Speculation persists about Tommaso Ciampa potentially heading to WWE’s main roster after he sported a new updated look on his first appearance on Main Event.
While nothing is for certain, especially in professional wrestling and WWE in particular, rumours continue to swirl around a potential main roster call-up for former NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa.
Against a backdrop of near unprecedented change in NXT 2.0, Ciampa and Pete Dunne, two stalwarts of the old guard, recently had a dark match ahead of an episode of SmackDown. This match was followed by a clash with T-Bar on Main Event, while Dunne also recently appeared on the show.
To add further fuel to the speculation, Ciampa appeared on Main Event with his beard dyed back to something which resembled it’s younger darker colour. A significant change from the grey and grizzled look, Ciampa had been using on NXT for a number of months.
It was famously reported that WWE asked Kevin Nash to dye his hair and his beard for his return in 2011 to hide the fact that he had gone grey.
Tommasso Ciampa without the grey in the beard on WWE Main Event pic.twitter.com/9T9DkuLG32
— Wrestling News (@WrestlingNewsCo) January 14, 2022
Tommaso Ciampa had a brief dalliance with the main roster back in the spring of 2019 when he, Gargano, Ricochet, and Aleister Black all graduated to Raw and SmackDown. Ciampa’s time on the main roster on that occasion was short as just weeks later he had to undergo neck surgery.
In September 2021, WWE began a significant overhaul of NXT and it’s entire developmental system which led to the creation of NXT 2.0. During the weeks and months that followed, WWE released a number of NXT Superstars and backstage figures making way for a raft of new talents.
It was a move that led to the introduction of Bron Breakker who defeated Ciampa for the NXT Championship at NXT New Year’s Evil. Furthermore, Breakker smashed through a giant ‘X’ during his entrance, symbolising the end of the previous NXT era.
The changing of the guard appeared to near completion just days later with long-term WWE and NXT figures including William Regal and Road Dogg being released.