News that Tommaso Ciampa had suffered a significant neck injury hit like an Andy Ruiz Jr. left hook earlier this year, with the then-NXT Champion not only ruled out of his big, feud-ending match with Johnny Gargano at TakeOver: New York, but his long-term wrestling future placed in jeopardy as well.
It is with great relief, then, that Triple H has now confirmed that Ciampa is ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation.
"'Cleared for contact' means you can't do anything in this business," he said during a post-NXT TakeOver media call. "He's ahead of schedule and doing extremely well. Ahead of schedule on all of it and moving along."
Regardless, it sounds like the 34-year-old is still a long way from making it back to the ring. "With the type of injury he had, and the type of surgery he had, especially in this from a physicality standpoint, you're not doing anything until you're 100%," Hunter said. "It's not like you can go in there and lightly take suplexes. So, he's still got a ways to go, but he's way ahead of the curve and schedule."
Encouraging news nonetheless. Let's hope that Ciampa mounts a full recovery.
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