WWE announced today Tommaso Ciampa will be appearing on tonight's NXT TakeOver: XXV Pre-Show (6:30 pm ET). This is his first appearance on the WWE Network since celebrating with Johnny Gargano after he won the vacant NXT Championship at TakeOver: New York in April.

Ciampa was forced to relinquish the title after undergoing neck surgery in March. Ciampa's timetable for a return is nine months to a year.

Below is WWE's full announcement.

Before tonight's NXT TakeOver: XXV, tune in to WWE Network at 6:30 ET/3:30 PT to watch the TakeOver Pre-Show, featuring former NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa!

Tonight will mark Ciampa's first appearance on WWE Network since he joined former #DIY teammate Johnny Gargano in celebration after Gargano's NXT Title triumph at TakeOver: New York. Ciampa relinquished the NXT Championship in March due to a neck injury and has been out of action ever since.

Additionally, tonight's Pre-Show will feature expert analysis from panelists Charly Caruso, Sam Roberts and Pat McAfee, as well as backstage interviews with NXT Superstars in the final minutes before TakeOver: XXV.

The TakeOver Pre-Show will be available to watch on WWE Network, as well as WWE.com, the WWE App, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Then, be sure to stay tuned for the blockbuster night of action itself when NXT TakeOver: XXV streams live at 7 ET/4 PT, exclusively on the award-winning WWE Network.