Examining Cesaro's Challenges as the Newest Paul Heyman Guy

Tom ClarkFeatured ColumnistApril 30, 2014

Cesaro and Paul Heyman
Cesaro and Paul Heymancredit: wwe.com

Cesaro is on an upswing in WWE.  The man referred to as the Swiss Superman is now a Paul Heyman guy, and that move has lead to a string of wins that is propelling Cesaro to the forefront of the company. For many fans, seeing Cesaro finally get an opportunity is a long time coming.

But while witnessing a WWE talent be given the chance to shine is always a good thing, the fact is that Cesaro will have his fair share of challenges.  And some of those challenges come in spite of his role as Paul Heyman's newest client.

One of the biggest challenges for Cesaro comes from WWE itself.  WWE is a company that appears to be in a transitional phase, with John Cena's time as the top guy coming to an end, and the rise of the next generation from NXT occurring.

Cesaro is part of that generation.

Cesaro and Hulk Hogan
Cesaro and Hulk Hogancredit: wwe.com

But fans need a reason to support Superstars, to believe that their favorites are heading to something big. A great example of that is Dolph Ziggler, who appeared at one time to be a surefire main event star. He was World Heavyweight champion and arguably the hottest performer in WWE.  

The debate among many fans was not if Dolph was a future top guy but just how successful he would be when he got there.

However, Dolph is now right back where he began.  His time in the spotlight has apparently ended.  This is perhaps not the result of anything that Dolph did but rather a case of mishandling his character and career.  

Whether it was intentional or not, Dolph Ziggler is now apparently as far from the top level of WWE as he was the day he entered the main roster.

Dolph Ziggler vs. Damien Sandow
Dolph Ziggler vs. Damien Sandowcredit: wwe.com

Could the same happen to Cesaro?  Will fans see him continue to get even hotter, building to a boil, and then suddenly it all disappears?

Another challenge for Cesaro is the fact that as of right now, there is no World Heavyweight Championship.  This is entirely out of his control, of course, but only one top-tier title means that the number of guys that could potentially win it shrinks considerably.

Other than John Cena, Randy Orton and the current champion Daniel Bryan, the choices of possible champions are limited.  How many Superstars are actually ready right now to win the belt, to assume the top spot with professional wrestling's most coveted championship?

But if the titles were separated, then suddenly the playing field would be wide open once again.  A Superstar like Cesaro could become either the WWE or World Heavyweight champion and have the opportunity to shine without the pressure of holding both titles.

Realistically, how far is he from becoming WWE World Heavyweight champion right now?

The challenge of living next to Brock Lesnar is also very real.  Lesnar is waiting in the wings, and The Beast is not concerned with anyone else Paul associates himself with.  That includes Cesaro.  While fans are jumping on Cesaro's bandwagon, the fact is that Brock is the top star of the two.

Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman
Brock Lesnar and Paul Heymancredit: wwe.com

One cross word from Lesnar on camera, one harsh reminder that Cesaro has never reached the main event level in WWE could perhaps hurt the Swiss Superman's character with fans. Brock basically comes and goes as he wants, used only as the company needs him.  He is booked in high-profile matches on high-profile pay-per-views like WrestleMania 30, where he ended The Undertaker's undefeated streak.

Right now, there is no way that Cesaro can compare to Brock.  And while the possibility of a match between the two men exists, what are the chances that Cesaro would actually go over on The Beast? Would he even have a chance?

But perhaps the biggest challenge for Cesaro lies with the spot he has next to Heyman. Being a Paul Heyman guy sounds like a great role, and it is in many respects.  Cesaro has more spotlight than he has ever had and everyone is talking about him.

Heyman is so good at what he does, and that includes selling his client to the masses.  He is the man that made WWE believe in CM Punk, and he is the man that kept Brock Lesnar relevant even when he was not there.  

He will surely do everything in his power to lend credibility to Cesaro and help solidify him as a main event contender in WWE.

Ryback and Curtis Axel
Ryback and Curtis Axelcredit: wwe.com

But there are two 500-pound gorillas in the room, and their names are Ryback and Curtis Axel.

Both men were Paul Heyman guys, and both men fell through the cracks.  Even though they are still working together and are on TV, the fact is that there are some unanswered questions regarding exactly why neither man was allowed to stay the course with Paul Heyman.

Could that happen to Cesaro?  Six months from now, could fans be wondering why WWE split Heyman and Cesaro up?  More importantly, could they be wondering why Cesaro is floundering in curtain-jerk matches while others are getting opportunities ahead of him?

Cesaro is currently in a great spot in WWE.  He is very good in the ring, he has all the potential to become a top star, and he is the newest Paul Heyman guy.  But there are challenges that Cesaro must overcome if he is to truly realize that full potential.  And many of those challenges come from WWE.

Here's hoping that the Swiss Superman finds a way to fly.