Claudio Castagnoli made his AEW debut at the recent AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door event. The former Cesaro got a huge reaction and has already become a huge part of the Blackpool Combat Club. The Swiss Superman couldn’t think of a better way to start his AEW run.

At Forbidden Door, Claudio filled in for Bryan Danielson and went on to defeat Zack Sabre Jr. He then went on to make Matt Menard tap out in the brutal Blood and Guts match. Up next is a date with Ring of Honor champion Jonathan Gresham at Death Before Dishonor with the title on the line.

NBC Sports Boston recently caught up with Claudio Castagnoli. He spoke about how his debut with AEW went. Claudio couldn’t be happier with the way things have progressed.

“I reached out to them, and it fell into place when the time was right, which is how the best things happen. When it happens organically. That’s what ended up happening. I knew where I would like to end up in my career and it happened in a way…I don’t think I could have hoped or written a better way to start.


I had been following AEW for a while and when it came time for me to take a step back and look, I felt I was a better fit at AEW and there was a lot more to do at AEW when it comes to challenges. People I want to work with. There are so many people there that I haven’t wrestled at all or in a very long time. That’s what I want to do and would have fun doing. I always felt, whenever it was time to move on, I moved on. It was the same as before, when I was in Ring of Honor, I felt like, ‘Now it’s time to make the step to WWE,’ and that’s what I did. I felt now, it was time to make the next step. I did and I’m very happy I did.”

The build to Claudio Castagnoli’s matchup with Gresham has been filled with references to the fact that he has never won a world title. That could all change on Saturday night. ROH Death Before Dishonor kicks off at 8 PM on Bleacher Report and all major cable and satellite providers.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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