After returning to professional wrestling at AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door as the surprise replacement for Brian Danielson, Claudio Castagnoli has now been confirmed for Starcast V.
The newest member of Blackpool Combat Club will have his own stage show at the event, appearing as a guest on Chris Van Vliet’s popular Insight podcast.
Starcast tweeted, “He made his surprise comeback after 4 months of absence. At #STARRCAST, @ClaudioCSRO sits down to discuss the Indies, leaving #WWE, his decision to sign with #AEW and much more! Insight with Chris Van Vliet featuring special guest Claudio Castagnoli.”
In a follow-up tweet, it was confirmed that this will be a special event and will take place on Saturday, July 30 at 10:45 a.m. CDT.
Van Vliet himself hyped the show, tweeting, “This is huge! Join me at @StarrcastEvents for a one-on-one live chat with @ClaudioCSRO, get tickets here: starrcast.com”
Last Sunday, Castagnoli made his first appearance since joining AEW since leaving WWE four months ago, even though the company reportedly had a different plan to make his debut. However, after Danielson’s injury, Tony Khan needed someone to replace him to face Zack Saber Jr at AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door, and this was the slot Castagnoli took.
The former WWE United States Champion won on his debut, and he will go on to win his “AEW Dynamite” debut this Wednesday by competing inside Blood & Guts. He will once again replace his Blackpool Combat Club stablemate, Danielson, as he faces the Jericho Appreciation Society alongside Jon Moxley, Wheeler Utah, Santana and Ortiz, and his longtime rival Eddie Kingston.
Castagnoli acknowledged that “sometimes the stars align for a perfect moment,” regarding his debut with the company, while claiming that he is “always on the lookout for new challenges and here at AEW, such Feels like I’m a kid in a candy store.”
He’s not the only former WWE Superstar who will make his stage show in Starrcat V, as Paige will also get a chance to tell stories to her fans. A number of different events have been announced for the weekend, from Bret Hart recapping the 1992 SummerSlam match to the roast of Ric Flair, while Brian Danielson will also speak with Renee Paquette. Undoubtedly, the biggest event of the weekend will be Nature Boy participating in his final wrestling match so far, though his opponent is still unknown.
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