There is absolutely no denying the ability of current United States Champion Antonio Cesaro between the ropes. Fans of his from his days in Ring of Honor and Chikara know just how talented a worker he is.
Unfortunately, Sunday night at TLC was just another case of him failing to live up to his potential.
His match with R-Truth for the US title was bland and boring. There is no better way to put it. Some will argue that Truth may not be the best guy to try and get a great match out of these days, but at some point, the excuses for Cesaro have to stop, and some blame has to be put on his shoulders.
Has Antonio's booking been great? Absolutely not. He still has a bland character, and for that, the blame should be put on a creative team that has done nothing to help said character evolve. But at some point, the performer has to overcome lazy or shoddy booking and make an impact for himself or herself.
Cesaro has not done that and, because of that failure to do so, has not connected with the audience. He has also failed to have that one match that makes him stand out; that gives the company an excuse to continue pushing him.
Unless that lightbulb goes off for the highly-talented in-ring worker and he does something to get the audience to react to him on a consistent basis (that does not involve insulting Americans in different languages), WWE may want to re-evaluate whether or not he is the guy they want to push as one of their top villians.