There was no build to Sunday’s 2014 WWE SummerSlam pre-show match between Rob Van Dam and Cesaro, but it turned out to be much better than expected. RVD was able to defeat Cesaro.
WrestlingINC.com had the news and questioned WWE's decision:
#WWEKickOff: To quote Jerry Lawler, "The fourth time is the charm." RVD hits a 5-star frog splash and covers Cesaro for the win.— WrestlingINC.com (@WrestlingInc) August 17, 2014
SummerSlam is one of the biggest shows of the year, and the WWE was smart to add a pre-show match that lives up to the magnitude of the pay-per-view. Most hardcore wrestling fans love RVD because of his history in the business and love Cesaro due to his in-ring style and impressive athleticism.
With both men possessing an in-ring savvy and a respect for the business, the resulting match lived up to the lofty expectations that surround both of these men when they hit the ring. Regardless of the fact that there was absolutely no storyline here, the two men didn’t miss their opportunity to shine at SummerSlam.
While it’s typically great to see RVD take a win, this was the wrong booking decision.
According to PWInsider, via WrestlingInc.com, Van Dam is once again taking time off after SummerSlam. As RVD said in an interview with Ring Rust Radio earlier this year, he is working a part-time schedule that includes stretches of dates where he works non-stop, followed by extended periods of off time.
Do you see Cesaro as a future world champion?
If Van Dam is really taking time off, Cesaro should’ve won on Sunday.
It has been a rough stretch for Cesaro. He has taken several losses on free television over the last several weeks and left the side of former advocate Paul Heyman. RVD didn’t need the victory at all and it didn’t accomplish anything. Instead of using the match as a catalyst to get back Cesaro into the win column, it further buried him.
Cesaro would have made an ideal candidate to challenge Brock Lesnar if he goes on to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, but it now looks likely that he will settle into the role of Alberto Del Rio now that he was fired.
The WWE needs a talented heel that can put over all the top-tier faces. Let’s hope Cesaro doesn’t fill that role from now on.
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