Claudio Castagnoli has called his time tagging with Sheamus as the “funnest” three years in his WWE career.
In 2016, Claudio Castagnoli – the then-Cesaro – fought Sheamus in a best of seven series for a future championship opportunity. Their seventh match at Clash of Champions ended in a no contest, ultimately leaving the series tied 3-3. As a result, Raw General Manager Mick Foley decided to make ‘The Swiss Superman’ and ‘The Celtic Warrior’ a tag team.
Despite not getting along at first, the two men began to pick up wins against the likes of The New Day, The Hardy Boyz, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, and others. After winning the Raw Tag Team Championships, the duo christened themselves as The Bar and continued tagging for three years.
On the latest AEW Unrestricted podcast, Claudio Castagnoli spoke about his tag team with Sheamus in WWE and why it was successful:
“I think that was probably the funnest three years, I think with him for about three years, because everything you saw on screen, if you saw it as being from like starting as co-workers, I was just like, ‘Alright, I guess I’ll make this work’, to becoming best friends. We are both from Europe, so we have similarities, but we were not best friends. We were just like co-workers, cordial, and we talked. We were not best friends and we became best friends over those years and we are still best friends.
That bickering back and forth, non-stop, they would tell us, ‘Okay, we’re going to shoot backstage, you guys argue, and then you do this.’ We’re like, ‘Okay, cool.’ We start and they’re like, ‘You guys can stop. We’re not filming yet.’ We’re like, ‘Oh, no, that’s just us being us.’ So we had a great time, especially when we went internationally going to all kinds of football stadiums and stuff like that. If something’s authentic, it will connect with the fans, I feel, and that’s the stuff that you cannot fabricate.”
The Bar lasted up until the 2019 Draft. After Sheamus reportedly suffered a concussion on SmackDown, Claudio was drafted to Monday Night Raw, and later aligned himself with Sami Zayn and Shinsuke Nakamura to form The Artist Collective.