Former WWE NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa was supposed to make his next title defense against Johnny Gargano at the NXT TakeOver: New York event but once he had to relinquish the WWE NXT Title after undergoing neck surgery, he’ll be watching the show from home.
He shared the following on his official Twitter account about what doctors told him if he returns to the ring from surgery:
“In May of 2017 they told me that no one has ever had 3 major surgeries in a 12 week span and returned at a competitive level. I returned to the most successful run of my career. This week I should be preparing to walk into the main event of Takeover New York on Wrestlemania weekend as the NXT Champion. This match meant more to me than anyone will ever understand. The opportunity was taken away from me. In March of 2019 they told me that if I return then I will be on borrowed time.To be continued.”
— CIAMPA (@ProjectCiampa) April 1, 2019