Tommaso Ciampa Talks Wrestling Pete Dunne At Madison Square Garden

Tommaso Ciampa did an interview with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated following his match with Pete Dunne after Sunday’s WWE house show at Madison Square Garden. This was done as a late-minute addition due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the company. Here are the highlights:

The match:

“Any time I get asked to do the Garden, I’ll always say yes,” said Ciampa. “So many legendary performers have played here. It means a lot to share a piece of that history and it means a lot to represent NXT against Pete Dunne.”

The arena:

“Stepping through the curtain, I immediately thought about Reggie Miller coming in here and playing the Knicks, scoring eight points in nine seconds [in the 1995 NBA playoffs],” said Ciampa, who has played the role of instigator and agitator in NXT just like Miller did with the Indiana Pacers. “I’m a huge Boston sports fan, so I thought about games between the Celtics and Knicks. It’s just amazing to be at Madison Square Garden.”

Pete Dunne:

“Pete Dunne is one of the best professional wrestlers in the world,” said Ciampa. “This was only our second time ever wrestling a singles match, with the first being for his UK title in England. It’s a pleasure to share a ring with him. He’s a world-class person in and out of the ring.”