If you heard the name Claudio Castagnoli, you wouldn't think much about it. Obviously it must be tied to someone of European background, but honestly, we wouldn't spend time imagining the person who has that name. But what if we said Claudio Castangoli was someone who has spent the better part of 15 years developing his craft inside and outside the ring? Many fans that follow the WWE may not know that Claudio Castagnoli has gone by various aliases in the past. Today, he is none other than The Swiss Superman, Cesaro.
During his time wrestling in independent promotions, Castagnoli was known for his refined Greco-Roman wrestling style and his ability to captivate an audience due to a diverse skill set and unrelenting attack. He was being noticed and it was only a matter of time before he transitioned from the independents onto a much grander stage. Once the opportunity presented itself, Antonio Cesaro was born.
Castagnoli's career certainly has seen its ups and downs. Much like anyone else's career that undergoes a change, Castagnoli's travels from promotion to promotion throughout his career led him to go to a number of different of places all over the world. Whether it was competing in Europe and Japan, or under a mask, Cesaro really did everything he could to stand out while trying to evolve. Today, the wrestler who is as technically savvy as anyone in the ring has gotten noticed. He is among the most celebrated and liked wrestlers by fans today, and often many ‘Cesaro Section' signs will turn up at events. He was a former champion prior to coming to the WWE and is a celebrated wrestler that many feel should be a champion today. We give you 15 things you need to know about Claudio Castagnoli, better known as Cesaro.
15 Made the Top 15 of the PWI 500 in 2014
14 Feuded With the Son of a WWE Hall of Famer
13 Most Underrated Wrestler for 2013 and 2014
12 Co-held the ROH World Tag Titles for a Record Setting 364 Days
11 He's A United States Champion
10 He's A Former Multi-time Tag Team Champion with a Former NXT Wrestler
9 Is Currently Involved With Sara Del Rey (NXT Trainer Sara Amato)
8 Was in NXT Before it was NXT
7 Teamed With a Former WWE Champion Prior to WWE
6 First Appeared on Raw as an Officer
5 Contended for the ROH World Championship
4 Appeared in The Wrestler
3 Speaks Five Languages
2 Trained and Began his Career in Europe
1 Competed as Ice Cream?
One of the unique stories about his career is the different personalities or characters he portrayed in his early days as a wrestler. When he returned to the promotion Chikara in 2007, he wrestled under a mask, and competed under the name 'A Very Mysterious Ice-Cream'. It was under that name that he was a part of Los Ice Creams. The team was rather uniquely dressed, with masks that had tips on the top of their heads to resemble the tip of an ice-cream cone. It's remarkable to see where Cesaro has come from then to where he is now.
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