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.
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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.