Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Get To Know An FCW Superstar: Antonio Cesaro

Hailing from Lucerne, Switzerland,  Antonio Cesaro is one the most seasoned talents to arrive in FCW from the independent circuits. Cesaro, under his actual name of Claudio Castagnoli, started his wrestling training in Switzerland before moving to England where he got an invite to perform in IWA Mid-South with his partner in the tag team Swiss Money Holding, Ares. Receiving training from Chris Hero and Mike Quackenbush, Cesaro returned to Europe eventually winning a permanent resident card from the US green card lottery.

Coming back to Chikara, Cesaro aligned himself with Larry Sweeney's Sweet and Sour International stable before forming a tag team, AC/DC, with Arik Cannon winning Chikara's 2005 Tag Team Grand Prix after Chris Hero turned on Mike Quackenbush. Forming the tag team Kings of Wrestling, Hero and Cesaro would win the 2006 Tag Team Grand Prix to become Chikara Campeonatos de Parejas(Couples Championship). Glory would be short lived for Cesaro as Hero, with the help of F.I.S.T, beat Cesaro down, ending the KsOW for the foreseeable future as Cesaro had signed a developmental deal with the WWE.

It was not to be however, as Cesaro was released from his contract under murky circumstances. Returning to the independents, and eventually reforming KsOW with Chris Hero, Cesaro made waves in practically every independent promotion of note, winning tag team championships everywhere he and Hero competed for five years. With his unique style and decent promo ability it was only a matter of time before Cesaro received another call from the WWE. Debuting in October of 2011 Cesaro impressed everyone with his impressive ring ability.
With the news that Cesaro has received a call up to the main WWE roster we can look forward to matches against the likes of CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler, and many other superstars as this "Very European" superstar is as, if not more, talented in the ring and on the mic as the most experienced WWE superstar on the roster.
P.S. Cesaro loves coffee. Like a lot. He likes it when fans hook him up.
Here is Cesaro on Colt Cabana's Art Of Wrestling Podcast

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