Cesaro is on the fast track to the main event picture: he’s one match away from becoming the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
The King of Swing will compete in a ladder match for the vacant WWE title on June 29 at Money in the Bank. Triple H and Stephanie McMahon stripped Daniel Bryan of the title on June 9. It appears that Bryan was ruled unable to compete due to a neck surgery, which leaves an open door for Cesaro.
He defeated Rob Van Dam on the same date to qualify. He’ll face a tough list of competitors that include Sheamus, Randy Orton and Alberto Del Rio. Additional names will be announced in the coming weeks.
It may be a tough mountain to climb, but Cesaro is more than ready for the challenge. However, it may not be the right time to crown a European WWE champion.
Would it be a significant victory? Moreover, the pressing question is: Will fans view him as a paper champion considering Bryan never really lost the title? Though these concerns won’t be addressed immediately, many questions do arise from this situation, and they will be answered over time.
Therefore, Cesaro must not win the WWE title ladder match.
It’s too soon. Cesaro is ready from his history of wrestling matches and his new ally, Paul Heyman. Frankly, it’s a better story if he won the title at a different time.
The history of singles matches for championship titles carry more weight than bouts with multiple opponents. The storytelling is as old as time: the underdog challenger taking on the established champion.
Granted, both situations worked before and intriguingly enough happened at Money in the Bank three years ago.
The opener featured Daniel Bryan winning a shot at the world title in the Money in the Bank ladder match. He went on to win that title and become an established name over time. The main event was a one-on-one contest between CM Punk and John Cena for the WWE title. Punk won and became a household name overnight.
As you can see, both matches helped both wrestlers gain notoriety. On paper, it shouldn’t be a problem for Cesaro. However, it’s worse than you think.
Cesaro won’t get the notoriety or the time he deserves. The journey leading up to the match would be split, with Cesaro likely becoming an obstacle instead of the focal point.
Think of Heyman’s last advocate in Brock Lesnar before he became “The Beast.” In 2002, Lesnar was on a fast track facing established wrestlers, which led to Lesnar defeating The Rock at SummerSlam.
Cesaro’s rise is feeling rushed in this main event picture. He’ll get there and, in my opinion, eventually be crowned the WWE champion. But make it meaningful. It should be a match where we can focus on Cesaro, not Bryan’s absence.