Claudio Castagnoli finally arrived in All Elite Wrestling back at the AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door event, when he subbed in as Bryan Danielson’s replacement against Zack Sabre Jr, and named as the newest member of the Blackpool Combat Club.
Since Claudio’s arrival in AEW, he has featured in a variety of wrestling matches, from Blood & Guts and Casino Ladder Matches to ROH Championship matches on PPV, Claudio has faced both new blood, as well as former names from his past.
Claudio was a recent guest on the Kurt Angle Show, where he was asked about which members of the AEW roster he is most hoping to step into the ring with one day. Claudio was overwhelmed by the question, naming many of the stars he’s previously shared a locker room with, to some of the newer rising stars in the company.
“Daniel Garcia and Wheeler Yuta are definitely on my list. Yuta, obviously, less so because we’re both in the Blackpool Combat Club together, so maybe teaming up with him. Oh my God, the Lucha Brothers. they’re both amazing. I was in a Ladder Match with them. Then there’s Andrade and RUSH, who are both amazing stars. I haven’t wrestled The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega in a long time. So, of course, I think that will be on a lot of people’s lists. I haven’t had a match with Chris Jericho that was like — I’ve faced him a lot on live events and maybe one or two TV matches but they were not very long, so that will be something else. There’s a bunch of younger kids that I would definitely like to get in the ring with, Dante Martin, for example.”
Claudio also named Wardlow and Orange Cassidy as potential opponents, citing Cassidy as someone he has known for a long time that he thinks he could have a fun match with.
He then went on to speak about another AEW star he has known for a long time, Miro, and how he has completely reinvented himself since his run in WWE.
“Miro, I mean, the transformation that he made is absolutely awesome. The Redeemer, it’s amazing. Every time I walk in the locker room, I’m like, ‘Okay, there’s another bunch —’ you know, MJF, there’s John Silver, who a lot of people say is kind of like the mini-me. So there are just so many people there that I want to be in the ring with and that’s one of the big reasons why I picked AEW. Sorry, Kurt, I didn’t give you one, I think I gave you almost the whole roster,”
Claudio defended his ROH World Championship in a great match with Dax Harwood in the main event of last night’s AEW Rampage show.
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