AEW President Tony Khan has addressed the length of Claudio Castagnoli’s deal with the company.
At AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door, the former Cesaro made his debut with All Elite Wrestling as the handpicked replacement of Bryan Danielson in a win over Zack Sabre Jr.
Claudio Castagnoli also officially joined the Blackpool Combat Club. He then teamed with his stablemates Jon Moxley and Wheeler Yuta as well as Santana, Ortiz and Eddie Kingston in the Blood and Guts Match against The Jericho Appreciation Society on last Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite.
On his weekly appearance on Busted Open Radio, Tony Khan addressed the length of Claudio’s contract with AEW.
In regards to Castagnoli’s deal, he said:
“This is a long-term thing. This is a long-term, multi-year agreement, and I’m very excited about it. I think there’s a huge future for Claudio Castagnoli here [in AEW]. I cannot wait for that, and I was just thrilled he came in. The timing of his arrival could not have been any better, with Bryan Danielson out injured ahead of Forbidden Door and Blood & Guts. I felt, and Bryan Danielson also felt, there was only one wrestler we believed that could step in and fill Bryan Danielson’s shoes, particularly in two very different matches, but both hugely important [matches].
Khan continued on to discuss what he thought about Castagnoli’s first two matches in the promotion, saying:
“Bryan Danielson was going to go one-on-one with Zack Sabre Jr., and it was Claudio that stepped up and had that match, which was a great, great match. It turned into a great debut for Claudio in AEW. And then he stepped up again, leading off the Blood & Guts two-ring cage match last week on Dynamite. Huge thanks to Claudio; he was the first person in the Blackpool Combat Club to get in that double cage. He fought the whole way through and he pulled out the win in the end. I think that’s emblematic of how hugely important Claudio’s going to be in AEW going forward.”
Claudio Castagnoli is not currently scheduled for tonight’s AEW Dynamite, but his Blackpool Combat Club teammate Jon Moxley will defend the Interim AEW World Championship against Brody King on the show.
Keep track of Moxley’s win-loss record in 2022 (for televised matches) at this link.
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