In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, Claudio Castagnoli shared his thoughts on his upcoming Winner Takes All match against Eddie Kingston scheduled for tomorrow’s AEW Dynamite: Grand Slam.
Castagnoli and Kingston will put the ROH World Championship and the NJPW Strong Openweight Championship on the line with the victor leaving the Arthur Ashe Stadium as a dual champion.
You can check out some highlights from the interview below:
On wanting to go to NJPW: “The chance to be a New Japan champion very much excites me. I wanted to go to New Japan after I left WWE, and I did–but I’d like to go again, and what better way than as Strong Openweight champion? It opens a whole new set of possibilities. And I am very proud to be the Ring of Honor champion. I learned a long time ago that you don’t need a belt to hold yourself like a champion. But when you do have one, you must hold yourself to a higher level.”
On wanting to wrestle at the Tokyo Dome and Arena Mexico: “Tokyo Dome and Arena Mexico, those are two legendary venues that have eluded me throughout my career. I need to wrestle at both of those places, and I’d love to start with the Tokyo Dome at Wrestle Kingdom. I’m looking forward to taking this title away from Eddie–and wrestling at the Tokyo Dome is something else I’m looking forward to doing.”
On being ready to end his feud with Kingston: “I’m ready to put an end to this chapter. I give Eddie credit for what he’s accomplished, and I don’t underestimate him. I know what he’s capable of. I just don’t have any respect for the man.”
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In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, Claudio Castagnoli, also known as Cesaro, expressed his excitement for his upcoming Winner Takes All match against Eddie Kingston on AEW Dynamite: Grand Slam. This highly anticipated match will see both the ROH World Championship and the NJPW Strong Openweight Championship on the line, with the winner leaving the Arthur Ashe Stadium as a dual champion.
Castagnoli, who has had an impressive career in professional wrestling, shared his aspirations of becoming a New Japan champion once again. He mentioned that after leaving WWE, he wanted to go to New Japan and had the opportunity to do so. However, he now desires to go back and become the Strong Openweight champion, as it would open up new possibilities for him. Additionally, he expressed his pride in being the Ring of Honor champion and emphasized that one doesn’t need a belt to hold themselves like a champion, but when they do have one, they must hold themselves to a higher level.
The wrestler also revealed his desire to wrestle at two legendary venues that have eluded him throughout his career: the Tokyo Dome and Arena Mexico. Castagnoli expressed his eagerness to start with the Tokyo Dome at Wrestle Kingdom and mentioned that taking the title away from Eddie Kingston is another thing he is looking forward to doing.
Regarding his feud with Kingston, Castagnoli stated that he is ready to put an end to this chapter. While acknowledging Kingston’s accomplishments and not underestimating him, he admitted to having no respect for his opponent. This adds an extra layer of intensity and anticipation to their upcoming match.
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The Winner Takes All match between Claudio Castagnoli and Eddie Kingston promises to be an electrifying showdown. With both wrestlers putting their respective championships on the line, the stakes are high, and fans can expect an intense battle for supremacy. As the wrestling world eagerly awaits this clash, it remains to be seen who will emerge victorious and leave the Arthur Ashe Stadium as a dual champion.