WWE appears to be using Antonio Cesaro as a stepping stone for The Prime Time Players rather than the more intimidating warrior he is capable of being.
Titus O'Neil and Darren Young getting a push is a smart move as both are fun and energetic and could develop a strong bond with the audience. The problem is, what could be a great back-and-forth feud has been one-sided and lacking in narrative.
The biggest victim of these two teams fighting without a story and with one team acquiring far more wins than the other is Cesaro.
On Monday, Cesaro watched as O'Neil defeated his partner, Jack Swagger. On Wednesday's Main Event, The Real Americans lost to The Prime Time Players. Fans who have checked the spoilers for this Friday’s SmackDown know that Cesaro doesn't appear at all.
Cesaro is simply one of the best wrestlers on the roster, as evidenced by his recent NXT match against Sami Zayn.
This week, like several others, had too little of Cesaro's in-ring mastery, keeping his matches too short and having him be more buffoon than badass in them. Even while cheating, he can't manage to notch a victory.
Knocking off Cesaro should feel more like beating the Russian from Rocky IV than just another mid-level Superstar.