Alberto Del Rio was one of the top heels in WWE until he was let go by the company this week.
The four-time world champion has been positioned on the edge of the main event scene (or within it) for his entire WWE career. In recent months, he has been an excellent workhorse for the company, regularly competing in several televised matches every week.
With the departure of Mexico's Greatest Export leaving a gap in the card, this could be an opportunity for neglected star Cesaro to make his mark as a heel.
Like Del Rio, Cesaro's main strength is the proficiency of his in-ring work. The Swiss Superman became a standout Superstar at the beginning of this year, leading to his eventual split from Jack Swagger and the Real Americans at WrestleMania XXX.
The seemingly inevitable babyface turn never happened, however, as Cesaro was placed into a half-hearted alliance with Paul Heyman. Even as Cesaro's advocate, Heyman seemed to only have an interest in continuously putting over Brock Lesnar's triumph over the Undertaker's streak.
Since Lesnar's return, Heyman and Cesaro have ended their professional relationship. It has also been reported by F4WOnline (h/t to WrestleZone) that WWE Creative is holding back on Cesaro's push as a fan favourite until the Roman Reigns experiment has succeeded or failed.
This has left one of the WWE's most talented workers languishing in the mire of the crowded midcard. However, without the reliable presence of Alberto Del Rio, the creative team needs an equally dependable workhorse heel to fill that gap.
Cesaro could comfortably fill that role.
His ring work has been consistently excellent, with recent bouts against John Cena and Dean Ambrose being highlights of their respective shows. Cesaro can get a good match out of almost anyone and is one of the few marquee WWE heels that the company will allow to take clean defeats.
The Del Rio role would also mask Cesaro's weaknesses on the mic. Only required to cut the occasional promo, Del Rio had been able to let his wrestling do the talking, which would suit Cesaro perfectly.
Could Cesaro fill the void left by Alberto Del Rio?
By slotting into this new position on the card, Cesaro will also be positioned consistently on the fringes of the main event scene. Whenever Creative does decide to light the fuse on his big babyface run, his step up to the championship picture will be plausible.
The fact of the matter is that WWE needs an upper midcard heel who can consistently produce quality in-ring action. Cesaro is certainly capable of that and can add star power to any match in which he appears.
Whether it's as an Authority stooge or on his own, Cesaro needs to be booked in a similar way to Del Rio while his face push is on hold.
Regular exposure on television and a decent win-loss record will make his journey to the pay-per-view main event scene a lot easier.