Former WWE Superstar Claudio Castagnoli (Cesaro) signed with AEW and defeated Zack Sabre Jr. at the AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door PPV event.
Claudio came out with a huge pop and the crowd of Chicago welcomed him in a perfect way. Claudio didn’t waste a moment and hit ZSJ with an uppercut followed by a neutralizer to kick off the match.
Sabre Jr. soon started working on the arm of Claudio Castagnoli. Both Sabre and Claudio tested each other as both of them are renowned as the best technical wrestlers in the world.
Claudio and Sabre Jr had a brief staredown before the match entered its final stages. Claudio went for uppercuts but Sabre countered it with a sleeper hold.
Claudio tempted Sabre Jr. for a kick which he countered with an uppercut followed by a lariat. Claudio connected a pop-up uppercut and discuss lariat followed by a powerbomb to get the pinfall.
Claudio’s tenure with WWE ended earlier this year. Ever since then, the rumors began to spark that he might end up in AEW. Now, he finally debuted as the new member of the Blackpool Combat Club and won his first match against Sabre Jr.