NXT regulars/independent wrestlers Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa have signed with NXT, PWTorch has independently confirmed. The Wrestling Observer and PWInsider originally reported the news.
Gargano and Ciampa were introduced at essentially “Tier 3 status” working NXT TV tapings and road show dates here and there mixed with their regular independent bookings.
After signing deals, Gargano and Ciampa are now at “Tier 2 status,” similar to Samoa Joe when he signed with WWE in 2015, setting in motion a new type of working agreement with independent wrestlers in a WWE setting.
Joe has since advanced to “Tier 1 status” where he has a regular WWE deal and does not work independent dates. At “Tier 2,” Gargano and Ciampa can still work indies dates along with their now-regular NXT bookings.