Earlier this month, he had to relinquish the WWE NXT Title due to him undergoing neck surgery. The top heel on the yellow brand had a brief run with the main roster on Monday Night Raw before being sidelined.
Ciampa was expected to make his next title defense against former DIY tag team partner Johnny Gargano at the NXT TakeOver: New York event but those plans were scrapped and WWE had to make a change to the main event.
Triple H talked about what was known about Ciampa’s injury prior to his debut while speaking with the media during a conference call on Thursday to promote the NXT TakeOver: New York event.
“We knew about it. We knew it was going to be a necessity going forward,” admitted Triple H. “The decision was still made to move him to the main roster and get him some exposure. Then he’ll take the time off, get fixed up and be back better than ever. Unfortunately with the type of injury he had, it went from one thing to another very rapidly. It changed from something being manageable to being a risk we’re not willing to take.”
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