Just how do management view Antonio Cesaro and what is his current status in WWE?
In the last few months, it's become increasingly difficult to tell. First there was the awful yodeling gimmick (a career-killer if ever there was one). Then he was doing job after job on television as he continued to fall into irrelevance.
Things looked up for the former ROH performer when he had a tremendous match against Kofi Kingston on the May 1 edition of Main Event.
Easily one of the best WWE television bouts of the year, this seemingly helped put both Cesaro and Kingston back on the map. Cesaro was then given a strong win over Zack Ryder on the following Monday's Raw and had an enjoyable back-and-forth bout with Randy Orton two days later on Main Event.
This served to spark hopes that, after a difficult spell, his career was finally back on track.
Unfortunately, it couldn't last. Cesaro was inexplicably jobbed out to Orton in three minutes on last night's Raw.
Unlike the lengthy Main Event bout, Cesaro didn't look like The Viper's equal or anything close to it. The match came off as a total throwaway, existing for no reason other than to give Orton an easy win.
For all intents and purposes, it looks like the former United States champion is back at square one.
On last night's (subscribers-only) Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer gave an update on Cesaro's status in WWE, noting that while it initially appeared the wrestler had been helped by the Main Event match, little had ultimately changed for him:
The reality is, the people who are in charge and have the say believe Antonio Cesaro is boring. I mean, the wrestlers don't. A lot of the other people in the company don't, there are people who think he should be a main eventer...but the people who count? They don't see him any higher than they did two weeks ago. There was lip service paid there for a week or two, but it's over now.
Of course, Cesaro fans shouldn't get too disheartened by this news.
After all, in the fickle world of WWE management, things can always change. Who knows? Maybe someone else will get into power and they will be willing to give Cesaro a decent shot?
Let's hope so. Because the Swiss wrestler really is too talented to be wasted in a lower-midcard comedy role.