Claudio Castagnoli Shares Memories Of Performing With Brodie Lee

Claudio and Brodie came up on the independent scene together

Claudio Castagnoli and the late Brodie Lee had similar paths to the bigtime.

As two standouts on the independent scene prior to signing with WWE, their paths crossed on numerous occasions, particularly in the Chikara promotion.

The Swiss Superman has fond memories of spending time with his fallen friend, as he discussed during a recent appearance on the AEW Unrestricted podcast

"Oh, it was awesome. Back then, Brodie came down from Rochester all the time to the Philly area for Chikara and Ring of Honor. Towards the end of my Ring of Honor run he was there. Every time Brodie came into town, he stayed at my place. I remember one of my first paychecks from Japan, I bought a new bed. I could finally afford it. I saved my old mattress, though, so he could sleep on it. Because he would just sleep on the couch. So then he had like his own bed".

Recalling meeting Lee in the first Steel Cage Match in Chikara's history (in 2008), the Blackpool Combat Club member said: 

"We always had a laugh. We always had fun when we had our matches because we would always try to do something crazy. To have the Steel Cage Match, the first ever was a lot of fun. He still accused me every time he got the chance to of whipping him into the cage too hard and thus, he got colour which was a big 'no no' at the super-PG Chikara. He would remind me every single time that I made him bleed. It was because I was shutting him too hard. Not so sure about that".

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