Former WWE NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa joined the State of Combat podcast where he spoke about a wide range of topics.
During the interview, he was asked why he thinks himself and Johnny Gargano were called up to the main roster despite being in a feud with each other in NXT.
These two stars have a lot of history as they made their NXT debuts in 2015 as part of the tag team DIY before being split up and feuding with each other.
Back in February, WWE called up several NXT stars up to the main roster where they worked on both Raw and SmackDown including Ciampa, Gargano, Ricochet, and Aleister Black. However, Ciampa went down with a neck injury shortly thereafter and Gargano was sent back down to NXT.
Ciampa feels that it all comes down to the company needing them to fill spots on the roster at the time, which was dealing with several stars being injured.
“As far as Ricochet, Aleister (Black), myself and Johnny Gargano being on the main roster, there wasn’t a lot of explanation, to be honest with you,” Ciampa explained. “Sometimes, there are spots that need to be filled and you just have to be at the right spot at the right time or the wrong spot and the wrong time, whatever it may be and it just so happened that this scenario for us it was one of those things where NXT was not on television at the time and we were heading into WrestleMania weekend and that sprint during WrestleMania season is insane in WWE. I think that they just needed spots filled and thought it was a good opportunity to get more eyes on our product, us four in particular, going into one of our biggest pay per views
“I don’t know how it fell into the NXT storyline or didn’t. I have confidence that it would have all played out so that people… because I did see some negative backlash where Johnny and I were in a feud and here we are coming in as a tag-team, DIY at the time, Johnny and I were not in such a bitter rivalry, we were kind of starting to get on the same page, I don’t know. Maybe it would have played out a certain way, I think it would have. I kind of trust the process here, but yeah, I don’t ask a lot of questions, I just go out and do my job and at that time my job was to show up and perform on Raw and perform on SmackDown and do my job.”
Ciampa will team up with Donovan Dijak and Keith Lee to take on The Undisputed Era in a WarGames Match later this month at the NXT TakeOver special.
H/T to Wrestling Inc for the transcription