Claudio Castagnoli competes alongside the Blackpool Combat Club as well as Santana and Ortiz as they collide with Penta El Zero M, Best Friends, Orange Cassidy, and Eddie Kingston in the return of Stadium Stampede at AEW All In on August 27th.
Castagnoli appeared on Bowks Talking Bouts to discuss the fingerprints of ROH on this card in the context of the reigning world champion’s timeline in that company, getting to uniquely express himself in a gimmick match like this in front of a historic crowd, and so much more. Excerpts from the chat are below.
You’ve captured gold in the UK before (IPW UK tag team titles) and have performed there a myriad of times over the years. How does it feel to be returning to the United Kingdom as you prepare to perform on a monumental, historic event like AEW All In?
“I’m very excited. I always felt that whenever I went to Europe, it was like a home game for me. Being part of the biggest wrestling event ever, because it just surpassed the most ticket sales in history, being in Europe that’s just amazing. I always loved the European fans, the English fans. The way they react, the way they chant, the way they enjoy wrestling. They usually don’t get that many pay-per-views whatever you want to call them nowadays. The fact that they’re getting this one, it’s going to be special.”
AEW All In
Stadium Stampede is coming back at AEW All In for the first time since Double or Nothing 2021. As much as you’re a consummate technical wrestler it seems like you really thrive in frameworks like this too.
I remember the Cage of Death back in the day with CZW versus ROH. But even more recently with Blood and Guts. So how does it feel to spread your wings creatively in matches of this persuasion?
Claudio Castagnoli and the Blackpool Combat Club
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“Yeah, that was surreal there. That was in the Ring of Honor taping that they filmed. They filmed like 15 minutes of footage of just Mickey Rourke changing in the locker room and I was right there. So, I’m very happy that one second made it into the movie and that I’m even credited. So, I think that’s incredible. Yeah, another thing that’s really cool that I can look back to and just smile.”
I’ve been enamored with combat sports for as long as I can remember. I’ve hosted MMA talk shows Lights Out and Pure Fight Radio with featured guests like Jens Pulver, Roy Nelson, Miesha Tate, Mark Coleman, and more. I’ve been an MMA broadcaster for XFFC as well as BTC and have done play by play commentary on live pay per view on GFL as well as FITE TV. I’ve provided written, audio, and video content covering some of the biggest MMA promotions like Rumble in the Cage, Unified MMA, and King of the Cage. I’ve worked as a sports entertainment personality for over five years and given play-by-play or featured promotions of KSW, ONE Championship, TKO, and Invicta FC. My work can be found in the USA Today Sports affiliate MMA Torch, Cageside Press, MMA Sucka, and Liberty Multimedia.