Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano were officially signed to WWE NXT this week, according to PWInsider. The two have been working on limited deals for several months now. They worked a match at the NXT TV tapings during Axxess today.
Backstage News On Johnny Gargano And Tommaso Ciampa's WWE NXT Deals, Second-Guessing In NXT
By Marc Middleton | April 03, 2016
As noted, Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano are now officially signed to WWE NXT after working for the company for several months.
Gargano and Ciampa are actually signed to WWE NXT touring contracts, not regular WWE developmental deals, according to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio. They won't be based in Orlando and won't be required to work out at the WWE Performance Center but they can't work indies either. Meltzer speculated that Bobby Roode will be offered a similar deal while Kota Ibushi could end up with a regular deal like the one Shinsuke Nakamura has, but likely not for as much money.
On a related note, apparently there has been some second-guessing in regards to why experienced talents like Rich Swann and Christopher Girard (Biff Busick) are doing developmental tasks like drills and ring crew work. This may have something to do with the type of deals Gargano and Ciampa signed. Some could make the same argument for an experienced talent like Manny Andrade, the former La Sombra, but he still has to learn the US style of wrestling at the Performance Center.
We noted yesterday that WWE NXT Superstar Johnny Gargano was announced for two EVOLVE events in May, one in a match against former partner and current TNA World Heavyweight Champion Drew Galloway. Gargano recently signed a unique "touring contract" with NXT that would keep him off the indies, except for WWN Live related events, as was indicated by the EVOLVE bookings. In an update, Gargano noted on his Facebook page that he still has indie dates to work as he's headed to the UK next month. He also said he's available for a few appearances throughout April, May and into June, by booking JohnnyGargano@hotmail.com. It was reported by multiple sources that Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa signed contracts during WrestleMania 32 Week but it's interesting that they are still able to take dates.