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Tomasso Ciampa Reveals When His Neck Injury Happened, Talks Missing NXT Takeover

April 14, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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– Tomasso Ciampa appeared on E&C’s Pod of Awesomeness and discussed his recent neck injury, having to miss WrestleMania for it and more. Highlights are below:

On when he started feeling like there was something wrong: “Like, fourteen years ago. [laughs] To be honest, there was — because everyone asks, is it a bump? And there’s no one bump, but if there was a point in time where I ever felt a neck thing, it was taking a high-low in like 2006. And I won’t even say who from, because it feels like you put the guilt on them. But it was a high-low that I took in 2006 where I remember distinctly landing [on his] high neck. I was doing a dark [match] or something like that for WWE at the time. And I think I’ve told the story once before, but it was the first time I met Shawn and the first time I met Mick Foley, and it was really weird because I came back from the match and first Foley came over to me. And Foley of all people, he’s like, ‘Jesus Christ, that’s the worst bump I’ve ever seen in my life!’ And I was with Kofi at the time, because him and I were tagging in the match. And I remember just being like, when he walked away, ‘Wait. What just happened? How is that the worst bump he’s seen?’ I’ve seen the footage of it, but I landed high on my head. And then Shawn came over to me like twenty minutes later and is like ‘Hey. I need you to be honest with me. We’re going to a program with those guys. Are they safe?’ And completely bald-face lied straight to his face, ‘No, I didn’t even feel the bump, man!’ But when I took the bump I had that weird sensation of losing feeling. So that, I guess, was the start of it, if there was a start.”

On aggravating the injury: “But it got real bad after I came back from the surgeries. I’d started getting — so I came back last ‘Mania. And somewhere a couple months into that, I started getting stingers constantly. I always got them down my left arm. And in December at a live event, I got one down my right arm, and from that point on, something happened clearly, because it was just like every match.”

On missing WrestleMania: “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 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 like, ‘Anytime you miss a big show, the next big show is around the corner. You miss WrestleMania, there’s another WrestleMania coming.’ 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. A piece of me was like, ‘Well, 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. I guess we’ll just see.”

If you use any of the quotes in this article, please credit E&C’s Pod of Awesomeness with a h/t to 411mania.com for the transcription.