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Main Event / WWE Champion or challenger 30 20.27%
High Mid Card / World Heavyweight Champion or challenger 96 64.86%
Mid Card / Intercontinental Champion or challenger 15 10.14%
Mid Card / United States Champion or challenger 1 0.68%
Low Mid Card / No championship; as enhancement talent 2 1.35%
Tag Team Division (with whom?) 2 1.35%
None of the above / fired 2 1.35%
Other 0 0%
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Old 07-22-2013, 11:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Antonio Cesaro is part of a small group of wrestlers currently in the WWE that paid their dues all over the world before they even came to the WWE. Many people would say that these guys are some of the best workers in the WWE right now. Some could also say that the WWE are extremely high on some of these guys - Punk and Bryan. These guys are some of the most charismatic superstars the WWE have right now, can put on incredible matches and never fail to give the fans what they expect.

Word goes around that backstage authorities are also high on The Shield members, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, who both had some relatively lengthy stints in the independent scene (albeit not quite as long or noteworthy as Bryan or Punk; respectable in their own rights), and these guys are both holding championships right at this moment and are being booked incredibly strong for rookies.

So why is it when we get to Antonio Cesaro, the only one of these independent wrestlers that fits Vince McMahon's supposed "superstar look", it seems like he's the only one that is being truly misused?


It's definitely not a secret that a lot of superstars in the WWE right now have high opinions on Antonio Cesaro. From an ex-indy star whose views could be considered biased by some, all the way to a hardy veteran who has been active in the WWE for over fifteen years, current superstars really seem to think Cesaro deserves more than what he's getting right now.

"... I will go on record right now that it's absolutely ridiculous that he doesn't have a match at WrestleMania. I will pimp that guy until the cows come home. He's awesome. He's everything that the WWE should want in their superstars. He's tremendous. He can wrestle, he's a brick house, he's looks the part, he acts the part, he walks and talks that part. He can speak seven different languages! You're missing the boat on this guy."
"... He is freaky, freaky strong for his size, and I'm not just, you know, the strength thing, but it's just like he has a level of seriousness that I think has not been completely tapped yet. I mean, he's somebody that can be a major player, you just gotta... keep living' ... I think he can [pick] me up, he picked up Big Show."

With opinions like that from two main event calibre superstars in Punk and Henry, you'd have to expect great things from a guy like Cesaro, right? Right!

Though his United States championship reign was somewhat lackluster, he has had a handful of unexpectedly great matches and feats already.
I haven't got direct links but I'd appreciate if you could post them!

Antonio Cesaro vs Kofi Kingston - Main Event:
I'm sure a lot of you guys have heard of this match because it had great spots and is definitely one of the best matches to be pulled of by two mid-card superstars in a relatively long time. Unfortunately it was only on Main Event, so the fanbase was lacking - this was a pay-per-view worthy match, in my opinion.

Antonio Cesaro vs Sheamus - RAW:
This match was late last year and really proves that Cesaro, though only billed at a little over 230lbs, can go incredibly well with a top talent, look strong, make his opponent look strong and still look very strong after losing. Unfortunately even though he had an underrated match with another underrated performer who happens to be a main event calibre superstar, his work went unnoticed.

Naturally, there are other great matches and feats; picking up Khali and Brodus Clay on RAW for the Neutralizer were great, and spinning The Miz into the barricade late last year was entertaining.


So with even Michael Cole exclaiming on occasion how incredible Cesaro's strength and wrestling ability is, it's very questionable why he has been straddled with a sub-par gimmick in the ex-rugby player, and giving him those legwraps, even though he's proven multiple times he's a great pick for the mid card or even higher.

Like I said, he fits Vince McMahon's "superstar look" by being visibly muscular, tall, and unusually strong. Not only does he fit that, but he has ring ability unmatched by anyone of his size in the WWE right now; great ring presence (note the very heel taunts like wiping his feet over his opponents), among other things. So why is he floating off into the mid-card being teamed up with Swagger in a group that barely anyone really cares about?

