And then fans made graphics and I was like ‘oh, that’s awesome!’ And then NXT did the same and I was like ‘whoa, they get it, yeah!’ I don’t know what that means as far as the set goes. Fingers crossed I show up that day and the house thing is there.
How In Your House brings out his inner fan:
My favorite part is that it definitely brings back the inner fan. That’s really hard as a performer, you know sixteen years, or whatever it’s been. It’s hard sometimes to keep in touch with that. There’s something about ‘In Your House’ that really, really brings it out.
Facing Karrion Kross at Takeover:
He’s very big. There’s a lot of him that reminds me of AOP. That didn’t end so well for me,” he says with a smile. “Something comes along with being the guy who becomes the test for people. I feel like that’s the position I’m in in this one. Not to say it will happen like this, but you have the match and people say ‘hey, how’d he do?’ It feels a lot like that. Man, is he big. He’s big! You know how some people say they’re strong? He’s strong. There’s a moment, if you watch the promo back [from last week’s episode of NXT], I don’t know exactly the wording that I chose, but I wanted to say ‘I wanted to come out here and look you eye-to-eye,’ but I think I just said ‘I want to come out and look you in the eyes’ because I’m like, I’m not eye-to-eye with you. I’m like eye-to-chest or eye-to-chin,” Ciampa adds. “I don’t want to go into all that, but that’s the thought process that I had while I’m speaking, like ‘what the hell’s going on up there?’ He definitely knows that it’s raining before I do.
Understanding his current spot on the card:
You can only be the main event until you’re not. Roman [Reigns] can’t be the main event of twenty straight WrestleManias. You got to pick and choose your moments,” he said. “I got to do cool stuff with Adam [Cole] and Johnny [Gargano] and now I’m doing this thing with Karrion Kross. But I know the best version of me is the version we got to see in 2018. I don’t know if Karrion Kross somehow gets me back to that. I want to do it just as bad as I think people want to see me do it. It’s just a matter of waiting and biding my time …
Full interview is below.