On Monday Night RAW this week, Cesaro defeated Kevin Owens to become the new number one contender for the Intercontinental Championship just one week after his return.
Heavily taped up and selling his shoulder throughout, Cesaro pinned Owens after a Neutraliser to earn the right to face The Miz for the IC Title at WWE Payback in May.
With Cesaro being featured in two high profile matches since his return - this and the fatal four-way last week - and now entering a program with the Intercontinental champion, is the Swiss Superman finally being taken seriously in WWE?
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Having amassed a huge following thanks to his incredible mix of strength, athleticism and agility, Cesaro has been relegated to minor feuds in the past year and a half or so, with his last big moment coming when he won the WWE Tag Team Championships with his partner Tyson Kidd.
However, he lost those titles just a few months later and Tyson's possibly career-ending spinal injury put a stop to any chance of the titles being regained.
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Everything from his failed push after winning the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania XXX, to the bad luck of Tyson's, and then his own, injury has only strengthened fan support for Cesaro. The Cesaro section wants to see their hero succeed and his constant setbacks have only increased that desire. It would seem that fans of the Swiss Superman would have something to be happy about then following Cesaro's high-profile return and impending title match.
But, are things really as good as they seem?
Let's not forget, Cesaro's been here before. He challenged for both the US and Intercontinental championships in late 2014, but nothing came of it. Cesaro has always seemed like the "close, but no cigar kinda guy", so what's different about this time?
The answer - everything.
Cesaro's fanbase has exploded in recent months, even more so since he's been inactive. Just check out the pop he received when he returned the night after WrestleMania for proof.
Also, the talent pool has significantly decreased too. Vince McMahon's old favourites, John Cena, Randy Orton, Seth Rollins etc., are all out, so there's very little choice for the boss but to go for someone who the fans love and can put on a good show.
Being thrust into such a high profile feud so early into his return, and with the WWE in the state it is currently, things might turn out different for the Swiss Superman this time.
After facing so much disappointment in his WWE career so far, all the signs point to Cesaro finally getting his dues, maybe not at Payback, but soon.
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