Cesaro is heading into the WWE Clash of Champions WWE Network event to battle in the final match in a best-of-seven series with Sheamus. However, Cesaro does not seem happy with his progress in the WWE or his role on WWE Monday Night Raw. While the best-of-seven is supposed to lead to a championship match, Cesaro told The Mirror in an interview that he expected to have held the world title by now.
“I wanted to be [world] champion by now, and I haven’t achieved that! The journey ahead seems still so long, but I’m happy I came back 100%, I didn’t come back 70% or something. I’m getting better every day. I’m just enjoying myself. Trying to approach it a little bit different. Just having more fun, especially in the ring, and letting the fans have fun with me together.”
It is a nice attitude for Cesaro to have, but he has a point about not being where he wants to be in the company, especially since he is in one of the non-title matches at Clash of Champions tonight. Cesaro even cut a shoot promo on the WWE Network wherein he blasted the company for his very low draft position.
Cesaro was drafted in the sixth round to WWE Monday Night Raw, the 28th wrestler drafted. He also complained that he wanted to go to SmackDown Live since they were promising to be about the wrestling and not so much about the entertainment. While it couldn’t have just been straight from the hip, much of it rang true, even though Cesaro and Sheamus are heading into Clash of Champions in a series of matches that were all about the wrestling.
According to WWE.com, names that were drafted ahead of Cesaro included Baron Corbin, Nia Jax, Neville, and The Big Show. Cesaro mentioned in the interview that Kevin Owens was drafted ahead of him and he even complained about his spot. Since then, Kevin Owens became the first ever WWE Monday Night Raw Universal Champion, and heads into Clash of Champions in that role.
While Kevin Owens is defending his WWE Universal Championship belt at Clash of Champions against Seth Rollins, Cesaro is fighting in a match where he has been promised a possible future title shot down the line. His opponent Sheamus is already a four-time world champion in the WWE.
After a hugely successful career in the indies as Claudio Castagnoli, he arrived in the WWE in 2011 and made his main roster debut in 2012. Over his career, Cesaro has held the United States Championship once and the tag team championship once. He also won the 2014 Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania. Heading into Clash of Champions, it seems a long time since that battle royal win.
However, what many fans remember is that Vince McMahon went on Stone Cold Steve Austin’s podcast and insulted Cesaro. While Austin wanted to know why Cesaro was not getting the push that he deserved, McMahon said that Cesaro was missing something and wasn’t there yet as a WWE superstar. McMahon made it sound like Cesaro was not connecting with the fans.
Cesaro answered that criticism in the interview as well. Watch Clash of Champions tonight, and there will likely be a lot of fans holding their Cesaro Section signs.
“Well right now I feel like I’m connecting pretty good. If you see the ‘Cesaro section’, when I go out there, it is definitely not silent, and I have a huge fan base all over the world. I think it’s if if people are willing to see that or they just prefer somebody else.”
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In a recent ESPN article, the author pointed out that there isn’t much longer that the WWE can ignore Cesaro, one of the best in-ring performers in the company. If Cesaro wins at Clash of Champions, he could finally move into the Universal Championship title picture. If not, the WWE might be dropping the ball once again.
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