Tommaso Ciampa Comments On Previous WWE Developmental Release, WWE Smackdown Live Social Media Rankings, Ric Flair Appearance

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Tommaso Ciampa 

Current NXT star and WWE Cruiserweight Classic participant Tommaso Ciampa posted the following on Facebook, remembering his release from WWE developmental territory OVW and his journey back to WWE: 

9 years ago today, I was released from my developmental contract in OVW. I was told, “go find yourself, get over, and then come back.” 

I would not trade my journey for anything. My story is one filled with mistakes, failures, missed opportunity, disappointment, regret, and criticism. 

For the average person, there are no secrets to succeeding in this business. Work hard. Be persistent. Remain humble. But maybe more so than anything else…stick around long enough and eat enough sh*t to develop a warranted chip on your shoulder…then strip down the imaginary barriers, believe in yourself, and have the courage to bet on yourself. 

As a child my mom and dad told me that I could be whatever I want to be when I grow up…I guess they were right.

WWE Smackdown Live Social Media Rankings

According to, this week’s WWE Smackdown Live saw the show bring in 76,000 uniques, which is the number of accounts with “original content related to a linear TV episode or engaged with that content.”

Additionally, Smackdown also had 154,000 total interactions, which is the number of posts related to a specific TV episode and the engagement of that content. As noted with this week’s RAW numbers, Nielsen is using new parameters to gauge social media activity which includes both Facebook and Twitter. This week’s Smackdown numbers above broke down as follows: 

  • Facebook: 60,000 uniques / 93,000 interactions 
  • Twitter: 15,000 uniques / 61,000 interactions

Smackdown was the second highest rated show in the ‘series and specials’ category for the night, coming in behind ‘Pretty Little Liars’ on Freeform (formerly ABC Family)

Ric Flair Appearance

WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair will be appearing at Nickel City Con this Sunday at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center in Buffalo, NY from 11am – 3:30pm EST.

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