Antonio Cesaro is floundering in the WWE. His disappointing fall started after losing the United States title to Kofi Kingston on the April 15 edition of Raw. Since that fall, his losing streak began and as a result, he has lost the fans’ interest. The streak encompasses losses to Kingston, Alberto Del Rio and Randy Orton among others.
The writing’s on the wall; Antonio Cesaro is not ready for the WWE’s main event scene.
Why isn’t he ready? We can’t question his wrestling ability because he works great matches, as evident from his rematch with Kingston on WWE’s Main Event show.
Could it be what happens backstage? Unfortunately, this has some truth to it.
Vince McMahon reportedly is not a fan of Cesaro, as confirmed by Dave Meltzer’s subscriber-only radio show (via Cagesideseats.com). The report published a written excerpt of the show, stating how officials believe Cesaro is boring.
Believe it or not, there is some merit behind that. Quick, go to a memorable Antonio Cesaro promo in the WWE. Can you remember any?
The problem lies with the entertainment value. Antonio Cesaro, at the moment, is boring.
He doesn’t have that ability to click with fans. Why do you think the yodeling gimmick was started and quickly dropped? It was a failed attempt to connect with fans.
Many wrestlers have had this same problem before making it big, namely three main event Superstars, CM Punk, Daniel Bryan and Dolph Ziggler.
Punk uttered the pipe bomb, and that led to his reign as champion. Bryan shouted, “YES,” and he became a fixture in the WWE. Ziggler had Vickie but used his charisma to garner attention to himself. All three are great wrestlers and developed their personas to connect with the WWE Universe.
Antonio Cesaro needs to bond with that audience. He needs that moment that puts him on the level of those WWE Superstars. It’s the only way he can reach the WWE Universe. Until then, as far as being in WWE’s main event scene, Cesaro is just not ready.