Swiss Wrestlers

WWE's Cesaro (born 27.12.1980), also known by the name Claudio Castagnoli, is a Swiss professional wrestler. Castagnoli has been contracted with WWE since September 2011. He was previously known for his work (under his real name) in Ring of Honor (ROH), various independent promotions, 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 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. Castagnoli and Hero were voted as the 2010 Tag Team of the Year by Wrestling Observer Newsletter readers. He has also had success as a singles wrestler, having won the WWE United States Championship along with numerous independent singles titles, most notably the PWG World Championship. Particularly in the United States, Castagnoli emphasizes his European origin as part of his wrestling gimmick to proclaim a superior intellect and fashion sensibility, not only by speaking five languages (English, German, Italian, French, and his native Swiss-German dialect), but also by regularly using the European uppercut. (© Wikipedia)

Rene Lasartesse (born 21.01.1928)  Inzwischen über achtzig Jahre alt, eine Legende aus der Zeit, wo „Wrestling“ noch „Catch as catch can“ hiess. René Lasartesse, der König der Catcher. Unter seinem Künstlernamen René Lasartesse , " L`Aristocrat du Catch " bestritt der Basler Edouard Probst ab 1953 tausende von Kämpfen. Er war in dem buntschillernden und gleichzeitig trüben Gewerbe der perfekte Finsterling. René Lasartesse war jedenfalls mehrfacher Weltmeister von 1970-1978, zwölfmaliger Europameister und über 35 Jahre im internationalen Catch-Geschäft. Verschrieen als meistgehasster Berufsringer Europas führte er ein Leben wie in einem Film. Als Wrestlingstar kämpfte er sich rund um den Globus, mal mit wenig Geld in der Tasche, mal mit mehr. Nach den frühen Tod des Vaters hatte er erst mit Boxen angefangen und wechselte dann zum Ringen. 1958 errang er den Europameistertitel. Kurz darauf kam ein Telegramm aus den USA. „Das war ein Angebot, das ich nicht ausschlagen konnte. Dort wollte jeder hin“. Eines der wenigen Bücher über den europäischen Berufsringkampf veröffentlichte 1991 Andreas Matlé in Zusammenarbeit mit Lasartesse, Die Biographie über einen außergewöhnlichen Menschen in einem außergewöhnlichen Milieu das den engen Zusammenhang zwischen Schaugeschäft, Sport und Schauspielerei aufzeigt. Der vielverheissende Arbeitstitel "Denn sie schreien nach Blut" wurde vom Verlag allerdings vorsichtigerweise auf ein sprödes "Lasartesse. Erinnerungen eines Catch- Weltmeisters" reduziert. Später spielte er in einigen Filmen und Theaterstücken als Wrestlingcoach mit und lebt heute, nach einem Motorradunfall, der ihn ein Bein kostete, in Reinach BL.

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Ares (born January 12, 1980) is a Swiss professional wrestler and wrestling trainer, who primarily competes in European and American independent promotions. For much of his career, Ares teamed with Claudio Castagnoli and Marc Roudin as part of Swiss Money Holding. One of the top tag teams in Europe during the 2000s, the trio won titles in Germany, France, the United Kingdom and their native Switzerland. Under the Freebird Rule, Ares held the IPW:UK Tag Team Championship with Castagnoli and Roudin for a record 12 months. They eventually toured the United States in 2003, appearing for IWA Mid-South and Chikara, and took part in the 2003 Tag World Grand Prix. After returning to Europe, Castagnoli decided to return to the United States to regularly compete for Chikara. Ares then brought in Marc Roudin to fill in for Castagnoli and spent several years teaming together. He would also have an accomplished career as a singles competitor, wrestling in countries as far away Algeria, South Africa and Japan, and was the head trainer for IWA-Switzerland. After his marriage Ares followed Castagnoli to the United States. He made a surprise appearance at Chikara's “Three-Fisted Tales” show where he and Castagnoli reunited to form the "heel" stable BDK in 2009, and went on to win the 2010 King of Trios with fellow stablemate Tursas.

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