During a recent appearance on the “After the Bell with Corey Graves” podcast, WWE Superstar Kevin Owens commented on Tommaso Ciampa recently being called up to the main WWE roster, the crowd reaction Ciampa received when he came out to the ring, and more.
You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:
On Tommaso Ciampa being called up to RAW: “I asked him every week, ‘Are you called up, are you called up?’ He goes, ‘I don’t know, I don’t know.’ Then I finally was eventually told this is what’s gonna happen, you’re gonna have this thing on Raw with Tommaso once he’s officially called up. I go, ‘That’s great.’ He’s been around for several weeks now, but yeah, he and I go way back. He’s been one of my closest friends in wrestling for a very long time.”
On the crowd reaction to Ciampa: “It’s funny because I was just talking to Bruce Prichard on Monday about him. Most people probably don’t even get the chance to watch Main Event, but Main Event every week has incredible matches that people should go out of their way to watch. I feel like it’s been building for a while. Tommaso was working on Main Event almost every week. He has NXT exposure, obviously, but when you go out in that arena for Raw, sometimes 70 percent of the audience – they know what NXT is, but they don’t really pay attention to it. So, they don’t know who this guy is. On Monday, he came out to a huge reaction. He’s having matches and people are getting behind him so much. I was telling Bruce that this is special. Not everybody gets to come up with that way with no fanfare, no real machine behind him. Just put him out there and see what happens. Crowds are really responding to him [very organically], so that’s really cool too. That’s not something that happens for everybody so quick.”
(h/t – 411 Wrestling)