A guy with intensity and dedication like this shouldn't be held down

His match with Bryan on Raw certainly showed he is leagues ahead of everyone else his size in the WWE when it comes to wrestling ability - that match was one of the most incredible and I swear if he doesn't get something from this I don't know what someone would have to do to get recognised.

What are your thoughts on Antonio Cesaro? Where should he be in the WWE? Personally I think he's the best superstar in the WWE right now. Not the most deserving of a championship, but definitely the most deserving of an opportunity. Naturally, Bryan would be the best comparison and I happily agree that Bryan is better at just about everything technical and charismatic than Cesaro, but Cesaro is the impressively strong and muscular, good wrestler with a good background and decent variability that the WWE is currently lacking, and should be given a decent opportunity and the World Heavyweight Championship. It fits him perfectly and would allow him to pull off the best matches he can.

- I can't find any links (because my internet is capped at the moment and will be for a few days ) however if any links, images or gifs (gifs are great!) are posted here I'll put them in the OP.

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Relax.

Cesaro is just fine where he is right now. People still haven't picked up that putting (future) main eventers in mid-card hell for a few years is a common practice in the WWE? This isn't new news guys


According to rumors, it seems as if anybody who's somebody in the back is rooting for the guy, and why wouldn't they?


With the apparent shift in focus to in-ring ability, it's hard not to picture Antonio Cesaro wrapped up in the middle of Triple H's vision.
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His wrestling ability is main event but his personality is midcard, IC champion at best. I'd say he has slightly more than Curtis Axel, which is not high praise.
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Right now? WHC. Or tag team division with Ohno.
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definitely a WHC heel at least. Eventually a WWE heel champ too.
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Cesaro is just fine where he is right now. People still haven't picked up that putting (future) main eventers in mid-card hell for a few years is a common practice in the WWE? This isn't new news guys
Though the only one of four independent stars that came in within the last few years that suits Vince McMahon's supposed stereotypical view of a main event calibre superstar is the only one who hasn't been immediately pushed.

One example to your word would be Rhodes, and I know it's usual, however it seems unusual that Cesaro would be booked very weak, when a guy like Rollins or Ambrose are booked strong.

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His wrestling ability is main event but his personality is midcard, IC champion at best. I'd say he has slightly more than Curtis Axel, which is not high praise.
His indy work would prove that he's able to play a multitude of roles, from comedy, to good guy, to bad guy. Being straddled with the gimmick he's got right now isn't exactly the best way to judge his charisma and such though.

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He's a good talent but he needs an angle to get over with the fans. I'd like to see him eventually turn on Colter and Swagger and denounce America, that would get a ton of heat and hopefully that's what they are going for with the 'Real Americans' thing.
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Haven't seem enough from him on the mic to make a determination, one way or the other. If it is based on in-ring ability, he's easily WWE championship material.
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Cesaro is great and has a huge amount of potential the problem is finding him the right gimmick. Honestly I think the first one the gave him was good but it needed to be tweaked.... the stuff about americans being fat and lazy generally will get more cheers than boo's from the audience lol. He needed to attack America in a different way.

Since then, the yodeling thing was a disaster, and his new tag team with Swagger is just really awkward, no matter how Dutch justifies it, the guy is a foreigner and has played that role since joining the WWE. With the Shield holding the belts, you know Cesaro just isn't going to go anywhere. The guy could definitely use a mouthpiece, to be honest, Heyman would've simply been much better with Cesaro then he is with Curt Axel - whom gets heat only for being with Paul Heyman.
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At this point, I'd say that shooting for the WHC is fair-game. He obviously needs the right booking, but he's more than capable of sliding into a position next to Del Rio, Ziggler, Sheamus, and the like.

Honestly, I don't think that his "lack" of personality/mic skills are going to hold him back very much. He's capable (not great) on the mic, and anyone that's seen his indy work knows that he's got personality. He's already a top 5 worker, and he's so convincing in the ring that it doesn't really matter what he does outside. Cesaro can be sold purely as a wrestler. With a manager like Zeb, the sky's the limits.... or the WHC, as previously mentioned.

I can't see Cesaro getting a WWE title shot any time soon though.
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