While he may be an incredibly talented wrestler, over with the fans and a decent talker, Cesaro’s real entry into the WWE main event scene will come courtesy of a recent alliance with manager Paul Heyman.
The addition of the former ECW owner to Cesaro’s act cannot be underestimated.
Heyman is the biggest non-wrestler star on the roster. He is the best talker in the industry—at least when Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is not around anyway.
Blessed with phenomenal speaking skills, the man is seemingly incapable of churning out a bad promo. Whether he is gloating about Brock Lesnar’s shocking victory at WrestleMania XXX over The Undertaker or snobbishly talking down to the fans in attendance, he’s cutting the best must-see interviews around.
What’s more, WWE realizes it too.
Just look at how much of a priority Heyman has become on Raw and SmackDown over the past 18 months. He is rightfully given a ton of airtime and generally treated as one of the most important parts of the show.
This factor guarantees that Cesaro will ascend to the main event scene. WWE would have only given a valuable asset like Heyman to a wrestler it believed had a promising and bright future in the company.
It also helps ensure that Cesaro won’t be pushed initially, then quickly cast aside and forgotten like so many wrestlers before him (Dolph Zigger, Wade Barrett, Zack Ryder, etc). The presence of Heyman alone by his side will keep him relevant.
Certainly, the 33-year-old is far better off now than he was when aligned with Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger for the awful and tired “Real Americans” gimmick.
With that said, the situation is not entirely perfect.
Cesaro is a natural face—look at how fans clamor to see his tremendously exciting giant swing finishing move.
With this in mind, is pairing him with an obvious and unashamed heel like Heyman really the right move?
Of course, one possibility is that WWE is fully aware of the clash in personalities and is setting up Cesaro to grow a conscience and turn on his despicable manager somewhere down the road—leading into a battle with Heyman’s other friend, Lesnar.
Interestingly, F4WOnline (h/t RingSideNews) reports that Lesnar and Cesaro may very well be headed be for a match in the next year or so—a promising program that could solidify the Swiss wrestler as a genuine mega-star.
Thanks to Heyman, Cesaro’s future in wrestling is looking very good indeed.
Now let’s just hope WWE decides to team the manager with other ailing midcarders on the roster and potentially turn around their dwindling careers as well.