EAST COAST WRESTLING ASSOCIATION, Vorhees, New Jersey–For the past two years, Tommaso Ciampa has dedicated himself to winning the East Coast Wrestling Association’s annual Super 8 tournament. Unfortunately, with losses to Nick Logan (2008) and Austin “Consequences” Creed (2009), he has done nothing but come up short. This year … could a change of scenery to Vorhees, New Jersey be just the change needed to get him over the hump and land him the prestigious Super 8 trophy held by men such as Creed, “Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels, Low-Ki, Davey Richards, and Jerry Lynn in years past? And, with that, could he follow Creed’s footsteps by parlaying a Super 8 win into a major-league contract with WWE (or TNA)?
For the first time in the fifteen-year history of Super 8, the tournament will NOT be taking place in Delaware. New ECWA owner Mike Tartaglia has made the call to shift the tournament to a new location–The Flyers Skate Zone in Vorhees, New Jersey–so the show can be more accessible to ADDITIONAL East Coast fans in New England, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, while still being being close to Delaware. Either way, it will make this year’s Super 8 tournament more centrally located than ever before.
Little else is known right now about this year’s version of the tournament, which has–in years past–helped propel the careers of dozens of individuals into the spotlight of WWE, TNA, and ROH.
Despite this massive unknown, Ciampa is not afraid, and was quick to sign the dotted line and agree to be the first man to try his luck with this year’s field. On this week’s edition of IN THE ROOM with Brady Hicks on thebradyhicks.com, Ciampa proudly proclaimed, “I’ve been around this sport for a lot of years, and I feel like this could be the year when it all finally starts to come together for me. Professionally, the last few years competing at Super 8 have been … disappointing to say the least. Still, I have to look at the competition and say ‘You know, I’ve been in it two years and made the finals both times. I must be doing something right. I’m just looking forward to 2011 being the year i can finally put it all together’.”
Could the 2011 Super 8 tournament in Vorhees, New Jersey be the venue when Project Ciampa FINALLY puts it all together and goes all the way? And if he does, how long could it really be before WWE, TNA, and/or ROH come calling with a full-time contract?
Tune in each week to the IN THE ROOM podcast on thebradyhicks.com, as a new member of the 2011 Super 8 class is announced. For more information on Super 8, keep checking back at ecwaprowrestling.com and thebradyhicks.com. For more information on Tommaso Ciampa, please visit youtube.com/projectciampa (includes matches and promos), facebook.com/tommasociampa, and myspace.com/tommasowrestling.
Weight: 199 lbs
Hails From: Fighting out of Total Performance Sports (TPS) of Everett, MA
Years Pro: 6
Feuds: Spike Dudley, Jason Blade, Brian Milonas
Trained By: Killer Kowalski, Mike Hollow, Al Snow, Harley Race
Style of Wrestling: Hard-hitting intensity with a mix of submission wrestling
Finishers: Project Ciampa (power-bomb into lung blower); Modified cloverleaf submission
Titles Held: TRP Heavyweight Championship; CW Heavyweight Championship and New England Championship; MWF Television Championship; OVW Tag Championship (manager); UFO Cruiserweight Championship
Federations Worked For: WWE; OVW; ROH; DG-USA; CW; ECWA; TRP; WLW; NEW; MWF; MCW; CZW
Inspirations: “All the men and women who have paved the way and allowed me to follow my childhood dreams.”
Aspirations: “Third time is the charm – win the 2011 Super 8! I would also love the opportunity to wrestle overseas.”