Cesaro has been in a bit of a rut for a while. It can be argued that his woes began when he jumped off of the Zeb Colter team to join forces with Paul Heyman. That seemed like such a slam-dunk of a decision but he’s done not much other than stagnated since. It might even be hard to believe that the King of Swing actually competed for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship during the Elimination Chamber Pay-Per-View earlier this year. By the time he slammed Big Show out of the ring to win the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal at Wrestlemania 30 it seemed like he had nothing but green pastures ahead of him.
While he’s not found himself being pushed up the ladder like it appeared he would have during 2014, recent events indicate that WWE is actively trying to give him a raw deal. Shockingly, he lost his Intercontinental Championship 2 out of 3 Falls challenge against Dolph Ziggler without scoring a single fall. When does that ever happen? Then on the following night on Raw he suffered a beat down by Dean Ambrose like he was nothing more than an enhancement talent. What gives?
While an explanation for much of Cesaro’s 2014 booking would be nice, at least the poor booking of the past week might have an answer. News has been circulating online that Cesaro might actually be experiencing a punishment for an interview he gave to the Liverpool Echo that was published on October 22nd. Here is the incriminating part…
Liverpool Echo: It’s certainly a time when the likes of yourself, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, the new wave of guys coming through, are proving that you are performers who can ‘go’ in the ring, just as much as you can talk on the mic.
Cesaro: “Exactly. It is a new era of guys, it’s a new generation, and it’s a lot of fun to watch that because there are fresh match-ups. I mean I’m sick of seeing John Cena against Randy Orton for the 500th time. It’s great that we have some new, young guys that can come out and provide absolutely great match-ups and for the fans there are fresh, exciting matches and things to watch.”
The belief is that because Cesaro spoke out against Orton and Cena, his booking reflects WWE’s disdain. I do understand why a company wouldn’t want an employee bashing the product, but his opinion is shared by a significant segment of the WWE Universe. Additionally, his current plight seems eerily similar to that of Dolph Ziggler when The Showoff was de-pushed throughout the latter half of 2013 and early part of this year. Ziggler’s never ending stretch of punishment-booking was also credited to negative comments that he gave in an interview about WWE’s top talent. Is Cesaro experiencing a similar situation now?
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