Tommaso Ciampa hasn't been seen on NXT programming since losing to Karrion Kross at NXT TakeOver: In Your House, and he's more motivated than ever to return.
Taking to Instagram, Ciampa reflected on a 2018 photo of him clutching the NXT Title -- affectionately referred to as "Goldie" by Ciampa during his reign -- and how he created a false narrative in his mind to use as motivation.
Now, after weeks of not being on TV, Ciampa has created a new narrative to motivate himself for his eventual return to the gold brand.
Photo shared by @kimberlasskick This got me thinking: 1. I miss 2018 Ciampa 2. The wrestling business, like life, is full of waves. Highs and lows. One moment you feel untouchable, the next you come crashing down. Giving up the Title is definitely one of my career lows. And to be honest, damn near everything that’s happened in my career since has been a disappointment. A few glimpses of highs here and there: my face off with Adam when I returned and War Games come to mind. But lots of lows: the chase to reclaim Goldie, the final chapter with Johnny, and most recently my encounter with Kross. 3. Motivation is a fascinating trait. Throughout my career, I’ve often found that creating false dialogue has led to my greatest internal motivation. In 2018, I created a scenario in my head in which “nobody believed in me.” It drove me. In 2020, after weeks of being left off television (yes, I’m healthy), I find myself with a new false dialogue. “Creative has nothing for you”. Whether or not this is true really doesn’t matter. Because in my head, it’s true. In 2018, I willed my vision into existence. Well, today I have a new vision. And surprisingly enough, I’m hungrier than ever. It’s time to evolve. It’s time to catch that next wave and reach that next high.
It is unknown when Ciampa will return to television.
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