Claudio Castagnoli (born December 27, 1980), better known by his ring name Cesaro (shortened from Antonio Cesaro), is a Swiss professional wrestler who is currently signed to WWE and performing on the Raw brand, where he is the current WWE European Champion in his second reign. 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 was the longest in company history), 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.
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.
Crossface – 2015–2016
The Neutralizer (NXT/WWE) / Gotch Style Neutralizer (FCW) (Cradle belly-to-back inverted mat slam)
Ricola Bomb (Straight jacket powerbomb) (FCW); rarely used as a signature in NXT/WWE
Sharpshooter, usually transitioned from a Cesaro Swing – 2015–present; adopted from Tyson Kidd
Very European Uppercut (Pop-up European uppercut) (WWE); usually used as a signature move
Swiss-1-9 ( Tiger Feint Kick)
Cesaro Swing (Giant swing, with theatrics, sometimes preceded by a spinebuster)
Cranial Crank (Chinlock, sometimes while swinging the opponent)
Double foot stomp
Double underhook powerbomb
Fallaway slam, sometimes while bridging
Multiple European uppercut variations
Running to a cornered opponent
Multiple suplex variations
Delayed gutwrench, sometimes from the top rope
Super to an opponent on the apron
Sitout scoop slam piledriver
Alpmare Waterslide / Swissblade (Side Death Valley driver)
Tilt-a-whirl backbreaker, as a counter to a diving opponent