Chris Hero, a veteran of the wrestling scene, has recently joined All Elite Wrestling (AEW) as a producer, marking a significant addition to their backstage team. This move has also given Hero the chance to reconnect with his former tag team partner, Claudio Castagnoli.
The pair, known for their time in the Kings of Wrestling stable, shared a rich history in the ring, which Hero elaborated on during a recent episode of "AEW Unrestricted." Hero recalled meeting Castagnoli for the first time in January 2002 during a Swiss Wrestling Federation event in Switzerland.
At the time, Castagnoli was part of the Swiss Money Holding team with Ares, portraying Swiss bankers. This encounter marked the beginning of a long-standing professional relationship and friendship.
Hero Trains Castagnoli
The European wrestling circuit then lacked veteran guidance, prompting Hero to conduct training seminars across the continent.
It was during these sessions that he met Castagnoli, whom Hero described as one of the most dedicated wrestlers he had trained. Their connection continued to grow over time, facilitated by conversations over AOL's instant messaging service.
In 2004, a significant turn of events occurred when Castagnoli won the Green Card Lottery, enabling him to relocate to the United States. This move allowed him and Hero to travel together for wrestling shows, eventually leading to the formation of their tag team.
They initially brought their dynamic to Chikara and CZW, before making a mark in Ring of Honor as the Kings of Wrestling. Their time in ROH was highlighted by memorable matches against teams like Roderick Strong and Austin Aries, and the Briscoe Brothers, along with winning the ROH tag team championships.
Both wrestlers had their stints with WWE, with Castagnoli joining in 2011 and Hero following in 2012, and then returning for another tenure from 2016 to 2019. Now, as part of AEW, the former tag team partners share a platform once again, continuing their distinguished careers in professional wrestling.
This reunion not only signifies a new chapter for them individually but also adds a layer of nostalgia and expertise to AEW's ever-growing roster.