Maybe it’s time for Vince McMahon to finally give up the reigns of WWE and let a hipper generation take a crack at making the wheel turn.
Nah, that’s exactly what’s happening now and we all see the product in the ring and in cable buys and WWE Network purchases. Someone stop this runaway train before it crashes and burns into a thin crisp of twisted metal.
McMahon’s latest incarnation of “unbelievability” is the notion he does not like the idea of pushing Cesaro because, according to a story found on inquisitr.com, the Swiss superstar is “boring” and does not have the punch that McMahon likes in his top-level performers.
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Excuse me? Isn’t this the same guy who is shoving 265 pounds of Roman Reigns down our throats and begging us to buy pay-per-view packages? Isn’t this the guy who once thought Shawn Michaels couldn’t sell his WWF?
To quote Aaron Sass in his story, “For nearly four decades, Vince McMahon has had the final say on absolutely everything that happens on WWE television. Like anyone else, Vince is able to be talked into doing something that he originally thought was a horrible idea. But there are things, for better or for worse, which he just won’t budge on. Cesaro is one of those things.”
WWE signed Cesaro back in 2011, and he finally made his television debut for the company in 2012, after spending roughly seven months in WWE’s developmental territory, Florida Championship Wrestling.
There are few wrestlers who come along, leaving crowds in awe with his pure strength and his style. Yes, there are deficiencies in his delivery and yes, he has a Nikita Koloff quality to him, minus the fact Koloff was American and sold the Russian identity like it was a real theft.
Cesaro never asked to be a face in WWE – he was adopted by the fans. He also was forced into it thanks to an injury to his tag team partner Tyson Kidd. But the more he got in the ring, the more he received pops from the fraternity of wrestling fans, and the more it made sense.
Matches with Kevin Owens, John Cena and Randy Orton only heightened his appeal and whether McMahon, who has not had huge success lately in his judgement calls, likes it or not, Cesaro could be the right mix of fandom and aggression this company needs until Cena comes back after his time off.
How this all plays out is really in McMahon’s wheelhouse – loving heavyweights who are throwbacks to a time when Dick the Bruiser, Billy Robinson and Bob Orton Sr. tore limbs from sockets, and making men submit from vice grips.
Cesaro is every 40-something wrestling fans dream. As Sass added, “Despite WWE’s best effort to cool him off, Cesaro has managed to get the people completely behind him every time he appears at an event. His work is respected by his peers and WWE legends such as “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Mick Foley, and Jim Ross.”
I’d kill to see him in the ring with the likes of Dory Funk, Jr., Bret Hart and even Harley Race. Yes, he is that good and his talents are being wasted in a middle of the pack mid-card that could be really good if Owens, Wade Barrett, Rusev and Ryback could just wrestle and beat the hell out of each other.
Cesaro is the man who could benefit the most, besides Dolph Ziggler, from a Cena flight delay. Fans can only hope McMahon sees that and comes to his senses. If not, the Chairman of the Board will once again miss the boat on talent, much like Drew Galloway and Shelton Benjamin. It’s not too late. Now, if we could only find someone to convince McMahon he is wrong.
Good luck with that one.
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