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Cezar Bononi[4] (born June 15, 1986) is a Brazilian professional wrestler. He is signed to WWE, where he performs in their developmental territory NXT, using his real name.

Cezar Bononi
Bononi in April 2018
Born (1986-06-15) June 15, 1986 (age 33)
São Paulo, Brazil[1]
ResidenceOrlando, Florida, United States
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Cezar Bononi[1]
V8 Big Block
Billed height6 ft 9 in (206 cm)[1]
Billed weight255 lb (116 kg)[1]
Billed fromSão Paulo, Brazil[1]
Trained byBob Jr.[2][3]

Early lifeEdit

Prior to his wrestling career Bononi played American football for São Paulo Storm in the Brazilian football league, being named to the São Paulo state team and the All Brazilian team.[4]

Professional wrestling careerEdit

Bononi trained to be a professional wrestler under Bob Junior of the Brazilian Wrestling Federation, and competed on the independent circuit in his native Brazil and South America under the ring name V8 Big Block. In the BWF, he held the BWF Rei Do Ringue Championship on one occasion.[2]

In October 2015, Bononi was announced as part of a class of 19 WWE recruits to begin training at the WWE Performance Center.[4] He was sitting on his couch at home before being told he was offered a WWE contract.[5] He made his television debut on the May 10, 2017 episode of NXT, losing to Aleister Black.[6] Bononi had his first televised victory on the May 31 episode of NXT, defeating Andrade "Cien" Almas. Bononi was named "Future Star of NXT" at the 2017 NXT Year-End Awards.[7]

Championship and accomplishmentsEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e "Cezar Bononi". WWE.
  2. ^ a b c d "Cezar Bononi". Cagematch.
  3. ^ "Cezar Bononi". WrestlingData. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c ‘Tough Enough’ competitors part of solid class of new recruits at WWE Performance Center
  5. ^ How did these NXT Superstars react to being offered a WWE contract?: Ask the WWE PC, Feb. 17, 2018, retrieved February 17, 2018
  6. ^ WWE NXT results: Itami battles Strong in a physical main event
  7. ^ WWE NXT Results – 5/31/17 (Ciampa addresses Gargano, Tag Match)
  8. ^ "2018 PWI 500". Cagematch. Retrieved October 14, 2018.
  9. ^ Daily Update: NXT year-end awards, TakeOver, Impact ratings