Cesaro continued his run up the WWE ladder with an impressive win over Jack Swagger and Rob Van Dam in a Triple Threat Extreme Rules match at the Extreme Rules pay-per-view on Sunday.
The Swiss Superman's strength and athleticism make an excellent combination with the personality of his new manager, Paul Heyman.
Before the match even began, Heyman delivered his usual fire on the microphone. Despite a little stumble, Heyman set the table and garnered the desired heat by reminding the fans that "his client, Broooooock Lesnaaaar" conquered The Undertaker's undefeated WrestleMania streak.
WrestlingInc.com shouted out Heyman's commanding mic skills:
Once in the ring, the action was back-and-forth. All three men had their moments.
Cesaro seized control and hoisted former tag team partner Swagger up for the Giant Swing. Van Dam interrupted the move with a spinning kick. The crowd was none too happy.
RVD's edge didn't last for long. He went to the top rope to go for an aerial move, but Swagger countered him with a top-rope belly-to-belly suplex.
Swagger immediately turned his advantage into a Patriot Lock. It was Cesaro's turn to stop a signature move midway through.
A Springboard European Uppercut sent all three men flying.
To almost no one's surprise, Swagger was the first man eliminated. No matter how many times I see Cesaro perform the suplex from the second rope and the ring apron, I'm still impressed.
Right after Cesaro planted Swagger in the middle of the ring, RVD finished him off with a Five-Star Frog Splash.
Dalyxman felt like most of the WWE Universe:
Cesaro and RVD went at each other for the next few minutes. Cesaro demonstrated his fantastic strength and dexterity. A belly-to-back suplex into a bridge was especially awesome.
RVD teased a coast-to-coast, but Cesaro wouldn't allow it. The trash can did get some play (and more love than Swagger from some of the WWE Universe). WWE Creative Humor proved it was true to its Twitter handle:
That trash can has already been a better third member of the match than Jack Swagger #ExtremeRules— WWE Creative Humor (@WWECreative_ish) May 5, 2014
Cesaro ended it violently with a Neutralizer on the very trash can RVD threatened smash into him. Ringside News has a tweet that captured the moment of truth:
Pro Wrestling Illustrated showed love to the "King of Swing":
Overall, the match was a little disappointing. There were decent moments, but it all felt inconsequential in the end. YouTube personality 21 Blackjack summed it up nicely:
This match had some nice spots, but the match itself... ...ehh. #ExtremeRules— Viginti Unus (@its21blackjack) May 5, 2014
Cesaro is still one of the hottest stars in the promotion. Hopefully this is just another step in his ascension toward consistent main event showings in the future.
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