Tommaso Ciampa sat down with Inside the Ropes ahead of his upcoming match against Karrion Kross at NXT "Takeover: In Your House" this Sunday. The PPV has been teased by Triple H as a way to bring back the old PPV but in a modern NXT style. Ciampa gave a tease of the set and whether old fans can get their hopes up for the set.
"I think it is fair to get your hopes up. I've got my hopes up," Ciampa admitted. "It's the first question I asked if I'm honest with you. The one thing I'm hoping for on top of that is to see a Todd Pettengill sighting at some point. I don't know on that one, I'm just keeping my fingers crossed.
"I've heard promising things on the set. I don't know if that means the old set or a renewed version of it. I know that everybody understands how excited the fanbase is for In Your House. It's one of those weird ones right? It just stuck with all of us. Yeah, I think everyone's gonna be happy with what's been produced."
"Edge was like in my back pocket the whole time," Ciampa revealed. "I don't know when exactly it started, I think it was just after New Orleans but he came down to the Performance Center and we got chatting then he told a bunch of us if we wanted to throw ideas at him, you know he gave us his phone number or his email address or whatever it was and I just took him up on it.
"I think it was shortly after I won the title I started sending him kinda my thought process or my outline and ask him 'hey am I missing anything? Is there anything you'd embellish?' He kinda became my sounding board as far as prepping to go into matches. How do I make sure I get booed and not get cheered. He's got such a great mind for wrestling. I think it'd be great if he one day took on a role like Shawn Michaels has now in NXT."
Ciampa also talked about how Edge helped him when he was changing his character from a heel to a babyface. He explained how he was able to maintain his character without any dramatic changes when he was transitioning from heel to babyface.
"I think real life assisted me," Ciampa stated. "Having the neck injury and having it be public and having people follow me around for the documentary and in the process I went from a villain who really kept the curtain closed from the fans where I'd be Tommaso Ciampa at all times, on social media and stuff to 'oh wait he's got a wife and a kid and his career almost ended' So I think real life just came in and intercepted and kinda did the work for me. Edge was a big factor there too.
"I remember when I was returning and asking him if he had any advice and his biggest piece of advice was 'You don't change a thing. You can evolve but the second you walk out the curtain for the first time, the person remember and the person they've missed, you gotta give them that person, not a new version of that person' I held that close to my heart from that day for months and I think even now I don't think I've changed all that much. There's that part of you as a performer that when you're told you're gonna be a fan favorite, you think 'Oh man, I better smile more and be kinder, let the people in more' I kinda had to fight all those instincts and just be like 'No, no no, you're gonna walk at the same pace, do everything with the same cadence, do everything the same."