AEW's Mark Henry Teases "Cesaro Sighting"

AEW man states Claudio Castagnoli WILL show back up in wrestling...

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Claudio Castagnoli will return to professional wrestling - but not just yet.

This is according to Mark Henry, who, on Saturday 9 April's episode of Busted Open Radio, commented that even though it isn't going to happen "right now", there'll be a "Cesaro sighting" at some point (h/t SEScoops). The AEW announcer, coach, and talent scout added that when Castagnoli comes back to the sport, people will say "Holy cow, that's the guy we always wanted to see."

Castagnoli has been a free agent since leaving WWE after the two parties were unable to come to an agreement on a new contract in February 2022. Though the nature of his departure means he isn't bound to a non-compete clause, the 41-year-old is yet to re-emerge in professional wrestling.


The mega-talented Swiss had wrestled for WWE as "Cesaro" (or "Antonio Cesaro" early in his run) since signing there in 2011. His last match for the market leaders came on the 11 February episode of SmackDown.

21 March saw Castagnoli file trademark applications for "CSRO" for a number of purposes, including merchandising and other wrestling activities. The former WWE United States Champion is yet to publically comment on his release.

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Andy has been with WhatCulture for six years and is currently WhatCulture's Senior Wrestling Reporter. A writer, presenter, and editor with 10+ years of experience in online media, he has been a sponge for all wrestling knowledge since playing an old Royal Rumble 1992 VHS to ruin in his childhood. Having previously worked for Bleacher Report, Andy specialises in short and long-form writing, video presenting, voiceover acting, and editing, all characterised by expert wrestling knowledge and commentary. Andy is as much a fan of 1985 Jim Crockett Promotions as he is present-day AEW and WWE - just don't make him choose between the two.