• Born: 12/27/1980 in Lucerne, Switzerland
  • Birthname: Claudio Castagnoli
  • Height & Weight: 6'5", 232 Ib
Titles Won:
  • WWE United States Championship
  • WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Sheamus (1) and Shinsuke Nakamura (1)
  • WWE (Raw) Tag Team Championship (5 times) – with Sheamus (4) and Tyson Kidd (1)
  • André the Giant Memorial Trophy (WrestleMania XXX)
  • PWG World Championship
  • ROH World Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Chris Hero

He was previously known for his work in Ring of Honor (ROH), various independent promotions including Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG) and Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW), and the Japan-based Pro Wrestling Noah.

Castagnoli is an accomplished tag team wrestler, being a two-time ROH World Tag Team Champion with his partner Chris Hero as The Kings of Wrestling (where their 364-day reign as champions is the longest in company history), record five-time WWE (Raw) Tag Team Champion, sharing one reign with Tyson Kidd as part of their team and four reigns with Sheamus whilst teaming with him, as well as various independent tag team titles both with Hero and with Ares as Swiss Money Holding, such as the Chikara Campeonatos de Parejas, the JCW Tag Team Championship and the CZW World Tag Team Championship. Castagnoli and Hero were voted as the 2010 Tag Team of the Year by Wrestling Observer Newsletter readers. He has also had success as a singles wrestler, having won the WWE’s United States Championship and the inaugural André the Giant Memorial Trophy at WrestleMania XXX, along with numerous independent singles titles, such as the PWG World Championship.

Particularly in the United States, when playing a villain character, Castagnoli has been known to emphasize his European origin as part of his wrestling gimmick, proclaiming a superior intellect and fashion sensibility, and by regularly using the European uppercut. Castagnoli is also known for his feats of strength in the ring and is frequently mentioned as one of WWE’s best and most underrated performers. He was consequently recognized by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter as the Most Underrated Wrestler in the world a record four times, from 2013 to 2016.

Other Notable Achievements

CZW World Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Chris Hero

Chikara Campeonatos de Parejas (2 times) – with Chris Hero (1) and Ares (1)

wXw World Heavyweight Championship (2 time)

wXw World Tag Team Championship – with Ares

GSW Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Ares

JCW Tag Team Championship – with Chris Hero

IPW: UK Tag Team Championship – with Ares

CAPW Unified Heavyweight Championship

SWF Powerhouse Championship (2 times)

SWF Tag Team Championship – with Ares

IWA Switzerland World Heavyweight Championship