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Tommaso Ciampa says he’s willing to retire instead of going to WWE Raw or SmackDown

Former WWE NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa made an appearance on Lillian Garcia’s podcast where he talked about the lack of desire to go to the big two brands in WWE – Raw and SmackDown. 

Ciampa has voiced his take before and doubled down on it yet again as he says he won’t go to the main roster. The reason for that is due to him strongly believing in NXT and wanting to ride it out to see where they can take the brand. 

Another part of him not wanting to make it to the main roster comes from a very smart point of view. Ciampa suffered a neck injury earlier this year that resulted in him getting surgery. He knows he’ll work a much-reduced number of matches each year in NXT compared to being on the road for over 200 days a year on Raw or SmackDown.

He understands that he has a bump card ticking, which he knows that if he can work a reduced schedule in NXT then he can extend his career instead of wasting those bumps on the main roster at live events. 

“So I could do four years of that in the time that I do that in one year in Raw and SmackDown so how long can my career and portfolio grow here as opposed to growing there?”

Ciampa added, “Now, it’s become a thing where I’ve legitimately vocalized to them like, ‘If I have to go to Raw or SmackDown, then I’m gonna retire and I would love to produce or coach or be a part of it. There’s no way I taking on that load and going, ‘Yeah, you know what? I’ll just have a six-month run and then call it quits.’ I just won’t do it, It’s just not worth it to me.”

You can listen to the entire interview by clicking on the player below:


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