WWE released Cezar Bononi, a man once voted NXT Future Superstar of 2018, from his NXT contract on April 15th. That ended his time with a company that didn’t pay him very well and they refused to help him get his Green Card which would have helped his family immensely. Now he is making appearances for AEW, and it is a totally different world.

Cezar Bononi spoke to Dan Matha’s ‘Spark In The Dark’ podcast, and Bononi admitted that he didn’t know how to act in AEW at first. Shawn Spears helped him get his foot in the door, but once he was there he didn’t know how to behave in that environment.

He was used to WWE NXT where things are apparently much different. He was eventually told to “relax” because everyone is cool. He wasn’t in “the other place” anymore. The fact that Tony Khan knew who he was and called Cezar by name was also a breath of fresh air.

“Whenever I got my papers, first thing, just hit up Tye Dillinger, Ronnie and he got me in contact with the guys from AEW, they invited me over, I went there. They treated me so good, different environment that I had no idea how to behave. I was like [how] I was in the WWE. Looking, not much looking people in the eyes, I had no idea what to do until one point, one of the refs just came to me and said, ‘Look, you’re not at the other place anymore. Just relax, talk to people, everybody’s cool’ and it’s true. Everybody’s cool, everybody [will] talk to you. Tony Khan called me by my name from far away, ‘Hey Cezar! How are you?’ And I was… like such a different environment.”


We’ll have to see what the future holds for AEW and Cezar Bononi. AEW has a loaded roster already, but there could be room for the big Brazilian on their payroll. He seems to be very happy working whatever dates he can for the company after obviously enjoying his previous experiences.

Thanks to Post Wrestling for the quote

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