Claudio Castagnoli, also known as Cesaro, quietly exited from WWE after his contract expired a few months ago. Since then, he has not joined any wrestling promotions, and some reported that Cesaro’s asking price is too high.

Recently Claudio Castagnoli has trademarked his ring name as “CSRO.” He is using “ClaudioCSRO” as his Twitter handle’s username, and WWE still owns the ”Cesaro” name. Cesaro’s final WWE match took place on the February 11th episode of SmackDown, where he lost to Happy Corbin.

Cesaro is rumored to return to the squared circle at Forbidden Door pay-per-view tonight. Therefore, the “Cesaro” name has been trending on social media this week. It happened after Bryan Danielson’s announcement on this week’s AEW Dynamite. Danielson stated that he could not compete in the match against Zack Sabre Jr. at Forbidden Door and next week’s Blood & Guts Dynamite. Danielson further stated that he would be choosing Sabre Jr opponent at Forbidden Door.

Fightful Select reported that Cesaro has been training for his in-ring return in Orlando at Flatbacks Wrestling School, which is owned by Tyler Breeze and AEW star Shawn Spears. However, Fightful did not confirm that Cesaro would debut at Forbidden Door.

Many fans expected to see Claudio Castagnoli as Zack Sabre Jr’s opponent at Forbidden Door because Castagnoli is a good friend of Bryan Danielson.

Following matches have been announced for tonight’s AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door pay-per-view.

  • Jon Moxley vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi for the Interim AEW World Championship.
  • Thunder Rosa vs. Toni Storm for the AEW Women’s Championship.
  • Adam Cole vs. Kazuchika Okada vs. Hangman Page vs. Jay White for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship.
  • Malakai Black vs. Miro vs. Clark Connors vs. Pac for the AEW All-Atlantic Championship.
  • Will Ospreay vs. Orange Cassidy for the IWGP United States Championship.
  • Chris Jericho, Sammy Guevara and Minoru Suzuki vs. Eddie Kingston, Wheeler Yuta and Shota Umino in a six-man tag team match. (Winner will get the one-man advantage at Blood & Guts).
  • FTR (Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood) vs. Jeff Cobb & Great-O-Khan vs. Roppongi Vice (Rocky Romero & Trent Berreta) for the Undisputed IWGP & Ring of Honor Tag Team Championships.
  • Zack Sabre Jr. vs. TBA.
  • Dudes with Attitude (Sting, Darby Allin and Shingo Takagi) vs. The Bullet Club (The Young Bucks and El Phantasmo) in a six-man tag team match.


  • Aaron Solo and QT Marshall vs. Yoshi-Hashi & Hirooki Goto.
  • LA Dojo (Yuya Uemura, Alex Coughlin, Kevin Knight & The DKC) vs. Max Caster & Gunn Club (Billy Gunn, Austin Gunn & Colten Gunn) in an eight-man tag team match.

We will update you when we receive more details. Stay tuned with The Spotlight.


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