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Claudio Castagnoli made his AEW debut by being revealed as Bryan Danielson’s hand-picked replacement to wrestle and ultimately defeat Zack Sabre Jr. this past Sunday night at the AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door event.

The Blackpool Combat Club’s newest member followed up that performance by scoring the victory in the Blood and Guts match on this Wednesday’s edition of Dynamite.

Dave Meltzer reported in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that “a lot of talent in WWE was shocked that Castagnoli signed with AEW, based on the size of the offer WWE gave him.”

It noted his signing was a big deal with a lot of the talent as the feeling is AEW must have matched or topped WWE's offer. Meltzer added, “in WWE, the feeling was that AEW was no longer doing that, and Castagnoli could have made a very substantial amount of money in WWE” despite the little chance of a push.

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After the Blood and Guts match, Claudio engaged in a dispute with Eddie Kingston as they have a history dating back to Castagnoli’s original stint on the independent scene, so the two stars may be feuding shortly.