The Elimination Chamber is a pay-per-view that always guarantees us plenty of things. Being the final show before WrestleMania, we are usually guaranteed a twist, a returning star or two, and a few surprises.
The biggest surprise of last years show was arguably Jack Swagger's victory inside the Chamber—when he overcame the likes of Chris Jericho, Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan to earn a title shot at WrestleMania 29.
Ironically, it is his tag team partner who looks set for the biggest future of the pair at this year's Elimination Chamber. It is a pretty big shock that Antonio Cesaro is even inside the Chamber—let alone a possibility of him actually winning it.
Well, in all honesty, he probably won't be the man who emerges with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. However, the fact he is in the match sends out a pretty strong message over just how bright his future is with the WWE.
A quick glance at previous Chamber competitors tells us even more over the huge future Cesaro will have. He is alongside five former world champions in this year's match—and you have to go back to 2012 to find someone who hasn't held a major belt in the WWE, yet was inside an Elimination Chamber match.
With such a stacked roster and one unified championship, that signifies just how well thought of Cesaro is in some circles with the WWE. He has come a long way with the company since his debut in April of 2012—when he was a former rugby player who was banned for "excessive aggression." That emphasis on his European roots almost seemed to hold him back at times—but it didn't stop him becoming an excellent United States Champion.
It all fell apart a little bit when the WWE tried to introduce a yodeling gimmick to Cesaro's character—but his championship reign of 239 days was a sign of things to come. An alliance with Swagger and Zeb Colter to form The Real Americans seemed a decent enough move—but they have bizarrely failed to capture gold as a tag team.
They are a pretty good team, and with the colorful Colter by their side, they make for entertaining television. Despite their pro-American profile, the tag team belts have somehow managed to evade them—although they went close on several occasions.
Cesaro has something that many people don't in the WWE, though—a signature move that sends the crowd crazy. The "Cesaro Swing" is a maneuver that certainly seems to have heightened Cesaro's popularity—and is something that will serve him well should a face turn come his way. Daniel Bryan's running knee that is preceded by "YES!" chants has a similar effect—look at his position in the company.
There is no doubt that Antonio Cesaro will be moving upwards before too long. He should thrive inside the Elimination Chamber, and will hopefully put on a strong showing to showcase his talents. You would imagine he will split from Swagger before too long, and show everybody just what he can do on his own.
His United States Championship reign suggested that in spells—but following on from the Elimination Chamber, Antonio Cesaro will prove just how talented he is.