Claudio Castagnoli played a huge role at AEW x NJPW: Forbidden Door. He became Bryan Danielson’s replacement after the American Dragon was forced to sit out the show due to injury. As Claudio begins his run in AEW, the Swiss Superman is looking back at his WWE career with a bit of gratitude.

Speaking to Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated, Claudio said he was grateful for his work during his tenure at WWE. He mentioned that he needed to take a mental break before jumping into a new promotion after his departure.

All the memories, they matter. I’m grateful for everything I have accomplished and I’m grateful for all those opportunities. And they make me work so much harder to get where I want to be. Once I left, I knew what I wanted and where I wanted to go, I just didn’t know if it would happen. That was also time for me to take a break mentally, recharge, and come back better. My goal is always to be better than I was yesterday, to be better tomorrow than I am today. I want to be even better now than people remember.

Claudio opted not to bash his former employer despite never reaching the heights many fans wanted him to while working there. His final televised match with the company was against Happy Corbin, where he lost in four minutes. Thankfully for Claudio, all the trials and tribulations of his WWE run are behind him, and he can now focus on climbing up the ranks in AEW.

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Joshua Jones

Joshua Jones is a writer for both Thirsty for News and Ringside News. He's been a wrestling fan since 2004 and has always tuned into Monday Night Raw.

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