During his time as CEO of WWE Vince McMahon has become adept at knowing when to call out wrestlers and how to push the buttons of his main roster talent to secure results.
Gone are the days he does this in-the ring on a regular basis, instead the WWE chief uses podcasts and interviews to call out Superstars and earler this year it was Cesaro who came in for criticism.
Vince McMahon lamented the Swiss wrestler for failing to connect with the WWE Universe and lacking certain key characteristics. Now, speaking on Michael Cole's weekly sit-down segment, Cesaro has revealed exactly what he did when he heard the comments, and just what he told Vince McMahon the next day.
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"To be honest I was driving to the next town and I was white knuckling the steering wheel," explained Cesaro when recounting an overwhelming feeling of frustration as he listened to McMahon's words.
"But then I thought about it, I slept on it, and the next morning I came to RAW, went to Mr. McMahon's office and walked right in and looked him in the eye and said 'Vince, challenge accepted."
Cesaro, as he notes in the interview which can be seen in full at the bottom of this article, clearly believes that taking the criticism head on and using it to motivate him moving forward has helped him make big strides in the WWE.
Since the CEO's harsh words the Superstar has gone on to secure a Tag Team title alongside Tyson Kidd and, had it not been for his partner's serious neck injury, it was likely the duo would be in huge matches at all the major PPVs this year.
WWE fans, and Vince McMahon himself, will be delighted to see this sort of attitude from a wrestler who has had his struggled to get over with the WWE Universe in the past.
Rather than sulking and retreating into his shell Cesaro has come out fighting and challenged himself to prove Mr. McMahon wrong.
This was likely Vince's plan all along and it just shows he knows exactly which wrestlers can take the criticism and which require a different type of motivation.
McMahon's infamous "brass ring" speech served to inspire a number of mid-card stars to achieve better things, and WWE Superstars of the future will have to get used to being called out by the boss if they are going to make it to the top.