There is no doubt that Antonio Cesaro is on fire right now. Leading up to the Elimination Chamber match next Sunday, many are expecting Cesaro to steal the show. He has as much momentum as he has ever had coming off of a win against WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton in the main event of Smackdown last week. From an in-ring perspective, I don’t think even Daniel Bryan can touch Cesaro right now as far as who people want to watch wrestle in the WWE ring.
In addition to his ring work he is one of the most tireless workers in the company. He wrestles on Raw, NXT, Main Event, Smackdown, Pay per views… he just doesn’t stop. 3 days after competing for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at the Elimination Chamber pay per view he will have a 2/3 falls match on the live NXT special against Sami Zayn. He has been a staple of the tag division for months. Cesaro can’t stop working, and most would just as soon see him in as many matches as possible.
As of now, Cesaro seems to be getting a test run, providing him a small taste of main event spotlight. So far he definitely fits the bill, but he does have certain limitations. He will never be anything more than an average promo guy, and most would say that calling him ‘average’ is generous. Do I think he will be a future WWE World Heavyweight Champion? Personally, I do not, but there is nothing wrong with that. Not everyone that is a talented performer is going to get a shot at the biggest prize in the business.
But Cesaro can definitely carve out a career as an upper mid card/occasional main event type of performer. With the World Heavyweight Championship being merged with the WWE title, it is a good time for someone to take a belt like the Intercontinental Championship and give it legitimacy as the #2 belt in the company. Cesaro could definitely be that man. His current partner Jack Swagger has a match with Big E for the IC belt at the Elimination Chamber Pay Per View. If Swagger wins the belt, and then he and Cesaro have a break up feud, Cesaro could have a nice Wrestlemania moment early in his WWE career with a IC title victory after a potential face turn.
Not everyone sees Cesaro as a face, but I think it will be his easiest path to success. He is already cheered for his in ring performances, particularly anytime he busts out The Big Swing, which is arguably the most over move in the WWE currently. Cesaro doesn’t need to say much on the mic to be a great face, he just needs to show up and kick ass and the fans will support him. And maybe if things fall just right Cesaro can vault himself into main event super-stardom, but at the very least he is going to be a great staple of the roster for years to come.