Friday, September 16, 2011

New Name, New Game

Claudio Castagnoli
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger on Twitter

Lots of folks online are reporting that Claudio Castagnoli has signed a deal with the WWE.  But he's got a new name.  He'll be known as Antonio Cesaro.  No word on when he'll get into a WWE ring.  According to the reports, Antonio will work with the E's developmental group Florida Championship Wrestling.

I think this is good news.  I have only seen a little of Claudio's work with ROH and Chikara, but I've been impressed.  The end of this match for instance is nothing less than awesome as far as I'm concerned.


The name change doesn't bother me too much I supposed.  WWE tends to do that with guys who they pluck out of the indies.  Colt Cabana was Scotty Goldman, Joe Hennig is Michael McGillicutty, and Matt Sydal is Evan Bourne.  You get the picture.  While it's not something I'm too excited about, it makes sense from a business stand point.

Yep, we met Chris Hero at Wrestlemania, pretty cool!
My hope now is that Cabana and Chris Hero are also brought into the company.  I'm curious to see where the whole CM Punk angle is headed.  It's probably to premature to think that this could be a done deal by Survivor Series next month and we see a team lead by Punk with Cabana, Hero, and Claudio against a team lead by Hunter.  But a guy can dream, can't he.

Anyway, I think this is a positive step, I hope Claudio gets moved to the main roster sooner rather than later and doesn't end up getting lost in the WWE shuffle.  He's got talent, and I hope that's not held against.

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