Xavier Woods and Becky Lynch were both in a celebratory mood for ex-WWE colleague Claudio Castagnoli's AEW debut at Forbidden Door last night.
The former Cesaro was Zack Sabre Jr.'s mystery opponent on the first AEW X NJPW collaborative pay-per-view, defeating the Englishman, joining the Blackpool Combat Club, and owning the night after helping his new allies clear the ring following Jon Moxley's main event with Hiroshi Tanahashi. The 41-year-old is now #AllElite, having been a free agent since surprisingly leaving WWE in February.
Woods was first to tweet his support for Claudio as the mystery reveal was playing out:-
LETS GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO— Austin Creed (@AustinCreedWins) June 27, 2022
Lynch followed minutes later, sharing a photograph of Castagnoli's entrance:-
A popular figure backstage in WWE (and around the wrestling business in general... unless your name is Eddie Kingston), it shouldn't come as a huge surprise to see Castagnoli receive this support from his friends. Onscreen, he was particularly tight with Woods, having played a huge role in UpUpDownDown (Xavier's gaming series) prior to leaving WWE, though his list of friends that still work for the market leaders is likely dozens long.
Claudio's second AEW match comes this Wednesday, when he enters the promotion's second Blood and Guts match on Dynamite.